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Alan (Insurance) Acquires Alan.com

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Alan is a European “digital health insurance platform” that uses the Alan.EU domain name for its website. Founded three years ago, the startup that is known simply as Alan has raised $86.5 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. The company announced that it had raised €40,000,000 in its Series B round of funding in February of this year.

Donuts Hiring Chief Marketing Officer

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Donuts is looking to hire a Chief Marketing Officer, according to a job posting on LinkedIn. The CMO job opportunity was posted about a week ago, and it looks like there are 90 applicants via LinkedIn so far. I believe Jeff Davidoff was the last CMO at Donuts. It looks like he left that position in June of 2016, and I don’t believe it was filled after his departure. The CMO job will be based in the company’s Kirkland, Washington office.

Here’s an excerpt from the job posting that describes the Chief Marketing Officer position at Donuts:

Direct.com: Great Domain Name on a Local Billboard

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I want to share a photo I took yesterday afternoon on my way home from swim lessons. The billboard is advertising Direct.com, a domain name used by a local credit union called Direct Federal Credit Union. I spotted the billboard on I-95 in either Needham or Wellesley, Massachusetts. It was the first time I can recall the name of this credit union before, and I think it is an effective advertisement.

Verisign Job Opportunity: Senior Registry Platform Manager

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Verisign posted a job opportunity I thought might be of interest to a reader who has experience within the domain name industry. Verisign is looking to hire a Senior Registry Platform Manager. Among other things, Verisign operates the .com and .net domain name registries. This job opening was posted on LinkedIn this past week, so now may be a good time to apply for the job as one of the first job applicants.

Here’s an excerpt about this position from the job posting:

Strong Registration Numbers Does Not Equal Strong Aftermarket

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Over the weekend, I wrote about the number of registered .Dev domain names surpassing the 100,000 mark. I think the initial registration numbers are quite strong for this new gTLD extension. Maybe it’s because I am not in the development space, but I never would have guessed there would be any significant demand for .Dev domain names, and it looks like I would have been wrong.

Wish I Could Go Back in Time

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I received an interesting purchase inquiry for one of my domain names this week. The buyer made an offer, which was more than the typical $100 or $500 offers that I regularly receive, but it was not close to what I believe the domain name is worth. I gave a standard reply that the offer would need to be six figures to be considered serious.

In response, the prospect passed on submitting an offer and told me that he previously owned my domain name and his offer was based on what he paid to acquire it a couple of owners ago. Here’s how I responded to that:

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