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Coya Buys Coya.com Before $10 Million Funding Round

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CrunchBase reported that an insurance startup called Coya received $10 million in seed funding at the end of August. A quick check showed that the company is operating its business on the Coya.com domain name, which had previously been owned by Frank Schilling's Name Administration. Jamie Zoch reported the sale of Coya.com at the end of July, although the price was not published.

I reached out to one of the founders of Coya via email to ask what the company paid to buy the domain name and what url the company was using prior to the acquisition. Unfortunately, I did not hear back from him.

I also reached out to Jeff Gabriel, Vice President of Sales at Uniregistry. Jeff let me know that the domain name was brokered by Ryan May of Uniregistry, and the sale price for the Coya.com domain name was a very reasonable (more…) → Read More


Name Administration Successfully Settles ChilliBeans.com Dispute After Legal Battle

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Frank Schilling

It's very frustrating to see a generic / descriptive domain name taken away from a registrant via UDRP.  Not only is it unfair, but it also adds to the cost of doing business, as a UDRP defense has become a risk that needs to be factored into any domain investor's business model.

Back in late 2008, Balglow  Finance, a Brazilian company operating a sunglasses business known as "Chilli Beans,"  filed a UDRP for the descriptive domain name, ChilliBeans.com. The domain name  was/is owned by Frank Schilling's company,  Name Administration, Inc. When the three person NAF panel ruled against Name Administration in November of 2008, the company filed a lawsuit in its Grand Cayman jurisdiction in order to keep the domain name.

I was just informed that Name Administration has prevailed in its nearly two year legal effort to keep this domain name. According to a release I received this afternoon, the companies agreed that  "NAI's use of the generic Chillibeans.com domain name violated no enforceable rights of Balglow Finance." → Read More


Seven Mile: Gift That Keeps on Giving

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I kid around with the title of this post, but in all seriousness, I want to make sure that the people reading my blog know that I wouldn't be in the position I am in today without Frank Schilling and his Seven Mile domain blog.

Not only was Frank one of the first people to really go "all in" with domain names, but he was also one of the first domain bloggers who shared news, insight, and opinion with all of us - and he was happy to talk domains with anyone who commented. Looking back, it's pretty cool that Frank was willing to take the time to share with all of us.

Not only that, but Frank was kind enough to link to newer bloggers that he didn't even know, myself included, and every time he did that, my traffic went through the roof. It was such a trip when Frank linked to my blog, and it was an even cooler experience when Frank added me to his blog roll without my having to ask for the link.

Although Frank hasn't blogged in quite some time, I urge you to look through his past posts   - even if you've read them all before. → Read More