It’s Memorial Day weekend, which is a holiday weekend in the United States. Memorial Day is a day to honor the memory of people who lost their lives while on active duty in the United States military. I wish you a nice and meaningful weekend and thank you to those who have served.
Here are some thoughts and updates for the weekend. As always, your domain industry thoughts and updates are welcome.
Thanks to all who have supported our fundraising efforts as we raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Karen and I are riding in the 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge in August, and we have set lofty fundraising goals. I have raised over 25% of my fundraising goal so far, and I sincerely appreciate the support! Dana-Farber is a great organization, and any amount you can donate would be appreciated.
Manmeet Singh of JUA.in is reporting that his company brokered the sale of 143.com for an undisclosed sum of money:
— Jua.in (@Jua_in) May 22, 2015
After receiving an email from Manmeet and seeing the tweet above and a post on Facebook, I reached out to see if he could share any information about the sale or insight about the domain name. Here’s what he had to say about the deal that has already reportedly closed: → Read More
Over the years, I’ve heard people say things like, “I wish I knew about domain names back in the 1990s. I would have bought some of the best names and sold them for a lot of money.” For some reason, people think that they had to be knowledgeable about domain names back in the 1990s or even early 2000s to make FU money. This is BS.
If you are at your computer reading this on a nice Friday before Memorial Day weekend, you are probably like me and missed the boat in the 1990s and as recently as a few years ago. I never look back regretfully at the 1990s, but I do feel like I missed the boat with numerics and short .com domain names.
I have owned and sold quite a few numeric and three letter .com domain names. I made a decent profit on them even. However, had I been more aggressive in my acquisition efforts a few years ago, I probably would have earned enough money on sales to be able to retire or at least scale back considerably on my work.
Some numeric domain names that were → Read More
I wasn’t aware of this until yesterday, but Name.com has a weekly promotion for two hours every Thursday afternoon. From 3-5pm MST on Thursdays, Name.com runs a promo called “Bottom’s Rupp” (John Rupp is an account manager at the company). At this time each week, the company offers a variety of discounts and special offers on domain names and other services offered by the company.
The special promotions and discounts change each week. Many of the promotions are focused on new gTLD domain names. The company published a blog post about Bottom’s Rupp on the Name.com blog earlier this week. Name.com will provide a special promo code that is valid during the two hour Bottom’s Rupp event each week.
Known for its fun videos, Name.com created a → Read More
There’s a neat article on Forbes right now about Divyank Turakhia. Divyank and his brother Bhavin turned a $600 loan from their parents into a massive company (Directi) that was sold for a reported 9 figures back in 2013.
According to the video embedded within the article, Div is now working on his seventh company, Media.net. In addition, Div has a reported net worth of around $450 million. A great deal of Div’s net worth has come from the success of his domain industry businesses, which includes Skenzo, Radix, BigRock, and others. Div is just 33 years old.
The focus of the Forbes article is not only on Divyank’s domain industry companies, but also on his aeronautical skills and his enjoyment of flying.
Unfortunately, I am unable to embed the video within this article, but it’s worth checking out when you have a chance.
I read a couple of tweets that mentioned that ICANN President and CEO Fadi Chehadé will be stepping aside next year. A few moments ago, I received an ICANN News Alert confirming this news.
According to the email I received from ICANN, “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that President and CEO Fadi Chehadé has informed the Board he will be concluding his tenure in March 2016 to move into a new career in the private sector (outside the Domain Name Industry).”
These are certainly interesting times for ICANN, and I am sure there will be quite a few people who wish to lead ICANN in the future. I am not much of an ICANN watcher or a person who spends much time thinking about Internet governance, but I am sure this news is of importance for those who are active in the ICANN community. ICANN 53 is coming up in about a month in Buenos Aires, and I presume this will be a topic of interest.
In case you don’t receive ICANN News Alerts but want to learn more, the content of the email has been published below: → Read More