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Donuts is 2017 Technology Fast 500 Winner

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In the 2017 edition of Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 awards, Donuts was the top ranking company in North America. The Technology Fast 500 awards recognizes "the fastest growing public and private technology companies in North America." The award has existed for more than 20 years. Last year's winner was Loot Crate.

According to a press release distributed by Deloitte this morning, "Donuts Inc. claimed the top spot with a growth rate of 59,093 percent from 2013 to 2016." The actual revenue number was not shared, so that remains unknown. Deloitte looks at % of fiscal revenue growth from 2013-2016 to determine the winner. I am not sure if there is a minimum revenue figure in order to be considered for the list. The four other top finishers for 2017 were Classpass, Toast, Aratana Therapeutics, Inc., and Theravance Biopharma US, Inc.

I took a quick look at the top 500 companies (more…) → Read More


Phil Corwin Takes Job at Verisign

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When the Internet Commerce Association announced that Phil Corwin was leaving the organization last week, I was unsure what he would be doing upon his departure. The ICA didn't announce Phil's career plans, and I figured we might hear from Phil via a LinkedIn update or something along those lines to learn why he left the ICA.

This afternoon, Phil announced that he will be working at Verisign, Inc. as its Policy Counsel. The news was announced via tweet:




This seems like an important role at the publicly traded company, and Phil's connections and knowledge of the industry should be a big help for him and for Verisign. I (more…) → Read More


Video: Emoji Domain Name Discussion

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Domain name broker Darryl Lopes shared a video interview on LinkedIn that he conducted with domain industry veteran Page Howe. The topic of the long conversation is emoji domain names. I don't know a ton about emoji domain names, but I do know there are people who believe in the viability and commercial value of them.

I embedded a video of the conversational interview Darryl shared. If you have any questions about emoji domain names for Page or Darryl, you are welcome to post them in the comment section. Enjoy your weekend!

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Directnic Acquires Fabulous

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A little over a month ago, Konstantinos reported that Mike Robertson had returned to Fabulous. Mike worked at Fabulous for nearly nine years, and he departed the company in 2011, later taking on his current role as Business Development Director at Directnic in 2014. From what I understand, the Fabulous / Mike Robertson news was prematurely sent out, and now we know why.

According to a press release I received, Directnic has acquired Fabulous from Dark Blue Sea. I understand the deal includes the Fabulous domain name registrar, parking service, a large domain portfolio, and other intellectual property. Terms of the acquisition were not shared.

Fabulous is a well-liked domain registrar based in Australia, and it has been a favorite for domain investors over the years. From my vantagepoint, the popularity of Fabulous waned over the last few years, and there have been some key departures during that time, including Mike as well as Evergreen's Jen Sale, among others. I think Fabulous has retained its reputation as a customer-focused → Read More


UK Financial Magazine Writes About .com Domain Names

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There was an article about .com domain names in the "UK's best selling financial magazine,MoneyWeek. The dotcom frenzy is far from over, written by Dominic Frisby, discusses how valuable exceptional .com domain names are right now and how expensive they can be to acquire. I think the author is on point, and some of the insights he shared are factors in my own domain name acquisition strategy.

Within the article, Evergreen COO Jen Sale is quoted extensively. I presume Mr. Frisby spent a fair amount of time discussing domain names with her, and it was a wise move to get her expert thoughts on the state of the .com domain name market. I understand that Evergreen has been involved in quite a few substantial domain name sales and acquisitions during the prior two years, and Jen has a good pulse of the state of the market.

I recommend that you read the article in its entirety, but I shared a few quotes from the article for your convenience: (more…) → Read More


Payoneer Escrow Offering 50% Discount

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Payoneer Escrow has a special offer for new clients in conjunction with the Merge Show. I was told that the company is offering 50% off transactions for new customers. The offer is valid on transactions that are started at Payoneer Escrow from now until then end of 2017.

Although this offer is targeting people who have not used Payoneer Escrow before, current customers are able to use the discount if they do a deal with someone who is not a customer. By way of an example, if I (a Payoneer Escrow customer) sell a domain name to a company that has not used Payoneer Escrow before, the discount would be applied. In this case, the new user would start the transaction for the discount to be applied.

This is a nice acquisition (more…) → Read More


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