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Victor Pitts Hired by MMX as Director of Premium Sales

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MMX LogoThis morning, I received an announcement about another noteworthy domain industry hiring. Industry veteran Victor Pitts has joined MMX (formerly known as Minds & Machines) as Director of Premium Sales for the Americas. Many people in the domain space likely know Victor from his days at Moniker (and Oversee.net), and more recently at Above.com.

In his new role with MMX, Victor will be working on selling some of the premium-designated domain names in the new extensions operated by MMX. Victor will also be working on various industry partnerships. I am sure his industry experience will be particularly helpful with the later aspect of his new role.

MMX also recently hired Solomon Amoako as VP of Channel Management.

The press release announcing the news is found below. Thank you to Simon Cousins for sharing the news with me. (more…) → Read More


Epik Hires Joseph Peterson as Director of Operations

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epikRob Monster, CEO of Epik, announced the hiring of Joseph Peterson as Director of Operations at Epik. Many people in the domain industry will recognize Joseph's name from his articles written on Domain Name Wire, as well as his well thought out written contributions in comments on domain industry blogs and forums.

This hiring is the second big announcement from Epik in the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, the company announced the acquisition of Undeveloped.com, a domain name sales marketplace. Although the value of the deal was not shared at the time of the announcement, Rob later told OnlineDomain.com the price was 4 million Euros.

The press release distributed by Epik has more information about Joseph's background and the role he will have at the company. You can find that below: (more…) → Read More


Epik Acquires Undeveloped

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Reza-Rob-Done-DealAccording to Epik founder Rob Monster, Epik has acquired the Undeveloped domain name marketplace and sales platform founded by Reza Sardeha. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it appears that the current team operating Undeveloped will stay on board and the two companies will continue to operate separately. According to the press release "Undeveloped will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Epik Holdings Inc group of Companies with the current management team."

Rob sent me an email with a press release announcing the news, and I have published that below:

Dutch Startup Undeveloped.com Announces Acquisition by US-based Epik Holdings Inc.


Undeveloped joining Epik allows the company to introduce a full-service solution for buying, selling, leasing and managing domains.


Undeveloped.com announced today that it has been acquired by Epik Holdings inc. The integration of the two companies will help Undeveloped further accelerate the growth of its marketplace for digital brands, after more than doubling → Read More


Epik Sends CloudBleed Email Update

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You may have already heard about a recently discovered security bug called CloudBleed. Based on what I have read about the bug, users of many websites could potentially be impacted, and people may not even know their accounts could become compromised. I presume there is the potential that this could involve domain industry companies.

Yesterday, I received an email from Epik that I want to share with you. I think it is a good idea for Epik (and other companies) to address this ASAP and make sure their customers are aware of the situation. Kudos to Epik for informing customers of the issue almost immediately. Hopefully other industry companies that may be impacted will follow suit. (more…) → Read More


Elliot Noss Comments on USV Investment

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PrintIn a blog post written by Union Square Ventures (USV) Managing Partner Brad Burnham on the USV blog, the New York City-based venture capital firm announced that it "made a substantial investment in Tucows." The VC firm did not mention how much it invested in the company, but the amount may eventually be revealed since Tucows is a NASDAQ-listed publicly traded company (TCX). You should have a look at the blog post to see all of the reasons USV made this investment.

I reached out to Tucows President and CEO Elliot Noss to ask for his reaction to seeing the confidence USV has in what his company has achieved and the company's plans going forward. Elliot was kind enough to reply and had this to say:

I have been bugging Brad to join the board for years. Of course I love all of the folks at USV, but this is really about Brad. As they noted, this is not their typical investment (at all). In fact it is the mirror image in many ways. That being said we have lots to learn from each other and we are both excited to start working on → Read More


35 Layoffs at Rightside Following eNom Deal

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Rightside GroupLate last week, I shared news of Tucows' acquisition of eNom. This is big news for a number of reasons, especially because Tucows will reportedly become the "second largest domain registrar in the world," trailing GoDaddy.

One unfortunate side effect of this deal is layoffs. I ran into Bari Meyerson at NamesCon, and she shared the news that she was let go. I worked with Bari for a number of years at Moniker, and I continued to work with her when she went to work at eNom. On the infrequent occasions that I had an account management issue at eNom, she would either help solve it or connect me with the person who could.

I reached out to Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu to ask about the layoffs, and he told me the company made about 35 layoffs as a result of the deal. The company now has approximately 125 employees following the conclusion of the deal. Taryn felt it was important to note to me that "the 35 layoffs were not a result of performance or ability, but the ugly side of deals of this nature."

It is unfortunate that layoffs → Read More


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