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Why Donuts is Called Donuts

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donutsHave you ever wondered why Donuts is called Donuts? Honestly, I hadn't really thought about it all that much before, but I read an article about the company in The Seattle Times over the weekend, and the answer was given in the article.

When company co-founder and CEO Paul Stahura was asked why he chose the name Donuts for the brand instead of anything else, here's what he had to say:

"Stahura decided the company name would start with "d" and its logo would be teal, a play off TLD. He looked through a dictionary and liked that Donuts has the letters "dns" (for "domain name system") in it."

A typical domain industry veteran may have chosen a brand name based on (more…) → Read More


New gTLD Discussion on Mike Mann’s Facebook Page

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Mike Mann has had a successful career in the domain space, and I  consider him to be one of the more knowledgeable people in the business of domain names. As a result, when he says something interesting or controversial, people will engage, discuss, and sometimes debate him.

According to DomainIQ,  Mike's company (Domain Asset Holdings, LLC) owns hundreds of thousands of domain names, and the vast majority are .com. He has sold a ton of .com domain names (including the BuyDomains business), and he seems to be of the opinion that nothing compares to .com or competes with it.

In the last few days, Mike posted a couple of provocative tweets about new gTLD domain names. The links within the tweets link to his original comments on Facebook, and this has stirred up some debate on his Facebook page in different threads: (more…) → Read More


5 With… Paul Stahura

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Paul StahuraPaul Stahura has had a successful career in the domain business, long before the new gTLD domain names were available. If you aren't familiar with Paul and his career, I think Ron Jackson's article about Paul is a great place to learn more about his background.

Paul is the founder of Enom, which he launched in 1997. Enom went on to become one of the largest domain name registrars in the world, and the company was acquired in 2006. In 2010, Paul co-founded Donuts, and he serves as the company CEO. Donuts operates the largest portfolio of new gTLD extensions, and I think this gives Paul a unique perspective on the new gTLD space as well as the domain industry.

I asked Paul a series of five questions covering topics related to the new gTLD domain names and his company. If you have additional questions you would like Paul to answer, I invite you to post them in the comment section and perhaps he will find some time to answer them.

I appreciate that Paul was willing to be interviewed, and I hope you find the information he → Read More