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Sunday Morning Thoughts and Updates

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The Summer is winding down, and I am very happy for that. I have a few large deals in the works, and I thought at least one of them would be finished last week. It wasn't, but that is life in this business. I feel like things slow down in the Summer, and I am happy that the Fall is almost here. Things should pick up in the next couple of weeks.

Here are some thoughts and updates. You are welcome to share yours as well:

I wish I could share this message with brand owners and their legal representatives: please do not file a UDRP to try and get a domain name that was registered prior to your existence. Houzz tried it with HOUZ.com and they just lost their UDRP. The domain name was owned by the registrant before Houzz existed, so there is really no way they could have proven the name was registered in bad faith. If a company wants a domain name badly enough, they should buy it.

It's very strange to see a UDRP filed against a (more…) → Read More


Sunday Morning Thoughts & Updates

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It's a beautiful Summer Sunday morning, and I thought I would share some thoughts and updates with you before we head out with the kids. The PMC is a week away, and I sincerely appreciate all of the domain industry support. There is still time to make a donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and help me achieve my fundraising goal. In the meantime, here are some domain industry thoughts and updates:

I agree with Shane that some domain investing money has been moved to cryptocurrency investments. I am not really involved in the crypto space, and I can't imagine having to focus on the hyper volatile cryptocurrency trading market at all times. I spend enough time on my domain business, and I don't think it would be fair to my family if I had to keep a constant monitor on something else. I am sure there are people that moved from the domain business to cryptocurrency making lots of money, and hopefully that continues for them.

According to a Domain Incite article, "ICANN will NOT set a date for the next round of new gTLD → Read More


Summer Sunday Thoughts and Updates

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It's highly likely that I am on my bicycle right now while you read this. I am starting out at 6am and will probably finish at around noon. Luckily, my wife is super understanding (she runs the Boston Marathon on the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team), and she watches the kids while I do my training rides. The support from the domain industry means a great deal to me, and what keeps me going is thinking about kids who are helped by Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund. Seeing tweets like these drives me to keep fundraising and pedaling.

Here are some domain industry thoughts and updates for the weekend:

When I was starting out in the domain space, I read forum posts from John Berryhill that offered good insight about domain name legal issues. On a couple of occasions when I had a concern, I called John to ask for some advice. John never charged me for his time answering these questions. If John has helped you, I am sure he would appreciate your support as he is also riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise funds for Dana-Farber. Even → Read More


Father’s Day Sunday Thoughts & Updates

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We celebrate Father's Day here in the US. I will be celebrating by hosting a BBQ with my Dad and my kids. I am going to start out the day with a 50+/- bike ride. I am ramping up the distance in my PMC training. I now ride Saturday and Sunday and will continue to increase the distance until mid-July. If you're in the Boston MetroWest area and want to go for a 50+ mile ride on a Saturday or Sunday morning (somewhere between 15-16mph), let me know.

Here are some thoughts and updates for the week. You are welcome to share your own in the comment section:

GoDaddy shared an interesting article on its blog about how it helped Carter Wilkerson and his #NuggsForCarter campaign. When I saw the company tweeting about it as it happened, I thought it would be a nice PR win for them.

It was nice to see a mainstream business publication (CNBC) write about Snap Inc.'s failed attempt to (more…) → Read More


Sunday Morning Domain Industry Thoughts and Updates

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I wish this wasn't the last day of April. It's been a pretty solid  month for my business, and I hope the same can be said for you. My domain name portfolio is relatively  small, so my good month  doesn't necessarily mean anything on a macro level. My guess is that the improving stock market is giving more people and companies confidence in spending money on things like domain names. I am not an economist, so that is just a guess.

Here are a few thoughts and updates this weekend. You are welcome to share your thoughts and updates as well.

I had a good lunch meeting with Alan Shiflett and Rich Green from Afternic last week. It's always nice to see these guys and catch up and chat about business. One downside to working for myself is that I don't really have people with whom I can "talk shop." It's great to be able to get together with people like Alan and Rich.

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Domain Industry News Updates

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Another busy week is in the books. I had a group of 50 or so auctions at NameJet last week, and it is always exciting to watch auctions close. Whether there are last minute bidders or not, it is fun to see how auctions do.

Here are some domain industry news updates from the last week. If you have other news updates to share that I missed or you think others might want to know about, I invite you to share.

The XCI.com auction on DropCatch.com is ending this afternoon. Bidding is over $20,000. It's not very often that you see a LLL.com domain name dropped.

I will be keeping my eyes on a couple of recent UDRP filings (more…) → Read More


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