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Antony Van Couvering Out as CEO of Minds & Machines


I received a press release this morning announcing that Antony Van Couvering  is no longer CEO of Minds & Machines, the company he founded. I did a quick Google search to confirm the  report, and I saw that Antony published an article about this on CircleID: I Got Fired.

Here's an excerpt about the news from the press release:

Minds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announces that Antony Van Couvering is no longer the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr Van Couvering was removed from office with immediate effect by means of a unanimous resolution of directors passed at a meeting of directors held on 19 February 2016. The Group is currently making the transition from asset gatherer to monetisation of its leading portfolio of top-level domains; the Board believes a change of leadership will assist in this process. As such, the Board is delighted that the Company's Chief Marketing Officer, Toby Hall, has, subject to regulatory approvals, accepted the → Read More

.Miami Domains Banner at Dolphins Game Part of Larger Effort


.Miami Domain names at GoDaddy

GoDaddy and the .Miami domain registry have been teaming up to market .Miami domain names using a variety of channels. One attention grabbing tactic was seen by thousands who attended the Miami Dolphins NFL game this past Sunday.

As you can see from the photos above and below, a small airplane flew around Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida with a banner advertising .Miami domain names available at GoDaddy for "40% off." The banner was part of a larger marketing effort being undertaken by Minds & Machines, the operators of the .Miami domain extension, and GoDaddy.

Since .Miami launched (more…) → Read More

Walmart.Horse: Great Publicity for M+M


One of the biggest domain name stories of the last week involves the Walmart.Horse domain name and landing page. The short version of the story is that a person registered the Walmart.Horse domain name, and a company representing Walmart sent a cease and desist letter to the owner. The owner responded to the C&D, and here we are.

There has been quite a bit of press coverage of this story, and I think the buzz is good for the registry operator, Minds+Machines. Some of the news outlets that published articles about Walmart.Horse include:

  • Ars Techica

  • The Consumerist

  • New York Daily News

  • Business Insider

  • Toronto Star

  • Fortune

I don't think Minds + Machines could (more…) → Read More

Frank Schilling & Antony Van Couvering to Host gTLD Event



Frank Schilling of Uniregistry and Antony Van Couvering of Minds and Machines will be co-hosting an event focusing on new gTLD domain names. The event is called Silicon Beach TLD Fest, and it will be held on April 21, 2014 at 6pm at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, California.

Here is how the event is being billed according to the event website:

"Over 500,000 new domains have already been registered in 70+ new Top Level Extensions including .berlin, .photography, and .sexy. Meet two of the leading companies in this new space, MINDS + MACHINES and UNIREGISTRY.

Learn what the new TLD revolution means for your startup - and how you can make money in this exciting new space. Legendary domainer Frank Schilling will share his personal perspective."

The event is (more…) → Read More

Minds & Machines: “Dot Com is Dead”


Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 7.18.44 PMI thought you might find this provocative Facebook sponsored advertisement from Minds & Machines to be interesting, and perhaps even humorous. As you can see, the headline says "Dot Com is Dead" and the text below it reads "Long live the new Top Level Domains."

Clicking the link takes you directly to the Minds & Machines website, where you can reserve gTLD domain names in the .best, .casa, .ceo, .cooking and .horse extensions.

It certainly seems to be wishful thinking on the part of Minds & Machines, and Ron Jackson's weekly domain name sales report on DNJournal would seem to indicate otherwise.

I'd love to ask Minds & Machines CEO Antony Van Couvering if he really thinks ".com is dead" or if he was just trying to drive traffic with a suggestive headline. → Read More

Antony Van Couvering Named CEO of Top Level Domain Holdings


Top Level Domain Holdings CEOI just read a news release announcing that Top Level Domain Holdings has named Antony Van Couvering its CEO. Van Couvering previously served as the company's Chief Operating Officer, and he is also CEO of Minds + Machines, a company operated by TLDH.

Van Couvering is one of the most intelligent and well spoken individuals in the domain space. He is an expert in the workings of ICANN, and his appointment to CEO has to do with this expertise. He is also one of the most well-versed individuals when it comes to the new gTLD domain names that are expected to be rolled out in the not so distant future.

Top Level Domain Holdings is a public company, and its stock is traded on the London Stock Exchange, under the symbol TLDH. Congrats to Antony on this well-deserved promotion. → Read More

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