Chief Acquires Brand Match Chief.com

Yesterday afternoon, I saw the tweet below from Lindsay Kaplan, Co-Founder of Chief, a private network and club for women executives. She was announcing that her company secured a major Series A funding round. According to Crunchbase, the company has now raised $25 million in funding over two rounds:

When I saw her tweet, I navigated to Chief.com, and I saw that this startup had acquired the brand match domain name. A Whois history search showed me that the domain name appears to have been recently acquired. Prior to the acquisition of Chief.com, Chief had been using JoinChief.com, according to a CNN article about the company.

I reached out to the general email inbox at Chief and to the former domain name registrant, Roland Chemtob, to see if either could share any information about the domain name acquisition. Although I have not yet heard back from Chief, I did receive a reply from Roland, who owned Chief.com for 22 years. Roland is a long time domain investor whose Branded Holding Group owns and leases a variety of high value 2 letter and one word .com domain names, including MB.com, Ultra.com, Pipe.com, Wonder.com, Bravo.com, Canvas.com, and many other valuable assets.

According to Roland, there were two parties who had shown serious interest in buying the Chief.com domain name. Roland confirmed the sale, but he was unable to share the price. The startup agreed to buy the domain with the help of their existing investors, and Roland believes it helped in raising their valuation. Interestingly, Roland told me the other prospective buyer ended up offering more money to buy the domain name, but he honored the agreement he struck with the buyer. Roland also told me that domain brokers Tessa Holcomb and Amanda Walz were instrumental in getting the deal done in less than three days. From what I can tell, the domain name was sold sometime between early April and mid-June.

Roland was complimentary of Chief because the startup “saw the value way up front before raising a second round.”

Chief.com is obviously a great domain name, and it was a smart move to acquire it when it did because another company would likely own it now.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

1 COMMENT

Leave a Reply

Recent Posts

Fox.org UDRP Decision is Upsetting

0
Last night, I saw that WIPO had posted an update regarding the Fox.org UDRP. Fox.org is a domain name registered in 1996, and I...

CEO of NFT.com Shares Domain Name Acquisition Learnings

0
Jordan Fried is the owner of some exceptional domain names. A few of the domain names he owns include NFT.com, PuertoRico.com, and Fried.com. This...

Taking a Blog Break

45
I have been writing articles on my blog since 2007. I have been fortunate to have the advertising support of many domain industry companies...

Some Thoughts About 2023

3
As the year winds down, I have been thinking about what to expect for the upcoming year. I am hopeful that it will be...

How I Am Preparing for the New Year

4
Less than a week remains in 2022. This is generally a quiet week in terms of domain name sales, so I tend to spend...