Generic Domain Names

Duck.com Has 6 Figure Offers

The majority of participants in yesterday’s poll about the value of Duck.com believe the domain name is worth more than half a million USD. This is not a surprise to me because of the utility of the Duck.com domain name along with the companies that could use Duck.com as an upgrade. In addition, Google owns Duck.com, so it obviously would take a major offer to persuade the company to sell its domain name.

I had a conversation with someone on Twitter who pegged the value at $10,000 – $20,000. I responded that I would pay more than $50,000 for Duck.com as an investment. In my view, animal domain names are quite popular right now, and I am sure I wouldn’t lose money in the $50,000+ range.

In response to throwing out my offer, two other domain investors also made offers via Twitter. Finlead, which owns and has owned some awesome domain names, offered $100,000 to buy Duck.com. George Kirikos, whose company also owns some fantastic domain names like 511.com, Math.com, and School.com, offered $200,000 to buy Duck.com.

Clearly, these Twitter-made offers are

Poker.com Domain Name Up for Sale

I read a report that Poker.com is for sale and being brokered by Right of the Dot. I reached out to Right of the Dot CEO Monte Cahn, and he confirmed that his company is actively seeking a buyer for this high value domain name. Monte shared that the owner is seeking $20 million for Poker.com.

Monte has a pretty large list of prospective buyers for Poker.com. The domain name seems like a perfect fit for a company that operates in the online poker space. A casino – either virtual or brick and mortar – might also be a good prospect for Poker.com. There are other organizations and businesses related to the world of poker that might also have an interest in this domain name.

While $20 million seems quite high for a domain name, there have been quite a few large gambling domain name sales. According to NameBio, the 5 largest publicly reported gambling related domain name sales are:

Rick Schwartz Sells Property.com

In a deal announced via his Twitter feed, Rick Schwartz shared that he sold the Property.com domain name:

Although Rick did not announce the value of the deal, he did reveal that he will retain a 10% interest in the new company. Rick mentioned that he will “hold the paper,” and I believe that means the deal is

Pocahontas.com: Elizabeth Warren Wants to “Stop Trump”

President Donald Trump has been referring to US Senator Elizabeth Warren (my Senator) as “Pocahontas” for quite some time. In an event honoring Navajo veterans on Monday, the President once again referred to Senator Warren as Pocahontas:

“I just want to thank you because you are very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said. “Although, we have a representative in Congress who has been here a long time … longer than you — they call her Pocahontas!”

Since mid-2016, Pocahontas.com has been forwarding to Senator Warren’s website, ElizabethWarren.com. The Whois information on Pocahontas.com is private, so the owner of the domain name remains publicly unknown. When I wrote about the forward last year, I was unsure whether it was being done as a prank on Senator Warren or done in support of her. I am

Startup with $19m in Funding Gets Less.com

TechCrunch reported on a $19 million funding round for a startup called Less, “a ride-sharing service for commuters and other short distance rides.” The company was founded by Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, who reportedly founded “one of the most successful French startups,” Criteo. Smartly, Less is using the perfect domain name for this venture: Less.com.

When I noticed the url for Less, it rung a bell. I searched through my email, and I see that it had been offered for sale via several brokers. In 2015, Less.com was offered for sale via Brannans for $325,000. In 2016, I see an email from Mark Daniel of Domain Holdings who offered the domain name for sale without a price. In December of 2016, Brannans was once again offering the domain name for sale in its newsletter with a $160,000 price. Most recently, in August of this year, Brannans had Less.com in its newsletter as a “make offer” listing.

Based on Whois records, it appears that

Purple is Now on Purple.com

Earlier this month, I reported the sale of the Purple.com domain name. When the sale was reported, all signs appeared to show that the mattress startup, Purple, had acquired the Purple.com domain name. This has been confirmed.

If you visit Purple.com today, you can see the mattress company is now using the domain name. If you visit OnPurple.com, the domain name that was previously used by the startup, you will be forwarded directly to Purple.com.

This domain name acquisition makes a ton of sense. When people hear of a company called Purple, they generally assume it can be found on Purple.com. Now, there

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