07|15|2013 04:25 pm EDT
As reported by The Next Web, Automattic, the company that runs WordPress has acquired Lean Domain Search. The founder of the site, Matt Mazur, will continue to work for WordPress.com working on domain name related features. Automattic became an ICANN accredited registrar in 2010, but is currently still selling domain names through a partner registrar (as far as I can tell). Lean Domain Search was first introduced on HackerNews in the beginning of 2012. The service was originally launched as Domain Pigeon in 2009. In between the service was run as a freemium solution, but the site was switched back to being free in May of this year.
According to an Interview published by Domain Name Wire, Matt Mazur had been approached by Matt Mullenweg about working for Automattic earlier, but wasn’t able to do so at the time. He recently revisited the idea and Automattic was still interested in hiring him.