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Buyer of Vacation.Rentals Does AMA

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Donuts reported that it sold the Vacation.Rentals domain name for $500,300 in an all-cash deal. This sale was reportedly the largest new gTLD domain name sale to date. It was the second reported $500,000+ sale of a new gTLD domain name reported by Donuts this year.

Earlier today, I was alerted via Twitter and email that the buyer of Vacation.Rentals, Mike Kugler, did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the AMAFeed.com platform. In the AMA, there were quite a few questions posed about the domain name and the acquisition of the domain name.

Here are some of the more relevant domain name related questions that were posed: (more…) → Read More


Donuts is 2017 Technology Fast 500 Winner

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In the 2017 edition of Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 awards, Donuts was the top ranking company in North America. The Technology Fast 500 awards recognizes "the fastest growing public and private technology companies in North America." The award has existed for more than 20 years. Last year's winner was Loot Crate.

According to a press release distributed by Deloitte this morning, "Donuts Inc. claimed the top spot with a growth rate of 59,093 percent from 2013 to 2016." The actual revenue number was not shared, so that remains unknown. Deloitte looks at % of fiscal revenue growth from 2013-2016 to determine the winner. I am not sure if there is a minimum revenue figure in order to be considered for the list. The four other top finishers for 2017 were Classpass, Toast, Aratana Therapeutics, Inc., and Theravance Biopharma US, Inc.

I took a quick look at the top 500 companies (more…) → Read More


GoDaddy Acquires Name.com Domain Portfolio + Expiry Stream

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I detected a domain portfolio acquisition by GoDaddy's NameFind, and the news was confirmed to me by the company yesterday afternoon. GoDaddy acquired an unknown number of domain names from the Name.com / Rightside domain name portfolio, which I believe was sold by Donuts. Up until earlier this year, Name.com was owned by Rightside, a company that was recently acquired by Donuts. GoDaddy also informed me that the Name.com expiry stream will now go to auction via GoDaddy Auctions.

Nick Fuller, who is Director of Public Relations at GoDaddy, sent me the following statement from VP and GM of the Aftermarket at GoDaddy, Paul Nicks:

“We can confirm that GoDaddy has acquired domain names from Name.com. These names will help anyone looking to make a statement online. The domain names are a mixture of .com domain names as well as new tlds and will be added to the NameFind portfolio. We have also worked out an agreement with Name.com to add their domain names to our expiry auctions.”

The company did not (more…) → Read More


Andee Hill Hired by ICANN

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Over the weekend, I saw that Andee Hill announced that she has left Donuts. Andee worked there for two years as Director of Business Development at Donuts. Prior to Donuts, Andee founded (and sold) an escrow service and got her start in the domain business at Escrow.com.

Of her time at Donuts, Andee said she is "Honored to have worked at a smart company and with smart people.” Her last day at the company was July 31.

After reading the news about her departure from Donuts, I reached out to Andee to see if she is staying in the domain name industry and ask what her plans are. Andee told me she has accepted an offer from ICANN to become its Registrar Services & Engagement Programs Director.

"I'm very excited to start the position and feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to (more…) → Read More


What Will Donuts Do With Name.com?

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The big domain name industry news this morning is that Donuts is acquiring Rightside. According to StreetInsider.com, the deal is for $10.60 per share of NAME stock, which is approximately $213 million. This is an all-cash deal.




A press release with information about the deal can be found on Yahoo Finance.

I am sure there will be quite a bit of analysis from domain industry sources as well as stock/finance sources, but one of the more intriguing things is that Donuts will own Name.com once the deal closes. Since the company was founded, (more…) → Read More


NamesCon Sponsor Spotlight on Donuts

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donutsNamesCon 2017 is just over  one week  away and we are busy getting ready for our largest — and best — conference to date! Our attendees are already making great connections through our new mobile app and organizing their schedules to maximize their time at NamesCon. Tickets are still available to purchase — don't miss out on the chance to attend the biggest domain name industry event in the world. People from all parts of the domain community are set to converge on the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from January 22-25, 2017.

We want to help you make the most of your conference, which is why we are running this interviews series introducing you to NamesCon Sponsors and the people behind the big names. Today's Spotlight interview is with  Mason Cole, VP of Communications & Industry Relations at Donuts Inc.

What is your company's mandate; what sets you apart?


Donuts' mandate corresponds to that of ICANN when it introduced the new TLD program: expand consumer choice and competition in the domain name space.  We → Read More


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