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Name.com Wins Rightside Hackathon (Video)

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The first company-wide Rightside Hackathon was held last month, and I was sent a link to a video of the winning team. A team from Name.com created the nBox, which helps a user create an “instant branded email.” The email address can be used for free for one month, at which point the user would need to pay for the email service in order to continue. There are also upgrades available to help them start a website.

This offering seems to be aimed at job seekers and others who may be using a less than professional email address to communicate with others for business purposes. nBox would give users a more professional-looking email, using an available new gTLD domain name offered for sale at Name.com.

Obviously, nBox is in

Listen to Rightside Earnings Call

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Shortly after the stock market closed today, Rightside issued its first-ever earnings report as an independent company. The earnings report covered the second quarter of 2014.

I will let the financial gurus discuss some of the numbers and how the results compared to what was expected, but here are a few highlights of Rightside’s results for the most recent quarter, as published by the company:

Steve Banfield Interviewed on SocalTECH

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Rightside GroupSteve Banfield is the SVP and GM of Registrar Services at Rightside, and in that role, he works closely with eNom and Name.com, as well as resellers such as Namecheap. Although Rightside is a new company, it was created with the domain name services arm of Demand Media, and it is in the process of being completely  spun off from DMD.

Steve Banfield is in a fairly unique position within the domain industry, as he is intimately familiar with new gTLD registry operations as well as registrar operations. Rightside has applied for and will be managing several new gTLD extensions via its Rightside Registry arm, and it owns domain name registrars and manages domain name resellers. Off the top of my head, I can only think of one other person (Frank Schilling) that is as intimately involved with both registry and registrar operations.

With all that said, I think an interview with Steve Banfield that was posted today on SocalTECH.com is well worth a read, specifically for people who are involved in the business of domain investing.  Some of the topics Banfield discusses in the interview include:

Super Bowl Bet: Name.com vs. Enom

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As I predicted last week when the Broncos and Seahawks won their respective conference championships to earn the right to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Name.com and Enom have been sharing some fun banter before the game. They also have a Super Bowl bet that seems like a lot of fun for both companies, and they are sharing special offers and discounts for customers.

If the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl (Name.com is located in Denver), Name.com’s  Jared Ewy will visit Enom’s Seattle area headquarters and run the office for the day. In his words, “I’ll have their management bring me coffee and snacks, and occasionally— like every 10 minutes, I’ll shout OMAHA and everyone will have to switch desks. If you don’t know who I am, then here’s a sneak peak at  my leadership style.”

If the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl,

Super Bowl: Name.com vs. Enom

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The Super Bowl will be played by the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks on February 2, 2014, and you can bet that two sister domain registrars will be having fun with this rivalry over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, domain registrants will benefit from some domain name coupon codes and deals as a result of the excitement (hint, hint).

Enom is located in Kirkland, Washington, a short distance from Seattle.  Name.com, which  was

Demand Media Announces Rightside Group Spinoff

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Rightside GroupPublicly traded Demand Media (DMD) announced some news in a press release this morning that I want to share with you. The company announced that a proposed spin-off of its domain name services companies will be called Rightside Group. Taryn Naidu, who has been an Executive VP at DMD, will be the CEO of this spinoff company.

Interestingly, Rightside Group will be using a .CO domain name, which I believe shows

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