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Escrow.com Announces 2018 Masters of Domains

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Prior to the live auction today at NamesCon, Escrow.com announced its annual Masters of Domains awards to the ten highest grossing individual domain investors of the past year. The award is based on brokered transactions closed via Escrow.com. Each award winner was presented a special trophy and prize honoring their achievement.

This year, the top three Masters of Domains winners were Raymond Liu of 62.com, Andrew Rosener of Media Options, and Mohammed Hashim Al-Asadi of TopNames. I would imagine each of these top three brokers cleared over $10 million in deals last year. That is quite an achievement. Last year's award winners can be found here.

Here are the ten award winning brokers for 2018 with some information about each provided by Escrow.com: (more…) → Read More


Braden Pollock Named Big Brother of the Year

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In addition to being entrepreneurial, it should come as no surprise that Braden Pollock is also known for his philanthropy. Braden has been a Big Brother for many years, and he is also involved in a host of other philanthropic activities, including being a board member at the Benevolent.net non-profit organization.

On February 7, Braden will be honored by the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) as its Big Brother of the Year. The organization will be hosting an event honoring Braden as well as its Big Sister of the Year (Lauren Kurzweil) and Inspiration Award (Marc Mostman). This annual event includes a cocktail party and dinner which raises funds for the organization. For those who are unaware, Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs participants with an older Big Brother or Big Sister who act as a mentor and friend. I am sure Braden thrives in this role in the same way he is a mentor and friend to many of us in the domain industry.

Here is a bit of background about Braden's involvement in the organization, as → Read More


Radix Shares Some Financial Info

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Most private companies do not share revenue figures and other internal financial benchmarks. I think many look at the privacy aspect as an advantage of running a privately held business.

This morning, Radix published a press release with some of its financial data. I don't recall seeing other private companies in the domain space share their numbers, so it is a unique bit of insight. As you know, Radix is a privately owned domain registry operator. The company operates nine new gTLD domain extensions, including .Website, .Online, .Host, .Tech, and several others. Here is some of the data Radix shared:


  • $11.7 million in annual revenue, not including December (expected to surpass $12 million)

  • More than 50% of total revenue was contributed by non-premium domain renewals

  • $1.76 million in revenue attributed to premium domains sold and renewed (both via registrar channel and direct)

  • 49.6% of revenue from the US, 14.4% of revenue from Germany, and 7.7% of revenue from China


Interestingly, when Donuts was named a Deloitte → Read More


DropCatch.com Giving Some Auction Refunds

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A friend of mine told me about an email he received from DropCatch.com yesterday informing him of a refund that he is being given because of "bidding activity from users that were later suspended for non-payment might have affected the final price."

There is an active thread on NamePros about the topic of non-paying bidders on DropCatch.com. The founders of DropCatch, Andrew Reberry and Jeff Reberry of TurnCommerce, addressed members' concerns about non-paying bidders and the alleged irregular bidding activity in the NamePros thread. Andrew and Jeff also promised to investigate this issue, and it looks like they are taking action based on their findings. The objective was to identify what went wrong, make bidders whole, and improve the platform for the future to restore trust.

In the email sent to my friend, DropCatch referenced a blog post the company published in conjunction with the email. The blog post has additional information about the situation, what the company is doing to remedy it, and a go-forward plan to reduce → Read More


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


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