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10 notable NameJet sales from last month

December 8, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on 10 notable NameJet sales from last month

From Peb.com to Fidel.com, here are some notable domain name sales on NameJet last month.

NameJet sold 164 domain names over $2,000 last month for a total of $725,000. Here are ten sales that stuck out to me.

Peb.com $45,000 – I think the buyer will ultimately make a profit. This is a great pronounceable three letter domain name.

Fidel.com $16,000 – This domain sold just days before Fidel Castro’s death. I’m not sure the domain is worth this much as an investment.

ATTT.com $10,749 – Jaime Zoch and I discussed this domain on DNW Podcast #112.

Aeron.com $5,000 – The buyer is going to have to be careful about how they use this domain if they don’t want to fall afoul of Herman Miller.

ValueInvestor.com $3,688 – Might be the deal of the month. This is a fantastic domain for investment companies or a financial publication.

PaydayLoans.net $3,005 – Probably would have sold for more a year or two ago. I think this is a good price for the .net of a huge business…albeit one that is undergoing massive change.

Sweet.org $2,888 – .Org still has a certain cache, and I can see this making a decent candy store name.

GrantWriters.com $2,710 – Another solid buy. Lots of ads in Google for this term.

SpoilMe.com $2,655 – A Great brand for a luxury, clothing, or spa site.

DriverlessVehicle.com $2,600 – Definitely not the perfect driverless car domain, but it’s interesting to get a comp for this market.



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Donuts to hold off on Chinese IDNs until it gets MIIT approval

December 8, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Donuts to hold off on Chinese IDNs until it gets MIIT approval

Final dates not set for for Chinese internationalized domain names.

ChinaTop level domain name company Donuts is currently running sunrise for four Chinese IDN domain names, but it has yet to set general availability dates for the four domains.

Some registrars had planned to offer the domains in general availability by the end of this year. But Donuts, in response to an inquiry from Domain Name Wire, said that it will hold off on general availability until it gets approved by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). This approval is necessary for Chinese residents to buy and subsequently host the domain names in China.

MIIT approved three Western top level domain name companies’ domains (.Club, .VIP and .XYZ) this week. New top level domain name companies hope that this opens up the floodgates for more approvals.

Donuts’ decision to hold off on general availability makes sense given the target market for its domains. Unlike some other domains targeted to China, Donuts will likely maintain relatively high prices. Its target is end users in China, and they will want to host their domains locally.

The four Donuts domain names are:

.游戏 xn--unup4y (games)
.企业 xn--vhquv (enterprises)
.娱乐 xn--fjq720a (entertainment)
.商店 xn--czrs0t (shop/store)



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.Org non-profit is looking for new members of Board of Directors

December 7, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on .Org non-profit is looking for new members of Board of Directors

Want to be on the board of a non-profit domain name registry?

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org top level domain name and a few related new TLDs, is looking for new members for its Board of Directors. Nominations, including self-nominations, are due by December 11.

This role is not to be taken lightly, as the description and time commitment makes clear. Board members are expected to attend 15 full days of face-to-face meetings (not included travel time) each year and correspond daily over email.

PIR wants people with a strong financial background, experiences with startups or new ventures, and a solid understanding of the non-profit world that PIR serves. Experience outside of the domain name industry is a plus.

Compensation is quite limited (up to $12,000 per year), so Board members definitely need to look at this as a volunteer opportunity.



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16 end user domain buyers, including AIG

December 7, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on 16 end user domain buyers, including AIG

AIG among domain name buyers last week.

It was a very international week for Sedo, which disclosed 47 country code domain sales over $2,000. That’s more than twice the number of .coms! It was helped a lot by the .AT auction, but that only explains some of it. In fact, the top sale was Lampara.es for €36,000. Lampara is Spanish for lamp. The domain name is still in escrow.

The biggest buyer this past week was the insurance company AIG, which bought a four-word domain name that matches one of its brands.

(You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on Sedo, download this report.)

Here’s a look at end user sales from the past week.

BigBall.com $9,500 – The domain has whois privacy but it looks like the owner is getting ready to develop it.

JeffConnect.com $7,000 – Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia bought this domain for this service.

