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Breaking: Escrow.com to be Acquired by Freelancer.com

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A few moments ago, I received an email from Escrow.com President Brandon Abbey announcing that Escrow.com was acquired by Freelancer.com. According to a press release (published in its entirety below), Freelancer.com “announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Escrow.com from a private investor for US$7.5 million in cash.” The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

Commenting on the acquisition in an email, Brandon said the following:

“Needless to say, this is very exciting for us to be joining the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace and their 15 million users in 247 countries around the world. The company will remain a California based business and we will continue to operate the business as usual and to exceed the high standards that you have come to expect from us.”

Based on those comments, it seems like this is good news for the company, as it will open up more opportunities for Escrow.com to be used to facilitate payments for the Freelancer.com audience. I am hopeful that Escrow.com continues to be run in the same manner in the past, as I appreciate the attention the company gives its customers, and they are a trusted partner of mine, both for my escrow transactions and as a sponsor of this blog.

The press release published by Freelancer.com can be found below: → Read More


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Crowdrise Founder Buys NepalEarthquakeRelief.com

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There was a catastrophic earthquake in Nepal today. The death toll is in the hundreds and rapidly rising, and the number of injured is in the thousands. This tragic situation continues to unfold, as aftershocks hit the region and more information is shared.

It seems that every time there is a major disaster or tragedy, there are people who try to capitalize on it by buying associated domain names. In the case of the recent earthquake in Nepal, I want to share one important domain name registration that is going to help people who have been hard hit by the earthquake and in need of assistance: NepalEarthquakeRelief.com.

If you visit NepalEarthquakeRelief.com, you’ll see that it forwards to ShikshyaFoundationNepal.org, a non-profit organization in Nepal. A Whois search shows that NepalEarthquakeRelief.com was registered today by Jeffrey Wolfe, who is one of the founders of Crowdrise, a startup that uses crowdsourcing to raise money for good causes.

I reached out to Wolfe for a comment about the domain name registration and fundraising efforts, and here’s what he had to say: → Read More


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Sell Your LLL.com Domain Name

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Do you have a 3 letter .com domain name for sale? I am always on the lookout to buy LLL.com domains at good / reasonable prices.

Over the years, I have privately and publicly bought and sold quite a few three letter .com domain names. I currently own at least one LLL.com domain name in my portfolio, and I am looking to add more of them to my inventory. I am regularly buying and selling when good deals are presented.

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Sedo Great Domains April Auction Results

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The Great Domains monthly auction for April concluded today, and the sales results are below. In total, eight domain names were sold in this auction. Veilingen.nl was the largest sale at 31000 EUR (approximately $33,575 USD). I believe Veilingen means something related to auctions in Dutch.

There were four 3 letter domain names sold in this auction. Two of those sales were .com domain names. Interestingly, only two of the ten total sales were .com domain names. Four of the sales were ccTLD domain names.

The full list of sold domain names was published below. Keep in mind that this auction concluded today, and it is likely that the buyers have not completed their purchases yet. As such, these deals should be considered pending until Sedo officially reports the domain names as sold.

April Great Domains Results: → Read More


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How I Reach Out to a Domain Owner

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Just about every day, I send emails to domain owners with the hope of buying their domain names. This morning on Twitter, someone asked me about approaching a domain owner to buy a domain name without coming across as a scammer:

How do you reach out to a domain owner, looking to purchase his/her domain without coming off as a valuation scammer,” I was asked.

I thought I would share some fairly simple advice to people who want to buy domain names directly from the owners.

I think the most important thing is to make a reasonable offer. Money talks. You can be the nicest, smartest, wealthiest, poorest…etc person in the world, but if you don’t offer the domain owner something of value, it isn’t going to get a deal done. There are many things that can be offered, such as cash, equity, collateral, tax deduction, products, services and perhaps other things I can’t think of off the top of my head.

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Help.com Founder in Inc’s 30 Under 30

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The founder of Help.com was listed in this year’s Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 list composed of the “best and brightest young entrepreneurs” under the age of 30. Doug Hanna is a 24 year old who founded Help.com in 2014.

According to the company’s twitter profile, Help.com is “building the next generation of customer service software.” Help.com is an intuitive domain name that is perfect for what the company is offering.

The Help.com domain name is a fantastic url, and it was obviously expensive to acquire. The Inc article touches on the topic of cost, but it doesn’t share much detail about the acquisition price:

“Another knack Hanna evidently has: choosing domain names. Figuring a moniker like Help.com could set his company apart in a competitive space, Hanna tracked down its owner and negotiated a deal. He won’t say how much he paid, but he admits: ‘A lot.'”

The Whois record for Help.com went private in January of 2014, but prior to that, Help.com was owned by CBS Interactive, according to the DomainTools Whois History Tool. The domain name was acquired by CBS as → Read More


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