British travel company Thomas Cook Travel Group had a highly publicized bankruptcy that ended up stranding hundreds of thousands of customers who were abroad when the company became insolvent. I received an email from Hilco Streambank this morning announcing the company is tasked with marketing a portfolio of domain names owned by Thomas Cook Group Plc and some subsidiaries that are in liquidation. According to the email, “Offers will be entertained for the domain names by category groupings, for individual domain names or for the portfolio as a whole.”
There are many startups that use .CO domain names, and Neustar has been active in highlighting and promoting these companies and businesses. I received an email from a representative from Neustar to let me know the .CO Registry is supporting the registrants who use .CO domain names during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which began yesterday and runs through November 24.
The company will be kicking off a marketing campaign to help promote the registry and its users. Here’s what I was told about how Neustar and the .CO Registry team will be promoting .CO and the companies that use .CO domain names:
Earlier this morning, Rick Schwartz posted an “Emergency Industry Alert in the form of a tweet to generate awareness for a proposal from an ICANN Working Group that could be problematic for domain investors. In his tweet, Rick issued a call to action to the Internet Commerce Association (ICA):
**EMERGENCY INDUSTRY ALERT!**#ICANN Proposal #15, would result in the suspension of an entire portfolio of #Domains if deemed a “repeat offender” with *2* #domain dispute losses! (not just the domains that were in dispute!)@ICADomains Please step in!https://t.co/7HeMjeRIsF pic.twitter.com/2LozRbDluN
— Rick Schwartz 👑 DomainKing® (@DomainKing) November 18, 2019
‘”OK Boomer” is a catchphrase and internet meme that gained popularity throughout 2019, used to dismiss or mock attitudes stereotypically attributed to the baby boomer generation.’ – Wikipedia
The term “OK Boomer” has become hugely popular in the last few weeks. It has become such a popular phrase over the prior weeks that the New York Times published an article about the impact of the “OK Boomer” catchphrase. This Google Trends graph shows how the popularity of this term jumped out of nowhere in October of this year:
This afternoon, Team Internet AG announced that a deal has been reached for CentralNic to acquire the domain industry company “for up to US$48 million:”
Today we are proud to announce that we have become a part of the CentralNic Group PLC. We are joining a group of leading domain industry professionals and look forward to continuing to serve our partners with the support they know and trust. Full statement https://t.co/NL4wD4spuG
— Team Internet AG (@teaminternet) November 15, 2019
Team Internet is a domain name monetization company, which operates ParkingCrew and TONIC. ParkingCrew is a domain name parking service provider, and TONIC is a platform to buy and sell traffic. In the investor release announcing the acquisition, it was revealed that “Team Internet generated US$66.7m of revenue (unaudited) and US$10.6m of Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited) in the 12 months to 30 June 2019.” Based on a nameserver report from DomainIQ, it appears there are just over 604,000 domain names that use the ParkingCrew.net nameservers.