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Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday June 1st , 2018

May 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday June 1st , 2018
 DSAD.com:  You can and should never look back at the coulda woulda shoulda of your domain sales. But I would be lying if I said that every time is see a $50K plus sale of a NNNN.com I didn’t think backwards.   In hindsight, which is always 20/20, I would have been better off just keeping my 20 NNNN.com and done nothing else.  I would pro...

Revealed: Zuckerberg’s Biggest Regret

May 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Revealed: Zuckerberg’s Biggest Regret
 DNAcademy: Mark Zuckerberg’s biggest regret was not going with the better domain name from the start. When asked what he would do differently during an interview with Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston, Mark Zuckerberg was quick to mention he would “get the right domain name.” 💯

Revealed: Zuckerberg’s Biggest Regret

May 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Revealed: Zuckerberg’s Biggest Regret
 DNAcademy: Mark Zuckerberg’s biggest regret was not going with the better domain name from the start. When asked what he would do differently during an interview with Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston, Mark Zuckerberg was quick to mention he would “get the right domain name.” 💯

Revealed: Zuckerberg’s Biggest Regret

May 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Revealed: Zuckerberg’s Biggest Regret
 DNAcademy: Mark Zuckerberg's biggest regret was not going with the better domain name from the start. When asked what he would do differently during an interview with Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston, Mark Zuckerberg was quick to mention he would “get the right domain name.” 💯

Domain Investors Benefit From Global Online Advertising Trends

May 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Domain Investors Benefit From Global Online Advertising Trends
 Michael Gilmour:  Each year, venerable venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins, releases a slide deck which has become the “State of the Union” for the Internet. Of the 294 slides, a number immediately caught my attention as they directly impact domain traffic monetisation. There are over 3.6B Internet users in the world which represents 49% of...

Domain Names, Intellectual Property, And GDPR

May 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Domain Names, Intellectual Property, And GDPR
 Domaining Tips: Today: Domain prefixes and suffixes / Buying 2-word .com’s related to healthcare / Flo.com Sold for $127,258 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: .Best domain showcase – Do you have any .best domains you want to show off? Compare with what other investors are buying. [...

Why is upload.mn getting so many bids? Am I missing something…

May 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Why is upload.mn getting so many bids? Am I missing something…
 MorganLinton.com: So I was looking at expiring domain names on Park.io and noticed that Upload.mn had 14 bids and was currently at $3,600. I did a double take – did I miss something? When did .MN become a hot extension? Looking at NameBio I can  see records for six .MN sales: (Source – NameBio) While I’m […]

CentralNic reports 2017 earnings, merger with KeyDrive still in the works

May 31, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on CentralNic reports 2017 earnings, merger with KeyDrive still in the works

Company reports revenue increase in 2017 and hopes to merge with KeyDrive in Q3.

Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) published its 2017 annual report (pdf) today.

Topline revenue increased from £22.1m in 2016 to £24.3m in 2017. Profit after tax was basically flat at £1.0, but the company’s Adjusted EBITA measure grew from £5.5m to £6.6m.

CentralNic divides its business into three groups:

Retail – domain name registrars such as Instra and Internet.bs
Wholesale – registry services, such as managing the back end for .xyz
Enterprise – mostly premium domain name sales, but also corporate domain management and dot-brands

Revenue grew in the retail and wholesale divisions but slipped in enterprise. CentralNic has been on a premium domain hamster wheel that the company admits is running out of energy.

On the wholesale side, revenue growth came mostly from .xyz and Radix’s top level domains.

The company renegotiated its contract to run .xyz. It extended the contract until 2032 and structured it as a flat-fee agreement, with some increases possible based on volume.

CentralNic completed its acquisition of Slovakia’s .sk country code by buying SK-NIC on December 5, 2017. This contributed £0.3m of revenue for the 26 final days of the year. That business has nice margins; the adjusted EBITA margin was 79% for that period.

The company said merger discussions with KeyDrive are continuing and it hopes to complete the combination in Q3 of this year.

It also said it plans to offer online security and brand protection services to its corporate clients.

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German court denies injunction against Tucows’ registrar EPAG over GDPR

May 31, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on German court denies injunction against Tucows’ registrar EPAG over GDPR

Court agrees with Tucows that some Whois data is redundant.

A German Court in Bonn has denied (pdf) ICANN’s request for an injunction against Tucows’ domain name registrar EPAG.

ICANN filed the injunction request last Friday, the day the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. EPAG had notified ICANN that it no longer planned to collect data on administrative and technical contacts for Whois to comply with GDPR. ICANN has made it clear that registrars must continue to collect this data, even if they don’t have to publish it.

The stated goal of the injunction request was to force EPAG to continue collecting the data. But ICANN (and probably Tucows) also wanted to get clarity from courts about how GDPR impacts Whois.

In denying the injunction, the court agreed with Tucows’ position that the administrative and technical contacts can be duplicates of the registrant contact information, so it’s not really needed. There has not been a requirement that registrants provide different data for each contact type. In practice, it’s usually the same (with the exception of some hosts and registrars being named the technical contact).

ICANN says the German court ruling doesn’t provide it the clarity about GDPR and Whois is was hoping to obtain.

While ICANN appreciates the prompt attention the Court paid to this matter, the Court’s ruling today did not provide the clarity that ICANN was seeking when it initiated the injunction proceedings,” said John Jeffrey, ICANN’s General Counsel and Secretary. “ICANN is continuing to pursue the ongoing discussions with the European Commission, and WP29, to gain further clarification of the GDPR as it relates to the integrity of WHOIS services.

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11 recent end user domain name sales

May 31, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on 11 recent end user domain name sales

A software company, chatbot customer service tech company and padlock maker bought domain names.

DNW readers tell me they get a lot of value out of the end user domain sales lists. Unfortunately, these are going to be much harder to create with obscured Whois records. It can still be done, but I’ll have to rely more on use of domain names than on Whois information.

Because of travel and covering other topics over the past couple of weeks, I’m a bit behind on end user reports. I was able to capture some Whois info before it went dark, though, so I will release some of the recent sales that have taken place.

This list includes sales from Sedo’s 5-21 list. You can see previous lists like this here.

Wiise.com $18,000 – Business management software company Wiise.

MyDM.com €8,000 – dm-drogeriemarkt GmbH + Co.KG which uses the domain name DM.de.

Pendula.com $7,500 – Pendula is a customer support company with a focus on chatbots.

CryptoAwards.com $4,900 – FinExpo, a producer of financial conferences.

LesCourtiers.com $4,488 – Courtier means broker in French. The site is pitching financial products.

KaspSecurity.com €3,900 – Kasp makes physical padlocks.

PartnerHQ.com $3,000 – Partner HQ hasn’t launched yet but says it will be “Collaboration technology that enables event hosts to reach the highest levels of partner engagement and co-promotion.”

iCareAdvisors.com $3,000 – iCare Advisors creates optometric practices.

LibraryPictures.com $2,880 – Creative Artists Agency, a talent agency representing athletes, actors and other talent.

AngelChen.com $2,495 – Angel Chen is clothing designer who uses the domain name AngelChenStudio.com.

Zingsoft.com $2,000 – ZingChart offers Javascript Charts.

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