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Looks Like SE.com was Acquired by Schneider Electric

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It looks like George Kirikos has discovered another high value domain name sale. Based on some observations made by George that I can also see, it appears that Schneider Electric may have acquired the high value SE.com domain name:

For quite some time until mid-2016, SE.com had been registered and used by Centralnic. In mid-2016, the Whois record for the domain name went private. Within the last couple of weeks, the domain name registration moved from one privacy service to another. It is now registered to Nameshield Proxy Service. SE.com is not currently being used, aside from a default landing page provided by the domain registrar.

Some of the factors that lead George to believe the domain name was acquired by Schneider Electric are: → Read More


Rick Schwartz to Drop All “Premium .Whatevers in 2017″

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I don’t think it is a secret that Rick “Domain King” Schwartz doesn’t really like the new gTLD program, nor is it a secret that he owns some new gTLD domain names. This morning on Twitter, Rick announced that he intends to drop his premium new gTLD domain names (or at least that is how I interpreted the tweet below). I presume Rick is referring to the new gTLD domain names that do not have a standard renewal fee.

I don’t know Rick’s plans for his non-premium new gTLD domain names that have a standard renewal fee. I also don’t know how many of these “premium” domain names he currently owns. It would be interesting to know how many of these names Rick owns. Based on the tweet, it looks like Rick spent around half a million dollars to buy and renew these domain names. It will be also interesting to follow these drops to see if any of the registries opt to make these drops non-premium for future buyers and/or if others pick up his drops.

I have been contemplating what to do with two of my premium renewal new gTLD domain names – n.Holdings and n.Ventures. If anyone wants to purchase them, I would be happy to work out a fair price and I will donate all proceeds to my Pan-Mass Challenge ride.


We Passed the $5,000 Mark!

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Elliot Silver PMC FInishRiding in the Pan-Mass Challenge is one of my favorite things to do each year. Yes, riding my bike for 163 miles over two days is challenging for me, but having raised funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the cheering spectators along the route make the ride special.

The most challenging aspect of the ride for me is the training I do. I am not the most athletic person, so I train from the end of May until the end of July. For the first 2 weeks, I ride somewhere between 25-50 miles on one weekend day. For the rest of my training, I ride anywhere from 40 – 80 miles on Saturday and Sunday. This is in addition to running to stay in good health. The training rides are a challenge during the hot and humid Summer months, but it also a challenge for my wife who has to take care of the kids in the mornings.

As you may know, all of the funds raised by PMC riders benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the world’s leading cancer research and treatment organizations. DFCI does great things for its patients, and the discoveries its researchers make help people with cancer throughout the world.

My fundraising goal this year is an aggressive $12,000. This is more than I have ever raised before. So far with the help of friends, family, and particularly domain industry colleagues, we have raised just over $5,000. As a special “thank you” to my industry friends and colleagues, I have been adding the names of industry donors who are helping me reach my goal. I sincerely appreciate all of the support that has been given to me so far – it means a lot to me. I still have a long way to go to achieve my fundraising goal though.

This year’s ride means more to me than ever before. My ride is dedicated to someone I have known for almost 20 years who just started chemotherapy a week ago to fight pancreatic cancer.

If you are able to support my 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge ride in any way – be it a donation or even a tweet, I would be appreciative. If you are raising funds for a cause that is important to you, my wife and I are happy to support you.

Thanks so much for your support.


Funny Domain Name Story

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Someone shared this funny domain name story on Twitter, and I want to share it with you. The moral of the story is that you should hold business discussions in private (or quietly), and buy your domain name as soon as you think of it!


How I Would Start Over with $10,000

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Let’s say I wanted to start over from scratch in the domain investment space and I have just $10,000 to spend. I thought I would share how I would start over today without any domain names, $10,000 in cash, and the knowledge I already have.

I would spend as much time as it took reaching out privately to buy a single one word .com domain name. The domain name would need to be meaningful to many companies and/or people so my eggs aren’t in one basket hoping that the one prospect understands the value proposition. With this investment, I would need to be certain I could liquidate the name to another domain investor or at auction for at least the $10,000 I paid if I needed to get my cash back to start over because I overestimated the market interest.

Although this sounds simple, it really isn’t. It is very difficult to buy great, meaningful one word .com domain names for $10,000 or less. It takes a ton of time and research and a ton of dead ends. These types of deals are out there for those who are willing to go to the effort because most aren’t marked for sale and some are even developed websites.

Once my $10,000 name was acquired, I would try to find a buyer. Bear in mind that before I made my purchase, I would have done so with trademark risk mitigation and market research in mind to know that there is limited risk with the domain name from a TM perspective, there are many businesses that would want this domain name, and the domain name hasn’t been on the market or for sale before (or in a long time). I would also know how to contact prospective buyers, both from the approach and the actual contact person.

With my $10,000 investment, I would not try to get cute and buy → Read More


Prepare.com “is Not for Sale”

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If you want to buy the great (and obviously valuable) Prepare.com domain name, it is not for sale. The owner of the domain name has a creative page within his website to let people know Prepare.com isn’t for sale and he doesn’t have any intention of selling it.

In doing some Whois searches yesterday, I saw that the Whois information for Prepare.com directed people to a page within the website that discusses the domain name and why it is not for sale. I think some of what was written on the page is a bit tongue in cheek, but I like it. Reading between the lines a bit, my interpretation is that it is not for sale, but if someone is willing to make a very, very good offer for it, the owner would give it due consideration.

Negotiations can be exciting and interesting, but they can also be → Read More


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