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Demand Media releases more details about its gTLD plans and deal with Donuts

June 11, 2012Demand Media, Domaining, Domainnamewire, donuts inc, paul stahura, UncategorizedComments Off on Demand Media releases more details about its gTLD plans and deal with Donuts

Demand Media applies for 26 TLDs outright and has rights to up to 107 applied for by partner Donuts, Inc.

Demand Media announced today that it has applied for 26 top level domains on its own, and also can obtain rights to 107 gTLDs being applied for by Donuts, Inc.

In May it announced that it had invested $18 million in new top level domains, which led many to suspect that the company had applied for close to 100 new top level domains. (At $185,000 a piece for the application, it would come out to about 97 applications.)

But then Donuts, Inc. announced it had applied for 307 top level domains and had selected Demand Media as its back end registry partner.

Donuts, Inc. confirmed to me then that Demand Media was not an investor, but clearly the relationship is tight.

The news out today sheds a bit more light on the deal:

…Demand Media has entered into a strategic arrangement with Donuts Inc., an Internet domain name registry founded by industry veterans, through which it may acquire rights in certain gTLDs after they have been awarded to Donuts by ICANN. These rights are shared equally with Donuts and are associated with 107 gTLDs for which Donuts is the applicant.

Donuts CEO Paul Stahura says the deal brings Donuts past its $100 million in funding. So it would appear that a good portion of the $18 million Demand Media invested in new top level domains was actually payments made to Donuts for its rights on the 107 top level domains.

It’s also probable that there’s no overlap between Demand Media’s 26 applications and Donuts’ 307 applications.

Donuts has yet to file an SEC statement regarding the latest round of funding, at least under the same corporate name as its original $1 million funding.

Donuts founder Paul Stahura sold domain registrar eNom to Demand Media in 2006.


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Donuts raises $100 million, applies for 307 new TLDs

June 5, 2012austin ventures, Domaining, Domainnamewire, donuts inc, paul stahura, UncategorizedComments Off on Donuts raises $100 million, applies for 307 new TLDs

Flush with cash, new TLD applicant applies for 307 top level domains.

Every week I check the SEC filings to see if Paul Stahura’s new TLD startup, Donuts, has raised more money. But every time I check there’s still just a filing about the $1 million it raised.

And that number seemed just about right, since Stahura has gone on the record saying the company planned to apply for 10 top level domains.

But today it dropped a shocker. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company raised $100 million in financing and is applying for a whopping 307 top level domain names.

Update: read my conversation with Donuts here.

The investment was led by Austin Ventures with Adams Street Partners, Emergence Capital, TL Ventures, Generation Partners, Stahurricane (Stahura’s own venture fund) and a number of smaller investors.

Mason Cole, formerly with Oversee.net, has joined Donuts. So has former ICANN CFO Kevin Wilson.

Also interesting is that Donuts is working with Demand Media for its registry backend services. Stahura sold eNom to Demand Media back in 2006. This is another shocker because Demand Media reported only picking up a small handful of registry clients. When it said that everyone assumed it was for just a few TLDs. But clearly that’s not the case. It also suggests that Demand Media worked with Donuts to make sure there was no overlap in what they are applying for. I can find no mention of Demand Media backing Donuts or that the $18 million Demand Media invested in new TLDs was actually a partnership with Donuts. The question remains: is Demand Media applying for any TLDs on its own?

I think I can sum this up with one word:

Wow.


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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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Yep, Paul Stahura’s Donuts is All About New Top Level Domain Names

May 16, 2011austin ventures, Domaining, Domainnamewire, paul stahura, richard tindal, tl ventures, UncategorizedComments Off on Yep, Paul Stahura’s Donuts is All About New Top Level Domain Names

Another clue about Donuts’ plans.

At first I could only make an educated guess that Paul Stahura’s new venture, for which he recently raised $1 million, was about new top level domain names.

Then I got confirmation that the company was at least a domain name company thanks to a trademark filing.

Now we know for sure.

Donuts Inc. COO Richard Tindal just filed comments on the latest new top level domain name guidebook on behalf of the company.

That means TL Ventures and Austin Ventures are playing in the new top level domain name game — even if only with a small initial investment.


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Confirmed: New Paul Stahura Venture “Donuts” is for Domain Names

May 5, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, donuts inc, jonathon nevett, paul stahura, UncategorizedComments Off on Confirmed: New Paul Stahura Venture “Donuts” is for Domain Names

Stealth venture files trademark application indicating new domain name venture.

This past weekend we learned that four domain name industry vets, including eNom founder Paul Stahura, were forming a new company called Donuts Inc. The company raised about a million dollars of investment. Although the company is in stealth mode, the players involved make me think the four are starting a venture related to new top level domain names.

A trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirms that the company will be going after the domain name market — but doesn’t clarify that it will be for new top level domain names.

Donuts Inc. Executive Vice President Jonathon Nevett filed a trademark application on May 1 for “Donuts” for “Domain name registration services; Registration of domain names for identification of users on a global computer network”.

My money is still on new top level domain names.


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