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Rightside “Focused on Building Relationships”

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Rightside GroupThe domain investment space has been abuzz today regarding the reported price increases on some of the new extensions operated by Uniregistry. GoDaddy commented about the news in an earlier blog post, and .Club also chimed in from a registry point of view.

This afternoon, I had a conversation with Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu. We chatted about the industry news of the day, and he shared some perspective with me that I can share with readers:

"The business decisions of any one registry aren't representative of the new TLD program.

At Rightside, we believe in our TLDs and the program as a whole.  To drive our business forward, we are focused on building relationships with our customers and channel partners alike and believe that transparency and trust are critical factors in doing so.  I want to reassure our valued customers who have invested in our TLDs that we will not be following suit.

We continue to see our registry business grow, with healthy average sale prices in the $20 range and over $7M worth of premium sales → Read More


How Major Brands Are Adopting Branded Short Links

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Rightside made a very generous contribution to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a part of my 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge fundraising campaign in exchange for the publication of this article.

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On February 14th, Etsy announced the launch of Etsy Studio in a social post. While Etsy.studio certainly would be a great, memorable domain for their project’s primary website, as Elliot previously suggested, Etsy has at least made an excellent decision to start using the domain on social media. In fact, Etsy is just one of many brands and individuals utilizing a new wave of Branded Short Links.

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A Branded Short Link is a URL that is, as the name suggests, both (more…) → Read More


Name.com Partners with Ganjapreneur on Domain Marketplace

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ganjapreneur-logoGanjapreneur, a website targeting professionals in the cannabis and marijuana trade, announced a new domain name sales marketplace. As you would expect, the focus is on domain names related to the business of cannabis and marijuana. With the legal status of marijuana and cannabis usage changing in many states over the last few years, this industry is growing considerably.

The company announced the launch of the marketplace in a blog post yesterday, and Andrew Rosener, CEO of Ganjapreneur, shared some additional information about the domain name sales marketplace:

"I’m really excited to announce a new marketplace for cannabis domain names and any domain name that may be a good brand fit for an upcoming cannabis startup or product.  After all, many of the best brands don’t inherently imply cannabis at all.  The marketplace is highly curated (pun intended) and our objective is to eliminate all the noise (filter out low quality domains). To do so, we charge $99 per domain listing and manually review each and every domain → Read More


Etsy Gets Etsy.Studio But Uses EtsyStudio.com

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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

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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

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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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