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Report: Airbnb Hosts Building Their Own Direct Booking Websites

When a business operates on someone else’s platform or website, they must play by that company’s rules and regulations. Some businesses that operate on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social networking platforms have realized the limitations and regulations can impact the growth of their business and sometimes cause it to shut down altogether. It may be easier to set up and operate a business on an existing platform, but having to operate in accordance with the platform’s rules can have consequences.

Now, according to a report on CNBC, some Airbnb and other home rental hosts are facing similar concerns on home rental booking platforms:

An excerpt from the article:

How Peter Askew Sold Brevard.com

Peter Askew is a domain investor who I admire because of his knack for website and business development on nice domain names. Earlier this year, I wrote about his VidaliaOnions.com business, and I also wrote about the launch of BirthdayParties.com. In addition to these lines of business, Peter also found time to build and launch Brevard.com, a geodomain with a focus on the town of Brevard, North Carolina.

This afternoon, Peter shared the story of how he built, launched, and ultimately sold Brevard.com. Peter’s story was shared in a series of tweets, and it’s a pretty quick read.

Poll: Will NorthDakota.com Sell in Auction?

About a week ago, I noticed that NorthDakota.com was coming up for auction in Sedo’s Great Domains auction. It caught my eye because US state .com domain names do not come on the market all that often, and I think the reserve price range of $50,000 – $99,999 seems pretty reasonable for this domain name. It also caught my attention because I remembered that Ron Jackson wrote an article about its acquisition.

The auction just started and there have not been any bids placed yet. I am curious if readers think the domain name will sell:


VisitQatar.com Subject of UDRP (Updated)

A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) against the geographic tourism VisitQatar.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2019-1758. I think this is going to be an interesting UDRP proceeding to observe.

Texas.com Acquired by Brent Oxley

Over the weekend, I noticed a registrant change in my DomainTools Whois Monitor alert email related to Texas.com. The domain name, which had been registered under Whois privacy proxy since 2015, is now registered to Brent Oxley. Brent founded and sold HostGator, and he now owns a portfolio of exceptional domain names as investments. Brent also lives in the state of Texas.

I reached out to Brent to confirm the acquisition and see if he could share the sale price. Here’s what Brent told me via email:

Malibu.com Gets a High Bid of $518k but Remains Unsold

Malibu.com was up for auction last week with a minimum opening bid of $250,000. At the conclusion of yesterday’s auction, the domain name had a high bid of $518,000, as reported by Joshua Schoen on Twitter:

The auction was managed and promoted by Millitzer Capital, so I reached out to Tom Millitzer to learn if the domain name was sold at auction. According to Mr. Millitzer, the owner of the domain name had the ability to accept or reject the high bid in the auction, and the owner decided to not accept the $518,000 bid.

Here is a comment I received from Mr. Millitzer about the Malibu.com domain name auction:

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