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GoDaddy Signs Contract to Operate .TV Extension

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Following its $218 million acquisition of the Neustar registry business, GoDaddy has been making a push into the registry operations business. GoDaddy Registry works with brands to manage their .brand extension, and the company also works with countries on their ccTLD registry operations, including the registries for .US, .CO, and .IN.

Last night, GoDaddy announced its signed a contract with the government of Tuvalu to manage the .TV ccTLD extension. The .TV registry had previously been operated by Verisign until the contract expired in 2021:

CIRA Hiring General Manager of .CA

Adam Eisner, General Manager of Registry Services at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), posted a job opportunity that might be of interest to someone who has domain name industry experience and expertise. CIRA is looking to hire a General Manager for the .CA extension:

The job opportunity is listed on the Career page within the CIRA website, and it refers people to Keynote Search, the executive search company managing the hiring process. Here’s an excerpt from the job listing describing the GM role:

“Based in Ottawa, and reporting directly to the President & CEO, the General Manager of .CA, will be responsible for managing all aspects of daily operations and business development within the .CA business unit.

As a General Manager, you will rely on your leadership skills and superior business acumen to create new strategies to grow the business through customer acquisition and marketing innovation while strengthening internal processes, systems, and overall operations. It is also highly critical in this role that you prioritize being actively present within the business unit, building a roadmap to enhance innovation and revenue growth, reflective of the CIRA mandate.”

The person hired for this role will become a part of the CIRA Executive Leadership Team.

I am not sure if domain industry experience is a requirement for this role, but a “[s]trong understanding of domain services” is listed under the skills and experience section of the job listing.

The .CA extension is quite prominent in Canada, and this leadership opportunity might be a good fit for someone who has extensive domain industry experience.

.US Town Hall Forum on November 4

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If you are an investor that owns .US domain names, you might consider adding the .US Town Hall forum to your calendar on November 4, 2021. The event annual event livestream is open to the public and gives participants an opportunity to learn more about the .US registry and its operations.

Meta.so Sold for $149,000

Early this morning, I saw a tweet from Kukuh Laksana announcing the sale of Meta.so for $149,000:

The seller of Meta.so, Nikul Sanghvi, confirmed the sale in a subsequent tweet. Nikul also provided additional information about the sale, including that it was sold via Dan.com using the buy it now purchase option:

B.et Domain Hack Sold for $100k

This morning, NameBio reported that the B.et domain hack was sold for $100,000. I do not know if the domain name was listed for sale via Sedo or if the domain name sold in private and the parties chose to use Sedo for escrow. The domain name was sold by DomainHacks.com via Sedo, according to the tweet:

Alt.Bank is a Super Confusing, Non-New gTLD Brand

I saw a TechCrunch tweet about a Brazilian startup called Alt.bank, and it caught my attention because of the new gTLD that was auto-hyperlinked in the tweet:

I clicked the Alt.bank link in the tweet, and it did not resolve for me. I clicked through to the TechCrunch article, and I saw why the website doesn’t resolve there. The banking startup’s brand might be Alt.bank, but the company can’t be found on Alt.bank. Instead, the company uses the AltBank.com.br ccTLD for its website.

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