A few days ago, I saw that the Kiwi.com domain name had changed hands. Kiwi.com had been owned by Future Media Architects, and the Whois changed to show the registrant as Skypicker.com S.R.O. I had not heard of this company prior to the Whois change, and I am not sure what they are planning for Kiwi.com. At the time of publication, the domain name does not yet resolve.
After seeing the domain name change hands, I reached out to Jeff Gabriel, Vice President of Sales at DomainNameSales.com (DNS) to ask if he could share any details because DNS brokers domain names on behalf of Future Media Architects. Jeff was able able to confirm that the domain name had sold and he told me the acquisition price was $800,000. I was told the broker on this deal was Arif Sengoren, who previously worked at Nokta for five years as a domain broker before joining DNS.
“2016 is off to a fantastic start,” according to Jeff, who oversees the domain brokerage team at DNS. “This is one of many large sales we have had so far this year,” he told me.
Once this domain name is officially reported by DNJournal, it will likely rank as the second largest public domain name sale of the year following the $929,000 sale of TP.com. This will also be the largest public sale of the year for DNS, ahead of the $100,000 sale of Magenta.com. I presume there have been additional large sales transacted via DNS that will remain private at the request of the buyer or the seller.
Thanks for sharing.
That’s a great sale both in terms of high quality domain name and sale price.
Congrats to both parties!
Nice one. Have added to other, be it less impressive kiwi sales. Considering of other TLDs/SLDs, .kiwi, .kiwi.nz, .kiwi.me, there is certainly the market to serve all New Zealanders.
Or just to sell the fruits.
Not sure what market is larger though.
The name 10.com sold & it’s asking price is mid 7 figures now.
Congratulations to Elequa.
There is always great rivalry between the Aussies and the Kiwis. So I wonder what Aussie.com would sell for? 😉
Aussies is a well known consumer brand and they do own it. But comparing *aussies* and *kiwi* sales, the latter wins, respectively
Even without this latest sale of $ 800,000.00 USD.
Not “Aussies” plural. Aussie.
Typos. Errata. The known brand is of course Aussie and the numbers where provided for the query *aussie” as well.
One of the post above, made me remember an UDRP for Kiwi. FMA won it in 2005 represented by Stevan Lieberman.
The most valuable for Australia is ausi.com – been around for 15+ years and the biggest au email provider
Worth a fortune if they would sell
Speaking of FMA, who knows the history of Cool.com? 🙂
kiwi.com will be used as a website to sell flights and hotels, similar to skyscanner or orbits ;(
Yes, you are right. Company SkyPicker (2 czech guys found this company few years ago, annual turnover 91M USD) is now in rebranding process. So Kiwi is new company name – thats the main reason for such huge amount of money (however domain name is really awsome).