Brand Marketing

UnoEuro Announces Rebrand to Simply.com

Michael Bilde from Embrand shared a blog post with me from a hosting company based in Denmark called UnoEuro. In the March 9th blog post (written in Danish), the company announced that it was rebranding as Simply.com. In fact, if you type in UnoEuro.com, you will be redirected to Simply.com. The move was designed to make it easier for customers to remember and type-in the company’s brand name.

Here’s a translated excerpt from the blog post covering the reason for rebranding UnoEuro to Simply.com, courtesy of Google Translate:

Varidesk Rebrands as Vari – Acquired Vari.com in 2016

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One of the smartest purchases I made several years ago was a Varidesk stand up desk and floor pad. I don’t really adjust my desk, but I like having a standing desk in my office. Although Varidesk has become well known for its stand-up desks, the company doesn’t only make desks. Having Varidesk as its brand name was somewhat limiting to it though.

In fact, Varidesk recently rebranded as Vari, and the reason for the rebrand can be found on its homepage:

Lock in the .com to Save on a Rebrand

There are several startups currently interested in one of my domain names, and I am in discussions to sell it. None of these startups seem to have the capital available to make the purchase, but I am very confident one is going to be able to come to terms with my company in the next couple of months. My bet is that the deal I strike will likely be some sort of creative financing option, although I would be very happy to sell it outright.

While all of these startups understand the value of owning the brand match .com domain name, I don’t think any of them are looking at the biggest picture. I want to share this with you (without mentioning the specific domain name) because I think it is a good talking point on your own negotiations.

Ruby.com Acquired by Ruby Receptionists (CallRuby.com)

Yesterday morning, I published an article about the apparent sale of the Gold.com domain name. The domain name appears to have been sold by a subsidiary of a major jewelry retail chain for an undisclosed amount of money. In response to my tweet about that sale, Josh Schoen mentioned that the Ruby.com domain name had also been sold, and that appears to be the case.

Earlier this year, Ruby.com was registered to the same entity as Gold.com. The domain name was registered publicly at CSC, and Archive.org shows Ruby.com was also used as a forwarder to the Kay Jewelers website. According to current Whois records, Ruby.com is now registered to a company called Ruby Receptionists. Using the Whois History tool at DomainTools, it looks like the domain name changed hands in late September of 2019 for an undisclosed amount.

CashShield Acquires Shield.com and Rebrands as SHIELD

Last year, a domain name listed in John Daly’s NameConnect newsletter caught my attention. Shield.com was listed for sale with an asking price of $600,000. The domain name was beyond what I would spend for it as an investment, but I thought it would be a good deal for a prospective buyer. I am not sure if the domain name was sold by a broker or not, but it looks like a company that has raised $25.5 million in funding recently rebranded as Shield.com.

According to a press release from the company that was published in early December, CashShield has rebranded as Shield, and it is using the Shield.com domain name. I learned about the rebrand via Mark Upgrade’s post on Twitter this morning:

ROOM CEO Brian Chen Discusses Room.com Domain Name

Adam Strong from Evergreen sent me a link to a video interview Jason Calacanis did with ROOM CEO Brian Chen, as part of his This Week In Startups series. In the interview, Jason asked Brian about the company’s brand match domain name (skip to 2:42 if that is the only aspect of the interview that interests you). The two discuss the value of the domain name and Brian discussed why his company felt the need to acquire this brand match .com domain name.

Here’s the interview:

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