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Donuts and Minds + Machines updates on TAS and new TLDs

May 7, 2012antony van couvering, Domaining, Domainnamewire, donuts inc, minds and machines, new tlds, paul stahura, UncategorizedComments Off on Donuts and Minds + Machines updates on TAS and new TLDs

Interesting posts from the perspective of new TLD applicants.

The new TLD delay continues and ICANN just released the total number of applications received so far (over 2,000).

So what does this mean for new TLD applicants?

Two of the largest recently published blog posts that shed some light on it.

First, eNom founder Paul Stahura (now with new TLD applicant Donuts Inc) wrote about the application glitch and how it could affect applications. Donuts saw one other applicant’s filename i the application system but could not determine either the applicant name nor top level domain it was related to.

Nevertheless, Donuts suggests that no “new” applications be allowed when the system reopens. After all, there were just 12 hours to go when the system was shut down. Had anyone really planned on starting a new application with less than 12 hours to go? I’m sure there could be some debate about that.

Second, Minds + Machines founder Antony Van Couvering tries to break down what 2,100 applications will look like. He guesstimates roughly 50 geo TLDs, 200 IDNs, 150 niche TLDs, 500 applications from “portfolio” applicants (such as Minds + Machines), and 1,200 .brand domains.


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Former ICANN Chairman Joins Minds + Machines

July 18, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, icann, minds and machines, new tlds, peter dengate-thrush, Policy & Law, top level domain holdingsComments Off on Former ICANN Chairman Joins Minds + Machines

Peter Dengate Thrush joins publicly traded company poised to profit from new top level domain names.

That was quick.

Less than a month after pushing through a vote approving the new top level domain name program at his last meeting as ICANN Chairman, Peter Dengate Thrush has joined a company applying for new top level domain names.

Dengate Thrush will join Top Level Domain Holdings (parent company of Minds + Machines) as Executive Chairman.

His compensation package will include options on 15 million shares at 8p per share.

This is certainly a big coup for Top Level Domain Holdings. But it also begs the question about why Dengate Thrush pushed through the vote in his last meeting as Chair. It’s highly likely that it was so it would be part of his legacy, but joining a new TLD applicant so quickly after the vote will certainly raise eyebrows.

It makes you wonder if ICANN staffers that remain with the non-profit during the new TLD gold rush are fools for doing so. Certainly there’s more money on the outside, at least during the application process.


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An Easy Way to Comment on EOI for New Top Level Domain Names

January 18, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, minds and machines, new top level domains, Policy & LawComments Off on An Easy Way to Comment on EOI for New Top Level Domain Names

Web based form makes commenting easy.

Last week I wrote about how International Trademark Association (INTA) asked its members to comment on ICANN’s proposed “Expressions of Interest” (EOI) scheme for new top level domain names. As a result of INTA’s request to its members, the comments for EOI are filled with unhelpful one-liners such as “I do not support ICANN’s acceptance of pre-registrations for new gTLDs.”

If you’d like to leave a more meaningful comment on EOI, Minds + Machines is making it very easy with a new form on its web site. The form covers the major issues at hand with EOI (e.g., is the $55,000 fee fair?), and lets you check boxes and add your own explanation on each individual issue.

Minds + Machines stands to profit from new top level domain names and is in favor of EOI. But M+M is upfront about this, stating its view but also noting that some people may disagree (and allowing them to comment as such through its form). The form then automatically submits to ICANN’s web site, and all you have to do is click a link in a confirmation e-mail for your comment to be posted. The deadline for commenting is January 27, 2010.

Kudos to Minds + Machines for this great idea, and for being more open-minded than INTA. I’d like to see other groups, such as Internet Commerce Association, adopt this online form model to encourage commenting and participation in the ICANN process.


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Minds and Machines Settles Food Fight with Wolfgang Puck

October 28, 2009Domaining, Domainnamewire, minds and machines, new gtlds, Policy & LawComments Off on Minds and Machines Settles Food Fight with Wolfgang Puck

Consulting company settles fight with Wolfgang and Gelila Puck.

Minds and MachinesNew top level domain name consultancy Minds + Machines has settled its lawsuit brought against restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and his wife Gelila.

Minds + Machines, along with its parent company Top Level Domain Holdings and Frederick Krueger, sued the Pucks last month, alleging that Gelila Puck inserted herself into all of the plaintiff’s business dealings and that Wolfgang Puck had not upheld his end of the agreement to promote .food.

The Pucks, who are engaged in a number of lawsuits, asked the court to extend the deadline for responding multiple times. Today the court issued a stipulation (pdf) that the plaintiffs have dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning they have settled all claims.

The nature of the settlement was not disclosed, but presumably the Pucks gave up many, if not all, of their claims to an interest in top level domain names introduced by Minds + Machines. Perhaps Mrs. Puck realized that she was not going to be the “next Bill Gates”, as she allegedly told her friends.


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