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AICPA Introducing .CPA Domain Names

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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is preparing for the launch of the .CPA domain name extension. There will be a number of requirements for accountants and accounting firms to obtain and use a matching .CPA domain name.

This morning, the Journal of Accountancy published an article with details about .CPA domain names and the launch of the .CPA extension. From what I understand, the .CPA extension will be marketed as an enhanced way for CPAs and accounting firms to increase trust and security while promoting their brands online.

How Colin Campbell Raised $7 Million for .Club

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The .Club registry was arguably one of the strongest performing new domain name extensions out of the gate. The registry has always been fairly open about its business, especially about the company’s initial $7 million round of fundraising in advance of the auction that won it the right to sell .Club domain names.

In 2015, .Club registry CEO Colin Campbell shared some insight and thoughts about the .Club registry fundraising that was necessary to afford the purchase of the rights to the .Club extension. It was here that I viewed the video of the .Club team winning the 2013 auction, which was shared by CMO Jeff Sass:

GoDaddy Launches First .GoDaddy Website

In April of this year, GoDaddy announced that it would be acquiring Neustar’s registry business. Neustar has operated and offers back-end services for more than 215 domain name extensions, including .US, .CO, .NYC, .Biz, and a number of other extensions. The acquisition closed yesterday, and the Neustar registry business is now owned by GoDaddy. The division is now known as GoDaddy Registry, and it is led by Nicolai Bezsonoff, who was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager of Neustar’s Registry business.

MMX Shows Resilience to Covid-19 Pandemic

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MMX, a company that operates a number of new gTLD domain extensions like .Work, .Law, .Fit, among others, published a Trading Update and AGM Notice for the first half of 2020. According to the update, it would appear that the business has not really been hampered by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic:

Verisign Gives Update on .Web

In July of 2016, Andrew Allemann reported that the auction for the .Web extension closed with a winning bid of $135 million. It was subsequently reported that Verisign was behind the winning bid in that auction, although the operation of .Web has been held up due to a dispute, also reported on by Andrew.

It has been several years since the .Web auction, and it looks like we may be coming to and end point with the ongoing dispute. According to Verisign’s Q2 2020 earnings call (transcript via Seeking Alpha), a final hearing related to .Web is coming up in August. The news about .Web was shared by Jeffrey Eckhaus:

Find Your Own Path to Success

One of the neat things about domain investing is the number of ways people can make money from their domain investments. I have always been strictly a .com investor, and that has worked for me. There are plenty of other people who are creating their own investment strategies, and they are finding their own success.

I want to highlight two examples of people I do not know personally, but I have seen them share stories of successful domain investing.

I follow Jason Sheppard on Twitter, and I appreciate his willingness to share details about his domain name sales. This morning, he shared that he sold Basic.vc $4,999 via DAN.com. This is a domain name that he registered just a handful of months ago, and he reported that he is now in the money on his .VC domain name investments:

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