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Frank Schilling Comments on His Upcoming gTLD Auctions

Uni Naming & Registry (UNR) is a domain name registry operator and backend services provider founded by Frank Schilling. The company was split off from other domain industry assets when GoDaddy acquired Uniregistry and Name Administration from Frank in early 2020. UNR has continued to operate a mix of its own domain name extensions and extensions owned by other companies.

Late yesterday, I noticed a recently launched website on Auction.Link announcing a major no-reserve auction for domain name extensions that are owned and operated by UNR. The company published a press release (below) with more details about the auction. In total, the company is selling 23 domain name endings, including:

Clarivate: “Security the Biggest Challenge in Domain Management”

Clarivate, one of the leading brand protection and corporate domain name management companies, published its 2021 domain trends report. Domain investors are likely most familiar with Clarivate’s MarkMonitor brand. According to a press release published by the company, 1,100 decision makers in the IT, legal, and marketing fields contributed to the report by responding to the company’s survey.

According to the report, the company’s research “reveals that domain security is the biggest challenge in domain management.” Perhaps more interestingly, the company shared that “organizations are grasping the commercial potential and strategic value of new gTLDs.”

Clarivate’s domain trends report is free to download on its website, but it requires people to complete an information form before being granted access to download the report. While this report is geared towards a corporate audience, I would imagine domain investors could benefit from reading it since corporate domain name decisions and strategies often impact investors and domain names in general.

The press release with higher level observations is below:

GoDaddy to Introduce Branded BIN Landing Page

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I was on a call with GoDaddy this morning where the company shared some insights from the past year along with some things that are coming in 2021. One of the most exciting things I think domain investors will appreciate is that GoDaddy will be launching a GoDaddy-branded buy it now landing page for domain names listed for sale on Afternic.

GoDaddy has launched this buy it now page on a handful of domain names from its portfolio for testing purposes. Although it does not appear to be in use directly on the landing page right now, a visitor who clicks the purchase link on the top of the TowelSpa.com landing page will be able to access this BIN page. For the time being, you can check out the lander to see for yourself. A screenshot of the lander is below:

Initial thoughts on Clubhouse

I signed up for an account (@elliots) on the new Clubhouse app yesterday (thanks, Andrew), and I spent some time using it over the last couple of days. It is neat to be able to jump into an audio chatroom spanning all sorts of topics and listen to people share thoughts, opinions, and banter on a variety of topics.

After spending a bit of time in various domain investment related discussion rooms, I want to share some very initial thoughts on Clubhouse at it relates to domain investing. You are welcome to share your thoughts as well:

SmallestDick.com: Someone Trolling Ted Cruz

I was visiting random websites last night, when I came across SmallestDick.com. Ok, I kid, but these two tweets popped up on my timeline, and I apprehensively clicked through after reading some of the replies:

Clubhouse Panel at NamesCon Online

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One of the nice things about hosting an entirely virtual conference is that organizers have more flexibility when it comes to panels and keynotes. Some breaking news here or there, and NamesCon Organizers can quickly put together a discussion panel without much maneuvering of the agenda.

This morning, Andrew Rosener reported that he acquired RL.org for $13,000 from Aishwin Vikhona. Ordinarily, this relatively small deal wouldn’t really register much on people’s radar (it doesn’t even rank in the top 30 .org sales in the last year, according to NameBio). The sale was notable because of the venue for the acquisition – Clubhouse:

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Frank Schilling Comments on His Upcoming gTLD Auctions

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Uni Naming & Registry (UNR) is a domain name registry operator and backend services provider founded by Frank Schilling. The company was split off...

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Clarivate, one of the leading brand protection and corporate domain name management companies, published its 2021 domain trends report. Domain investors are likely most...

GoDaddy to Introduce Branded BIN Landing Page

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I was on a call with GoDaddy this morning where the company shared some insights from the past year along with some things that...

Initial thoughts on Clubhouse

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I signed up for an account (@elliots) on the new Clubhouse app yesterday (thanks, Andrew), and I spent some time using it over the...

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I was visiting random websites last night, when I came across SmallestDick.com. Ok, I kid, but these two tweets popped up on my timeline,...