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Water Night Raises $90k for Water School

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Water SchoolWater Night is the annual party thrown at the end of NamesCon to raise money for the non-profit Water School. Conference sponsors and NamesCon attendees join together for a party at the Havana Room in the Tropicana Hotel, and proceeds from the event are donated to the Water School.

Yesterday evening, the Water School tweeted out that the event raised about $90,000 in funds. The Water School also mentioned that this amount of money will help 2,500 families:




One of the most fun part of the night is the "water shave," where several members of the domain industry volunteer to have their heads shaved to raise funds for the Water School. This year, participants included (more…) → Read More


Gregg McNair Launches Premium Traffic Limited

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ptlMonetizing my domain name traffic has never been a major revenue driver for my companies, but it is a big driver of revenue in the domain business. In fact, according to Dr. Gregg McNair, "In ten years monetization revenues have never been higher and they continue to grow."

I received a press release over the weekend that was timed to coincide with the DomainFest Asia conference being held in Hong Kong. In the release, the launch of Premium Traffic Limited (PTL) was announced. According to the press release, there have been a number of different brands within the McNair Monetization Group, and those brands have all been consolidated into one unit called Premium Traffic Limited. I was told that this move has been in the works for over a year.

Gregg shared a bit of insight into the company. "Being ahead of the competition in technical development and traffic quality are our two primary advantages," he shared via email. In addition to timing the news with DomainFest Asia, the company also made the announcement in advance of → Read More


CentralNic Advances “Years Ahead” With Internet.BS Acquisition

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CentralNic LogoCentralNic, a publicly traded registry service provider that trades on the London Stock  Exchange, has acquired Internet.BS, a ICANN  accredited domain registrar based in the Bahamas. According to Gregg McNair, Internet.BS Chairman, the registrar is approaching 800,000 domain names registered and the company has registrants in 199 countries. Reuters reports the deal is a mix of cash and stock, and it has a "maximum consideration of $7.5 mln."

This strategic acquisition gives CentralNic a direct relationship with domain registrants. Prior to the deal, the company's primary focus was its registry service provider business, although it operated a few consumer facing portals such as www.la,  Buydomains.london, and  Buy.menu.

Commenting to DomainInvesting.com, CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford said, "acquiring Internet.bs with its entire team has put us (more…) → Read More


Andee Hill and Gregg McNair Co-Found Escrow Service

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EscrowHill.com LogoLast week, I was working on a deal transacted at Escrow.com, and I reached out to Andee Hill for an update. Shortly after sending my email, I learned that Andee was no longer working at the company. This morning, there was a press release to announce that Andee and Gregg McNair have teamed up to establish an escrow services company called EscrowHill.com.

Whenever I've needed something or had an issue at Escrow.com, Andee has always been able to provide assistance. Andee worked at Escrow.com since 1999, most recently as Director of Business Development. Based on the press release I received, it appears the company's focus will be on (more…) → Read More


Ken Hansen Leaves Neustar to Become CEO of co.com Registry

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Ken HansenFor the past four years, Ken Hansen has been Senior Director of Business Development, GM, ,nyc at Neustar. In that role, he has been working to promote the .NYC registry, which has the backing of New York City.  I just learned that Ken is leaving Neustar to become CEO of the co.com Registry, a recently formed venture that will offer .co.com domain names.

The new co.com registry will sell subdomain names from the primary co.com domain name. The registry is being led by three people with extensive domain industry experience and connections - Ken Hansen, Gregg McNair (Chairman), and Paul Goldstone (President).

Paul Goldstone was the original owner of the co.com domain name and opted to sell domain names because of the popularity of the .co.cctld country extensions (I am told 61 countries use .co. in their ccTLD).  co.com believes "demand for domains ending in .com will not be going away", and aims to meet the demand with short recognizable co.com domain names. The company's tagline, is "Get the .com you've always wanted".
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LMG Launches CBS Real Estate Website

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CBS has launched a new interactive Real Estate website in conjunction with LMG Digital Media, a leading boutique web development and social networking company based in New York City. The real estate website they created can be found by visiting CBSREM.com or CBSRealEstateMarket.com.

LMG Digital Media may be familiar to domain investors, as the company's CEO, Simon Mills, is a regular at domain investment conferences, and Internet entrepreneur/domain investor Gregg McNair serves as a Director. At the moment, Gregg is on a tour in Kenya with a group of domain investors supporting TheWaterSchool.org charity (noted in DNJournal).

Congratulations to the LMG Digital Media team, which also includes family friend, Daniel Modell, VP Creative Director. → Read More