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Etsy Gets Etsy.Studio But Uses EtsyStudio.com


Etsy StudioIn a tweet this afternoon arts and crafts marketplace Etsy announced that it would be launching a new marketplace for craft supplies called Etsy Studio. Fast Company published an article about this new marketplace earlier today. The article offered a glimpse into the company's plans for Etsy Studio, which is expected to open for business in April of this year.

When I saw the tweet about Etsy Studio, my first thought was about the Etsy.Studio domain name that was referenced. I then thought about whether or not the company is going to use that new gTLD domain name for its website. I visited Etsy.Studio and saw that Etsy.Studio forwards to EtsyStudio.com. Social media for this new marketplace (Pinterest) appears to confirm that the company intends to use EtsyStudio.com and not Etsy.Studio for its website. I would imagine they will continue → Read More

Bill Glenn Departs Rightside Amid Restructuring


In a tweet shared late last week, Bill Glenn, VP of Marketing at Rightside, announced his departure from the company:

I reached out to Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu to see if he had any comment about Bill and/or other changes at Rightside. Taryn let me know the company is restructuring in light of the sale of eNom to Tucows. Here's what Taryn had to say via email: (more…) → Read More

35 Layoffs at Rightside Following eNom Deal


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

Rightside Sells Enom to Tucows


EnomI just received some breaking news from Enom that I want to share with you. According to the email I received, Tucows has acquired Enom from Rightside. Both Tucows (TCX on NASDAQ) and Rightside (NAME on NASDAQ) are publicly traded companies. A press release published by Tucows reports that "Tucows will pay $83.5 million and the transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings." As noted in the press release, this deal will make the combined company the second largest domain registrar in the world behind GoDaddy.

I have not yet had time to think about the implications of this (or rationale for this deal). I am curious about why Rightside decided to sell Enom and what will happen with Rightside's other domain registrar, Name.com, which it acquired in 2013 when Rightside was part of Demand Media. I am curious what will come of the relationship with NameJet, both on the buy and sell side since Tucows has a relationship with GoDaddy on its expiring inventory. I am also curious about how the Enom customer support and → Read More

NamesCon Sponsor Spotlight: Rightside


Rightside GroupNamesCon 2017 is less than a week away! In just a few short days, attendees from all over the world will begin arriving in Las Vegas for the largest conference of the year. Conference tickets are still available, so reserve yours today!

Today's Sponsor Spotlight interview is with Matt Overman, Vice President and General Manager of the Aftermarket and Premium Domains at Rightside.

What is your company's mandate; what sets you apart?

Rightside provides new personalized domain names and services that enable businesses, brands, and individuals to expand and personalize the way they tell their stories online. We partner with resellers, registries, registrars, and a wide variety of domain investors to build and grow their businesses. Essentially, we’re committed to significantly expanding the available digital real estate, and with a portfolio of 40 new TLDs, we offer something for everyone.

Who benefits from your product or service?

Everyone. Small businesses are often forced to choose a completely different business name when → Read More

Rightside Announces “Connecting the Dots” Webinar Series


Rightside GroupEducating prospective buyers is an important aspect of marketing the new domain names. Rightside announced a new educational webinar series called "Connecting the Dots," to help educate people about the new domain extensions and how to use them.

In a blog post this afternoon, the company announced the first seminar in the series will take place on November 16, 2016. The title of the first seminar is “Everything You Need to Know About Buying Domains.” This will be a 30 minute session that starts at 10am Pacific time on the 16th. Rightside's Sean Ottey and Jebidiah Burnett will lead this webinar.

The live event is limited to 50 participants, although a video of the webinar will be made available following the seminar (uploaded by the 21st). The webinar is free to attend and it is open to anyone. Rightside has asked (more…) → Read More

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