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US Senator Ron Wyden Tweets About .Org Sale

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The fallout continues from the announcement that a private equity company will be acquiring PIR and the .org registry it operates for a reported (but yet to be independently confirmed) sale price of $1.135 billion. There have been a number of organizations, businesses, news publications, and people that have called foul in the wake of this deal announcement.

This afternoon, ICA General Counsel Zak Muscovitch retweeted US Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon), who expressed his concerns about the .org acquisition:

Expiry Auctions: To Write or Not Write?

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Each expiry or expired domain name auction house has its own rules about renewing domain names. To some extent, its rules are dictated by the upstream partners where the expiry domain names are registered. Put simply, domain names in an expiry auction at GoDaddy Auctions or NameJet may be able to be renewed by the registrant until close to the end of the auction.

The ROI # is not That Important to Me

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I’ve been asked what ROI I expect to achieve with my domain investments. While I have heard (and probably said) a 10x ROI is a good goal to have, I really don’t really have a hard and fast rule that a 10x return on my domain name investments is critical. Perhaps a 10x return is a fair goal across a portfolio, but it is difficult for me to think like that when it comes to selling individual domain names.

Report: “sale price of PIR > $1.135 billion”

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Caroline Greer, Head of European Public Policy at Cloudflare, posted a tweet with the reported sale price of PIR, the operator of the .org registry. I do not have a way to independently verify the report or confirm it’s accuracy, but I reached out to Ethos Capital to confirm the sale price:

GoDaddy Job Opening: Vice President of Investor Relations

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Last week, Andrew Allemann wrote about a GoDaddy job opening that will have a direct impact on the domain investment side of the business. GoDaddy is looking to fill the role of President, Domain Registrar & Investor Business. I think this is an important role, and the person will directly oversee all of GoDaddy’s lines of business that impact domain investors, including its marketplaces and auctions.

This morning, I noticed a job opening posted to LinkedIn that will not have a direct impact on domain investors, but it is an important corporate role. GoDaddy is looking to hire a Vice President of Investor Relations. The job was posted six days ago, and there have been 54 applicants on LinkedIn so far.

Here’s a brief overview of the job opening GoDaddy is looking to fill:

10 Things I am Thankful for in the Domain Industry

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Thanksgiving in winding down for us, and I would be remiss if I didn’t take a few moments to give thanks. I’ve made a full-time living for 12+ years (anniversary is this week) solely from domain names, and I am very thankful for some of the people, tools, and businesses in the domain industry.

Here are 10 things I am thankful for today:

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