HelloTickets.com $5,750 – Hello Tickets SLU in Madrid

Interactor.com $4,000 – Puzzle Systems has an IoT technology sold under the Interactor brand.

Texport.com €3,999 – Texport Industries in Bangalore uses the domain name TextportGarments.com.

GraniteStateInsuranceCompany.com $2,599 – Insurance giant AIG. This is the name of one of its insurance groups.

GoldenKnights.tv $7,888 – The new Las Vegas NHL team. Raymond Hackney sold this domain.

Wuerth.kr $5,500 – Technology company Würth IT GmbH, which uses the domain name Wuerth-IT.com.

FinanceDirect.com.au $4,800 – Xeon Finance Group in Australia. The company’s main web page merely says it’s coming soon.

Sozial.eu €2,500 – Sozial is German for social. The buyer is socialnet GmbH, a company that helps with social work (not social media).

Macleod.co.uk £2,488 – Iain Macleod Associates Ltd in the UK.

MCHealth.net $2,490 – Commonwealth Health Corporation bought this domain for its Med Center Health.

LKR.de EUR 4,000 – Liberal-Konservative Reformer, a political party.

Sedo’s .at auction didn’t just attract domain name investors. Here are some end user sales:

IF.at €6,100 – IF Ihre Finanzprofis.at

WG.at €4,615 – Whitegroup GmbH bought an abbreviation.

WM.at €2,050 – Wilhelm und Mayer Bau GmbH got its acronym.



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Meet the brokers behind TS.com domain name purchase

December 7, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Meet the brokers behind TS.com domain name purchase

190.com brokers TS.com domain name acquisition.

GoDaddy’s NameFind sold the two letter domain name TS.com recently. While the buyer behind the deal is private, the buyer’s broker is not.

190.com brokered the deal for TS.com. While the company declined to disclose the sales price to Domain Name Wire, CEO JQ Tang told Domain Name Wire it was for high seven figures in RMB. That’s about USD $0.7 million to $1.5 million.

Dorothy Cui, Senior Domain Broker for 190.com, explained that the domain name is being held in 190.com’s name because it is collateral on a loan. 190.com lends money against domain names. The buyer needs to originally pay the full amount, and then 190.com lends money using the domain names as collateral. It only lends a portion of the value of the collateralized domain names. The company also lends money against domain names purchased elsewhere.

Cui said the company does about 20-30 million RMB per month in transactions across buy now, auction and brokerage transactions. That’s about USD $3 million to $4 million. It also recently brokered the purchase of 757.com for a mid six-figure price.

190.com is trying to innovate in the domain name market by launching an online exchange later this month. SJS.com (which is short for Digital Assets Exchange in Pinyin) will allow people to buy shares in domain names.



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Who goes to ICANN meetings? Here’s an answer

December 7, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Who goes to ICANN meetings? Here’s an answer

Meeting in India set a record thanks to over 2,000 first-time attendees from Asia.

Last month’s ICANN meeting in Hyderabad, India, set an all-time record for attendance at an ICANN meeting. There were 3,182 people, breaking the previous record of 3,155 for ICANN50 in London.

That London meeting in Summer 2014 was big because new TLDs had just started coming out. Why the big crowd this time?

The location was the big draw, with 70% of attendees from Asia. Over 2,000 of the 2,306 people from Asia Pacific were first-time attendees, so this shows that holding the meetings in diverse locations expands involvement.

Only 12% of attendees were from North America.

Government and IGO-affiliated people were the top segment of visitors but still made up only 23%. Private sector/domain industry people accounted for 22%.

At least 74% of attendees were male. I wonder how this compares to previous meetings.

You can see more data, including internet usage during the conference, in this PDF.



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How to get the most out of NamesCon

December 6, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on How to get the most out of NamesCon

Here are some quick tips to get the most out of NamesCon in Las Vegas next month.

It’s hard to believe that NamesCon is taking place next month! The largest domain name industry conference (not including ICANN meetings) typically attracts over 1,000 domain investors, registrars and other service providers.

I’ve been to each year of NamesCon in Vegas, and here are some tips to get the most out of your time at the conference.

