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 small donations show appreciation.
I think it would be great if DomainIQ or Whoisology allowed me to search by phone number. I occasionally get inquiries via phone, and it would be great to be able to search one of those domain tool websites to see if the caller is interested in a domain name rather than a robocaller. When I mentioned this on Twitter, someone mentioned TrueCaller, but I haven’t tried that service yet.
Not surprisingly, Rick Schwartz won the UDRP filed against Queen.com. I would not be surprised to aggressively go after the complainant to try and recover legal fees.
A company called Rinse raised $14 million in funding, according to TechCrunch. Smartly, it looks like the company has owned the exact match Rinse.com domain name for quite some time. Yes, great domain names are expensive, but I bet they founders are glad they own it.
I am debating whether or not to bring back the weekly brokerage listings. Readers love it, but it is annoying/sad to see people post terrible domain names for sale at ridiculous prices when the target audience is clearly other domain investors. Maybe I will give it a shot in a week or two.
If you want a good laugh on Twitter, you should follow the @wtfdomains Twitter handle.
Spitfire.com is coming up for auction on NameJet, and it already has a high bid of $21,000. Going to be interesting to see how high this one goes. It’s a great one word .com domain name, and there seem to be a lot of companies that would benefit from the upgrade.