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Report: Identity.com Acquired by Crypto Company

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Yesterday evening, CoinDesk published an article that touched on what seems to be a major domain name acquisition. According to the report, a company in the crypto and blockchain space called Civic (which owns and uses Civic.com) acquired the Identity.com domain name for an undisclosed purchase price.

According to my records, Media Options was recently brokering Identity.com via its domain sales newsletter. On May 3rd and on July 5th, Identity.com was listed for sale with a $1.5 million asking price. The description for the domain name listing was: "A titan of a brand, once in a lifetime opportunity for a domain like this!" It sure seems like Vinny Lingham, co-founder and CEO of Civic, felt the same way about Identity.com.

I reached out to Civic to see if the company could comment on the acquisition. (more…) → Read More


Yellow.com Acquired by Blockchain Company

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The Yellow.com domain name is changing hands to a blockchain investment entity which appears to be called Yellow Corporation. The transaction price and terms of the deal were private, so unfortunately, this sale will not likely be reported in DNJournal or NameBio. I reached out to the registrant of Yellow.com, and I did not receive a response to my query about the domain name and sale price. From what I can see, the company appears to be associated with Alexis Sirkia and Stefan King.

Yellow.com was sold by Internet Real Estate Ltd. (IRE), the domain investment company founded by Andrew Rosener. I have been tracking the domain name, and when I saw the new website launch, I was able to get Andrew to confirm that his company sold the domain name. Andrew's Media Options domain brokerage firm brokered the sale of the domain name. Chris Zuiker brokered the deal on behalf of the seller.

From what I can see using DomainTools' Whois History tool, Yellow.com appears to have changed hands a few times in the last few years. In 2015, it → Read More


Domain Names Are Relatively Cheap

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I read an Inc. article about a company called Swag, which uses the exact match Swag.com for its domain name. What grabbed my attention beyond the killer domain name was how they reportedly got the domain name:

"They also observed that no one owned the domain name swag.com, so they quickly grabbed it."

This stood out to me, and a couple of quick searches proved this to be incorrect (I imagine it is misunderstanding). The Swag.com domain name is registered privately, but Whois records show that it was created in 1995 and owned by someone else for quite some time. A search of my Gmail shows that this domain name had been brokered before - Swag.com was listed for sale for $275,000 in September of 2015 in the Media Options newsletter. In fact, in an interview 4.cn did with Andrew Rosener, he confirmed that his company brokered the sale of Swag.com.

That really is neither here nor there, but seeing Swag.com marketed for sale at $275,000 really emphasizes how relatively inexpensive domain names are.

Just about every business has → Read More


Internet Real Estate Ltd. Acquires Do.com

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Andrew Rosener, CEO of Media Options domain brokerage, tweeted about a major domain name acquisition Internet Real Estate Ltd. recently made:




Subsequent to this tweet, Andrew reached out to Hover via Twitter for some help with the domain transfer. George Kirikos speculated that the domain name Andrew may have acquired was Do.com:



In a conversation I had with Andrew (and a public tweet) he confirmed that Do.com was acquired by Internet Real Estate Ltd. The purchase price was not disclosed to me, but I would be very (more…) → Read More


Name Summit Drawing: One Hour Consultation with Andrew Rosener

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I think that Andrew Rosener is known as one of the top brokers in the industry. In fact, he was recently involved in PayPal's sale of the X.com domain name to Elon Musk for an undisclosed price. I want to share details about a tweet with a special  Name Summit offer that Media Options posted this morning. The tweet was followed up with a newsletter detailing the offer:




The inaugural Name Summit  domain industry conference is scheduled for August 7-8 at the Hilton Midtown hotel in New York City. I shared more information about Name Summit in an article published back in April. Since my article was published, Andrew Rosener was added as Co-Founder and Producer of the conference.

To encourage people to purchase their conference tickets ASAP, organizers announced a drawing for an "hour-long coaching session with Media Options CEO Andrew → Read More


Essential.com Acquired for Essential Phone

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One of my few domain name regrets is that I didn't acquire the Essential.com domain name when it was being marketed and auctioned by Hilco Streambank via its HilcoDomains.com platform in 2014. I am not sure if Essential.com was sold via auction or not, but it was acquired by Media Options, the company founded by  Andrew Rosener.

Andrew's company sold Essential.com for a reported $250,000, according to NameBio. This sale ranked as the 25th largest public domain name sale in DNJournal's annual domain name sales report. After the domain name was sold, it went under Whois privacy, where it has remained ever since.  This meant that the owner of the domain name has been  unknown.

Based on some news I read yesterday, it looks like we now know who acquired the Essential.com domain name and how this domain name will be used. This was confirmed in a tweet from Andrew Rosener.

According to articles in various tech publications  yesterday and today, a new mobile phone company has been launched by Andy Rubin, an entrepreneur and → Read More


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