  • Uber or Taxi – The Vegas airport taxi stand is sometimes empty and other times very long. You can pick up an Uber at the airport but it requires a bit of a hike from the baggage claim. The show venue is very close buy, so cost shouldn’t be a major consideration.
  • Try to make good conversation – You’ll have many conversations at NamesCon that go like this. “Where are you staying? Oh, when did you get in? When are you heading home?” Try to be more interesting than this. Every conversation is an opportunity to learn.
  • Arrive early Sunday – NamesCon is a long week and you might not want to give up your Sunday morning with family. But Sunday’s Networking Lane and corresponding expert discussions can be some of the most useful time you’ll spend at the show.
  • Plan your session strategy ahead of time – There are multiple concurrent content sessions. I recommend creating a schedule before you go so you don’t miss sessions you would like to attend.
  • Get some food for breakfast – Breakfast isn’t provided by the show and room service at The Tropicana is horrible. Last year I was quoted wait times of 1-2 hours by room service (when they actually picked up the phone). So I suggest buying a few breakfast items at the Starbucks in the hotel to keep in your room for the morning.
  • Stay at the Trop – This is the most controversial advice I have. I haven’t been thrilled with any of my stays at The Tropicana hotel. And, as I mentioned above, food service is touch and go. That said, the convenience of riding down the elevator to enter the show is worth it. In years past, I know a lot of people stayed at the MGM across the street. It’s connected via a sky bridge with The Trop, but the sky bridge will be closed this year so you’ll have to take a small detour. Update: I also recommend booking through the NamesCon link. Some other sites might seem cheaper but the NamesCon rate includes a half price resort fee. Also, if someone calls saying they represent NamesCon for hotel booking, this is a scam.

See you next month!



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Sanofi wins case over Ambien domains, but to what end?

December 6, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Sanofi wins case over Ambien domains, but to what end?

20 domains canceled, meaning they can just be used again.

Sanofi has won a cybersquatting case against the owner of 20 domain names that have Ambien (Sanofi’s blockbuster sleeping medicine) in them. The owner of the domain names used them to put up online pharmacies.

But what good will it do? The perpetrator will merely spin up a handful of over domain names and continue to set up dubious online pharmacies.

I imagine Sanofi knows this. It requested that the domain names be canceled rather than transferred. This means the current owner of the domains can re-register them as soon as they are deleted.

I suppose going through the hassle of filing a UDRP makes sense when sites are getting traction or landing in search engine results. At that point, however, I think it’s worth the company requesting transfer rather than cancellation so the domains can be locked away for the remainder of their current registration period.



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GoDaddy is buying NamesCon

December 6, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on GoDaddy is buying NamesCon

World’s largest domain name registrar will own NamesCon after it completes HEG acquisition.

The rumors are true–GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) is acquiring Host Europe Group.

The US $1.79 billion transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of next year, and will include top European brands such as 123Reg and DomainFactory.

And NamesCon.

That’s right, GoDaddy will own the domain name industry’s biggest conference sometime next year. Host Europe Group owns WorldHostingDays, the webhosting conference that acquired NamesCon this year.

The deal won’t close before next month’s conference, and it’s unclear what impact the acquisition will have on the conference after that. GoDaddy says it will “continue to operate these brands independently and invest in their continued growth.” As industry conferences, it will be smart for GoDaddy to take a background role in the conference to keep it independent and not lose the support of competitors.



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ICP.com UDRP denied but no reverse domain name hijacking

December 5, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on ICP.com UDRP denied but no reverse domain name hijacking

Spanish company that uses ICP.es can’t have ICP.com.

A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP filed against the domain name ICP.com, but the panel did not consider if the complainant was guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.

Información, Control y Planificación, S.A., a diversified company in Spain that uses the domain name ICP.es, filed the claim.

The domain name has been owned by a financial firm and its partners since 2001.

The panel ruled that the complainant did not prove that the respondent lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name, nor that it registered and used it in bad faith.

Panelists Clive N.A. Trotman, Edoardo Fano and Bradley A. Slutsky did not discuss whether or not the complainant had engaged in reverse domain name hijacking by filing the case. It seems to me that it would be warranted.



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