When I visited Escrow.com this morning, I noticed something that I had not seen before. The company has a graphic showing a group of logos of Internet brands below a heading that says “USED TO PURCHASE SOME OF THE BIGGEST DOMAINS ON THE INTERNET.” For your convenience, I shared the graphic above.
I presume this means that the domain names for these brands were bought via Escrow.com: → Read More
When I received my morning email from Dropping.com, OccupyWallStreet.com was the domain name coming up for auction that stood out the most. It looks like OccupyWallStreet.com expired in July, and the GoDaddy auction for it is concluding this afternoon.
The Occupy Wall Street movement was one of the leading news stories back in late 2011 and 2012. Although largely out of the public eye these days, it looks like Occupy Wall Street is still in action. You can see more about Occupy Wall Street and its current events on the OccupyWallSt.org website.
Paul Stahura has had a successful career in the domain business, long before the new gTLD domain names were available. If you aren’t familiar with Paul and his career, I think Ron Jackson’s article about Paul is a great place to learn more about his background.
Paul is the founder of Enom, which he launched in 1997. Enom went on to become one of the largest domain name registrars in the world, and the company was acquired in 2006. In 2010, Paul co-founded Donuts, and he serves as the company CEO. Donuts operates the largest portfolio of new gTLD extensions, and I think this gives Paul a unique perspective on the new gTLD space as well as the domain industry.
I asked Paul a series of five questions covering topics related to the new gTLD domain names and his company. If you have additional questions you would like Paul to answer, I invite you to post them in the comment section and perhaps he will find some time to answer them.
I appreciate that Paul was willing to be interviewed, and I hope you find the information he shared to be interesting.
Elliot: What Donuts accomplishments are you most proud of during the last 3 years?
Paul Stahura: There are many. First and foremost, → Read More
Luke Webster, a domain investor who is well known for his shaving-related startup, has launched a Kickstarter project for Shave Scents – The Shave Soap Solution. The Kickstarter campaign, which started yesterday, has a goal of $10,000.
Here is an excerpt from the campaign page with a bit of information about the product:
“Shave Scents is a uniquely combined 2 part wet shaving system. We have custom mixed the Scents to our extremely popular Pre-Shave Oil. This oil has recently been re-formulated to mix with our soap which allows our savvy customers to build a 2 in 1 lubricating luxurious lather with pre-shave properties built in (think of it like shampoo + conditioner + your desired scent + awesome). We know you’re going to love it. We have been working on this for nearly 2 years. We are excited to see the unique scent recipes / potions you discover with our alchemist kits.”
I embedded the campaign video below so you can learn more directly from Luke: → Read More
I was buying something on Amazon this morning, when I decided to search for “domain name.” I was initially curious to know if I would find any domain name listings on Amazon, but I was very surprised to see how many books about domain names are listed on Amazon.
Have a look at this screenshot of a portion of my search results: → Read More
It was quite impressive to learn that Divyank and Bhavin Turakhia had sold Directi to Endurance International in a low 9 figure deal. After the deal, the brothers retained their Media.net property, and that business has continued to grow and thrive (who said you need to have a .com to create a massive company?!).
This morning, another Turakhia deal was covered in Forbes, and it dwarfs the Directi deal from 2013. Here’s the jist of the deal written about in Forbes:
“AdTech pioneer Media.net, has been acquried by a Chinese consortium from serial internet entrepreneur Divyank Turakhia’s Starbuster TMT Investments in an all-cash transaction of $900 million.”
If you add those two deals together, that is $1 BILLION in deals. Wow!
I wonder what’s next for Div. It looks like he has the golden touch.