I was reading a press release about a new domain name marketplace for marijuana domain names, and I unexpectedly saw a familiar name. Ganjapreneur.com is “a website dedicated to cannabis business news and culture,” and the company “announced the launch of their Cannabis Domain Name Market” in a morning press release. The founder of Ganjapreneur.com is Andrew Rosener, founder of Media Options domain brokerage.
I knew that Andrew had some marijuana domain names in his portfolio, but I did not recall hearing that he owns the Ganjapreneur.com domain name or that he had big plans for it. I’ve been watching a show on MSNBC called Pot Barons, which chronicles the lives of several people who own canabis companies in Colorado, where recreational marijuana recently became legal. This show is where I become aware of the “Ganjapreneur” term, and it is used to describe entrepreneurs in the marijuana (aka “ganja”) business.
Although I am not really tuned into the marijuana / cannabis domain market, I receive quite a few emails asking me to buy marijuana domain names. Most are names I have no interest in buying, but it looks like I will be able to refer these people to Ganjapreneur.com to list their domain names. I am not sure if the marketplace accepts outside submissions, but I presume they would because of their association with Media Options.
Ganjapreneur.com goes beyond domain name sales though. The website covers the business of marijuana and cannabis, and domain name sales is only a smart part of the website. There are interviews with marijuana business owners, articles about the marijuana business, and other aspects to the website.
The entire press release announcing the launch of Ganjapreneur.com is below:
Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to cannabis business news and culture, has recently announced the launch of their Cannabis Domain Name Market. “Ganjapreneur is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in legal cannabis space optimize and grow their business, and ultimately, a great domain name goes a long way to helping them achieve that through a highly visible online presence and strong brand. With our background in the domain space and understanding of the importance and value of a great domain name for any entrepreneur, a domain market was a clear next step and perfect fit for Ganjapreneur.com. We plan to launch many more business services in the near future for our audience as well,” said Andrew Rosener, Founder and CEO of Ganjapreneur.com.
The market consists of hundreds of marijuana keyword and brandable domain names available for immediate purchase, sorted by category, type, and price. The market is designed to be a resource for venture capital firms and start-ups looking to get involved in the cannabis industry, and it is launched in partnership with Escrow.com, the leading escrow service for domain name transactions in order to make transactions safe and easy.
Ganjapreneur is a joint venture of Media Options, Inc. and THC Media Group, Inc., which launched in the summer of 2014 and has steadily grown in scale. The website now offers a live feed of cannabis job board listings from around the web, a large body of original news articles, editorials, and interviews with business owners, as well as a dictionary of marijuana slang terms, a mobile app, and a business directory for B2B service providers in the cannabis industry.
The domain name market is the latest addition to Ganjapreneur’s array of features geared toward cannabis industry start-ups and investors. It includes premium domain names such as Oregano.com & MyCannabis.com with price tags over $25,000, although the majority are listed between $2,000 and $10,000. Available options include dot-com domains such as SourDiesel.com and MarijuanaButter.com, as well as alternative top-level extensions such as Cannabis.cruises and Grow.xyz.
Over the past six months, Ganjapreneur has published several interviews with prominent cannabis industry entrepreneurs, or “ganjapreneurs,” including a founding partner in a cannabis-focused investment firm, the owner of the first recreational cannabis day spa in Colorado, and the founder of a Seattle-based recruiting and staffing firm which connects cannabis industry employers and hopeful job seekers. The website also covered the first sales of edibles and concentrates in Washington state, and was the only media outlet to capture the moment on video.
The announcement of the domain market marks the site’s latest expansion of its services geared toward marijuana business owners and investors. “This is just one of many resources we are developing to help ganjapreneurs start or grow their business,” said Noel Abbott, Ganjapreneur’s CTO. “We are excited to announce our domain name market, and we have many more announcements coming in 2015.”