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New Startup Hipster Gains Popularity While Hipster.com Domain Name Expires


TechCrunch has been covering a new startup called Hipster, despite the fact that the company hasn’t actually revealed what it’s going to be or do. In fact, TechCrunch reported that the company had 10,000 signups already.

Because the company was late to the game, it operates on UseHipster.com rather than the more obvious (but way more valuable) Hipster.com. In my opinion, Hipster.com as a domain name alone is worth several thousand dollars because of it’s connotation.

Incidentally, with all of this going on right now, Hipster.com expired on January 11th and is scheduled for auction on NameJet on February 15th. There are 11 bidders, and a starting price of $2,000 should it actually go to auction.

Since the domain name was previously owned by a company called Virtual Hipster Corporation, it’s likely this is just an oversight and will be sorted sometime in the near future.

Sunday Afternoon Update


Just relaxing today, trying not to do much work. Just some football, the gym, and some good food.  I am a bit envious of my friends and colleagues who are out in Vegas right now. Seems like a very good weekend to be there.

I’m excited about the rumors of a Verizon iPhone, supposedly being announced this Tuesday just a few blocks from me in Lincoln Center. It’s amazing that I was a pc user just a few years ago, but now I’ve got a Macbook, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and soon an iPhone.

Here are a couple business updates:

– I decided not to attend DomainFest this year. I am going to go skiing out west instead, and taking two trips across the country in less than a month isn’t desirable to me.  I am sure it’s going to be a good show, and I will probably regret not going, but there are going to be plenty of others this year.

–  This is common sense, but if you wait until the last second to snipe a domain name at NameJet, you should be mindful of potential slow loading pages (or slow hands). I wanted to bid on BandForum.com last night, and since there weren’t bidders, I waited until the last second so nobody would see me bid. The page didn’t load fast enough, and I didn’t end up getting my bid in time, so another person was able to buy it for $69. Good buy, IMO.

– If you rely on one web developer or designer for a majority of your work, it’s always good to have a back up just in case. People get sick, take vacations, or have other projects that take  precedent  over yours so your work may be on hold if something comes up. Having a back-up developer or two is important.

Recent Purchases… How About You?


I haven’t hand registered many new domain names lately, but I’ve been bidding on quite a few at NameJet as well as buying in private. I want to share some of my recent acquisitions and would be interested in hearing about yours.

Some of the names have been sold already, some have been purchased to flip, and at least one is going to be developed by me.

  • DogGroomers.com (almost launched)
  • SlipperyElm.com (Google it)
  • BootWarmer.com
  • AlpacaFurs.com
  • AntiqueCollections.com (1996 registration date, predates Antiques.com)
  • VegetableGarden.com
  • DogWasteDisposal.com
  • NashuaJobs.com
  • LimestoneTile.com
  • OffshoreWebHosting.com
  • VineyardEquipment.com
  • SchoolPsychologist.com
  • VisitSaoPaulo.com
  • HorseCorrals.com

I don’t really have a specific interest as you can see, but looking more for aged, exact match product or service domain names in .com only.

What have you bought recently?

3 Letter .NET and .ORG Names on NameJet


I just received one of my daily emails from NameJet, and it was filled with 3 letter .net and 3 letter .org domain names. The names I checked don’t appear to be expiring, and they appear to be registered with privacy at Godaddy. Some already have bids far exceeding the $69 minimum.

According to the email, the  Top 100 Pre-Release Names for November 28, 2010 are all 3 letter domain names, including:

  • ccc.net
  • lab.org
  • bug.net
  • bxc.net
  • pkw.org
  • lkw.net
  • cha.net
  • ccu.net
  • mya.net
  • bbd.net
  • cmy.net
  • cwn.net
  • cdi.net
  • cem.net
  • cks.net
  • akt.net
  • lvl.net
  • bht.net
  • soz.net
  • vii.net
  • ccz.net
  • sel.net
  • col.net
  • eys.net
  • spk.net
  • jih.net
  • ajv.net
  • xup.net
  • brx.net
  • fpu.net
  • rnd.net
  • fvr.net
  • tgz.net
  • hmk.net
  • pdm.net
  • hjm.net
  • vhy.net
  • avl.net
  • sjw.net
  • umt.net
  • bvx.net
  • mfe.net
  • jwl.net
  • atj.net
  • acy.net
  • hvd.net
  • uop.net
  • hyl.net
  • hap.net
  • dpu.net
  • laf.net
  • czx.net
  • dhf.net
  • jfs.net
  • aae.net
  • aku.net
  • dmw.net
  • nca.net
  • msk.net
  • bic.net
  • cfo.org
  • cez.net
  • cos.net
  • cfm.net
  • eer.net
  • bes.net
  • zlr.net
  • ioy.net
  • jhd.net
  • jrn.net
  • jsx.net
  • ewc.net
  • ien.net
  • cvw.net
  • nce.net
  • kfw.net
  • cgu.net
  • mot.net
  • svm.net
  • cmo.net
  • kje.net
  • ktu.net
  • cdx.net
  • cey.net
  • byw.net
  • jex.net
  • zpj.net
  • jik.net
  • kuw.net
  • kjl.net
  • kjc.net
  • mpf.net
  • cgd.net
  • kny.net
  • cxw.net
  • crb.net
  • iix.net
  • jko.net
  • jlu.net
  • cbx.net

NameJet General Manager Steve Brown Departs


I recently heard from a few different industry sources that Steve Brown, General Manager of Demand Media’s auction platform, NameJet, was no longer with the company. Late this evening, the news of Brown’s departure was confirmed to some clients in an email.

Taking over Brown’s former GM position will be Matt Overman. Prior to this promotion, Overman served in the position of Director of Domain Sales at Demand Media. According to his LinkedIn page, Overman was previously Business Development Manager at HotKeys, which was acquired by Demand Media in 2006.

I sent emails to two company officials asking for comment, and I will post those when and if I hear back (Demand Media is currently in its quiet period after filing for an IPO).

eNom Names Won on NameJet Subject to 42 Day Auction Lock


As a domain seller, the quicker I can move inventory, (usually) the better. When I win an auction at NameJet, I try to find an end user or domain investor buyer as quickly as possible. I’ve never encountered an issue with this until last week.

I recently bought a domain name at auction on Namejet. I was informed the domain name would be moved to my eNom account, and I quickly scouted out buyers. I reached a deal to sell the domain name a few days later, and upon trying to push the name to another account, I learned that there was an “auction lock” on the domain name.

I inquired about the lock, and at first, technical support wasn’t very helpful. I asked why I could transfer a name I bought on NameJet that was registered at Network Solutions a few weeks prior, and the person tried to explain that it had something to do with pre-release and pending delete status differences, although I learned that explanation was incorrect.

According to Laurie Krick from Enom/NameJet, all domain names that end up at eNom will have a 45 day correction: 42 day lock on them. Owners can change the DNS to use the domain names within this period of time, but they can’t be pushed to another account or transferred out of eNom.

This lock is something I did not know about, but I will take it into consideration when bidding on NameJet domain names going forward, as it adds 45 days correction: 42 days to when I can flip names.

Update: it is 42 days, not 45 days

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