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101domain Acquired by Afilias

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I want to share some news I received this morning via email. Wolfgang Reile, President and CEO of 101domain, announced that the company has been acquired by Afilias. I imagine the announcement was made to coincide with the ICANN meeting in Dublin, which kicks off very soon. As you likely know, Afilias is a domain name registry (billed as "the world's second largest Internet domain name registry"), and 101domain is a popular domain name registrar.

In the email, Mr. Reile announced that he is stepping down from his role as President and CEO. Anthony Beltran, who served as the company COO and CFO, will be leading 101domain going forward. The email mentioned that not much will be changing at 101domain aside from some of the "corporate, registry and operational details." I presume this means that the 101domain branding will be retained.

The email announcement I received is below: (more…) → Read More


NamesCon: Spotlight on Afilias

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This article is part of a series of interviews with NamesCon exhibitors and sponsors. The 2015 NamesCon event will take place at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas from January 11-14. Over 500 people have registered to attend NamesCon so far, and over 800 attendees are expected.

Today's NamesCon Spotlight interview is with John Kane, Vice President of Corporate Services at Afilias. You are welcome to post comments and questions for John in the comment section if you would like to ask about Afilias or the domain business.

Hey John , can you tell us about your company and how long you have been there?

Afilias is the world's second largest (more…) → Read More


Free Afilias Webinar: Learn to Launch a New gTLD

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AfiliasI know it's fairly late to let you know about this, but Afilias will be hosting a free one hour webinar at 10am Eastern today to discuss a variety of topics related to launching a new gTLD. Although the application window for this round has been closed for quite some time, there will likely be future application rounds for people who want to launch a .brand extension or other new extension.

In this webinar that will begin shortly,  Roland LaPlante,  SVP and CMO of  Afilias will discuss important issues related to applying for and launching a new domain extension. LaPlante will discuss the company's learnings based on their launch of the .info extension and other new gTLD launches since then.

Here's what the company says will be discussed on the webinar:

"During this session, (more…) → Read More


NameJet Holding Premium .Info Auction

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NameJet is holding a private  auction  with Afilias, and 79 keyword rich .info domain names are up for sale. The actual auctions will take place from May 3rd to May 10th, although backorders need to be placed in order for bidders to participate in each of the private auctions. There is no reserve on any of the auctions.

Here are a few of the domain names that are up for sale in this auction: (more…) → Read More