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M&A Discussion in the Domain Space

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Frank Schilling authored an article in Entrepreneur about mergers and acquisitions. Frank shared his thoughts on the considerations a business owner must make before deciding on a M&A opportunity. Interestingly, Frank shared the following about M&A experience with his own business:
"Potential buyers approached me five times in four years in pursuit of my business, Uniregistry, as I told DN Journal in 2007. Several offered nine-figure deals, and they were willing to go higher at each point in our negotiations. I met with each one and seriously considered their propositions. In the end, selling didn't feel right. I may sell eventually, but not until I find a situation that suits my goals and represents what I believe is best for the company."

The article was timely, as it seems there is some M&A discussion in the domain name business, according → Read More


Victor Pitts Hired by MMX as Director of Premium Sales

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MMX LogoThis morning, I received an announcement about another noteworthy domain industry hiring. Industry veteran Victor Pitts has joined MMX (formerly known as Minds & Machines) as Director of Premium Sales for the Americas. Many people in the domain space likely know Victor from his days at Moniker (and Oversee.net), and more recently at Above.com.

In his new role with MMX, Victor will be working on selling some of the premium-designated domain names in the new extensions operated by MMX. Victor will also be working on various industry partnerships. I am sure his industry experience will be particularly helpful with the later aspect of his new role.

MMX also recently hired Solomon Amoako as VP of Channel Management.

The press release announcing the news is found below. Thank you to Simon Cousins for sharing the news with me. (more…) → Read More


NamesCon Sponsor Spotlight on MMX

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Toby Hall MMXThere is less than a week to go until NamesCon 2017! As you know, we are busy getting ready for our largest — and best — conference to date! NamesCon attendees are already making great connections through our new mobile app and organizing their schedules to maximize their time. 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, so we are running this interviews series introducing you to NamesCon Sponsors and the people behind the big names. Today's Spotlight interview is with  Toby Hall, CEO at MMX  (also known as Minds & Machines).

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


In 2016, Michael and I went through the process of restructuring MMX from a vertically integrated business into a pure-play registry. This is allowing us to → Read More