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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


Heart.com Acquired by IHeartRadio Parent

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Media Options was brokering the Heart.com domain name domain name last year. This past  November, Jamie Zoch reported that "Heart.com which was owned by Blucora, Inc. has moved to generic whois data at MarkMonitor, along with a DNS change to generic MarkMonitor servers." Andrew Rosener of Media Options confirmed the deal to Jamie at the time of his article, but the buyer was unknown.

Based on a Whois record update, the new registrant of Heart.com is iHM Identity, Inc., the parent company of iHeartRadio.

Heart.com Whois Record

 

Heart.com is a great acquisition for the company. In addition to being a fantastic domain name, Heart.com is (more…) → Read More


5 With… Andrew Rosener

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Andrew Rosener and Elliot Silver in Casco Viejo, PanamaIt has been a while since my last "5 With..." five question interview, and I thought it would be neat to revive this series by interviewing Andrew Rosener, CEO of Media Options.

Andrew runs one of the most successful domain name brokerage firms, and his company has also done very well investing in domain names. When it comes to getting domain name industry observations or feedback about a particular domain name, Andrew is one of the few people I rely on to get honest, first-hand insight. There is probably just a small amount of people regularly working on acquisitions and sales as hard as I am working, and Andrew is definitely in this group.

I asked Andrew several questions about the state of his business and the current state of the domain name aftermarket. Although Andrew shares his thoughts regularly on Domain Sherpa, I think he provided some interesting insight in this interview. I am sure he would be willing to answer more questions if you want to ask in the comment section.

As always, I appreciate Andrew's time spent → Read More


Telepathy Sells Podium.com

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I spend a considerable amount of time doing Whois searches on great domain names. One company that comes up more than most is Telepathy. This morning, I noticed a Whois change on Podium.com, a domain name formerly owned by Telepathy and now registered privately. Podium.com was also recently transferred from Name.com to GoDaddy, which led me to believe that Nat Cohen's company sold the domain name.

I reached out to Nat to see if he could share any details about Podium.com, and he referred me to Media Options' Andrew Rosener. Although neither would confirm the purchase price, Andrew confirmed that the domain name was sold. "We can't comment on any details of the transaction, but Media Options brokered the sale of Podium.com in what would be one of the leading sales of the year if made public," Andrew told me.

Based on (more…) → Read More


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