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.
Earlier this morning, George Kirikos shared on Twitter that he “uncovered a previously unreported mid-6 figures domain name deal.” He promised to share the information about the sale once his tweet has 20 retweets, although he said it is a “non-CHIPs 4L .com.”
Likely because it is a Sunday, the tweet only has 16 retweets in the ten hours since George initially posted: → Read More
Accenture, one of the largest consulting companies in the world, has filed a UDRP proceeding against 75 .xyz domain names. The case was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2016-1682. I have listed the 75 domain names below.
I did a quick Whois search on a handful of the domain names, and it appears that they may all be owned by the same entity with a Vietnam address. The domain names I checked had an early-June registration date.
Based on the registration dates I saw, → Read More