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Ken Hansen 10k Domains at 1 Year Anniversary


Ken Hansen from the registry shared some news with me that I want to share with you. The registry recently celebrated its one year anniversary, and there are now more than 10,000 domain names registered. domain names retail for anywhere from $20 - $40, and some registrars have a higher renewal cost. The registry has also sold many domain names at a premium cost, such as for $25,000.

If were a new gTLD registry, the extension would rank as one of the top 100 registries (based on the list of top new gTLD registries). The registry also reported increasing momentum towards the end of 2014. According to the press release announcing the news, "many companies are using their domain rather than their country code top-level domain to better reach potential outside of their borders."

A key test for the registry will be the renewal rate for its registered domain names. Since some registrars are charging more for renewals, this could lead to an uptick in revenue. → Read More

Ken Hansen Leaves Neustar to Become CEO of Registry


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 Registry, a recently formed venture that will offer domain names.

The new registry will sell subdomain names from the primary 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 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). believes "demand for domains ending in .com will not be going away", and aims to meet the demand with short recognizable domain names. The company's tagline, is "Get the .com you've always wanted".
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