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Directi is #1 in 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies List


According to an article published on LinkedIn yesterday, Directi has been named the #1 company on the 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies in India list. This list is comprised of companies that have offices in India where professionals would most like to work, "based on the actions of LinkedIn’s more than 546 million professionals (over 47 million in India alone)." Here's how the list was determined:

"The Top Companies list is based on the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn members and looks at four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention."

Directi was found by Divyank Turakhia and Bhavin Turakhia, and the company was acquired by Endurance International Group in a 9 figure deal. From what I understand, co-founder Bhavin stayed on board, and I believe he still works with the company. Directi operates a number of domain industry companies such as Big Rock and Radix. The LinkedIn article notes that the global headcount at Directi is "more than 1,500."

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Radix Shares Some Financial Info


Most private companies do not share revenue figures and other internal financial benchmarks. I think many look at the privacy aspect as an advantage of running a privately held business.

This morning, Radix published a press release with some of its financial data. I don't recall seeing other private companies in the domain space share their numbers, so it is a unique bit of insight. As you know, Radix is a privately owned domain registry operator. The company operates nine new gTLD domain extensions, including .Website, .Online, .Host, .Tech, and several others. Here is some of the data Radix shared:

  • $11.7 million in annual revenue, not including December (expected to surpass $12 million)

  • More than 50% of total revenue was contributed by non-premium domain renewals

  • $1.76 million in revenue attributed to premium domains sold and renewed (both via registrar channel and direct)

  • 49.6% of revenue from the US, 14.4% of revenue from Germany, and 7.7% of revenue from China

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Largest New gTLD Sale Reported: Casino.Online Sold for $200k+


According to a tweet from NameBio, the Casino.Online (new gTLD) domain name sold for $201,250 via Sedo. The sale and its price were confirmed via the Sedo domain sale RSS feed. I don't believe Sedo offers payment plans or alternative payment options, so this would likely be an all-cash deal.

According to NameBio, this sale is the largest public sale of a new gTLD domain name. Previously, the sale of 1.XYZ for $181,720 in April of 2016 was the leading new gTLD domain name sale. 9.XYZ, which sold for $175,166 and Sex.Live, which sold for $160,000 rounded out the top 3. This is also the largest .Online sale by quite a bit. The second largest  sale is sportwetten.online, a domain name that sold for $16,318 in October of 2016.  There are only 28 .Online domain name sales archived in NameBio at this time.

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Radix Offers £5000 Prize at TechCrunch Disrupt


One of the ways for registries to get their new extensions in front of a large audience is to sponsor hackathons. Radix is a sponsor of this weekend's TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon in London. As a part of their sponsorship of the event, Radix is awarding a prize of £5000 for the best use of a Radix domain name, including .Tech, .Store, .Online, .Space, .Site, .Host, .Press, and .Website.

Judging from some of the tweets shared by Radix and TechCrunch, there have been quite a few hackers using Radix domain names for their projects. If you want to have a look at some of the others, you can search Twitter for #TCDisrupt or click through to the Radix Twitter feed to see other presentations the company shared.

The winner of the hackathon is a project called The Emotion Journal, which uses a .Online domain name: EmotionJournal.online. You can read more about it on TechCrunch.

Radix Shares Its Q3 Premium Domain Name Sales Report


radix-logoRadix  is a large  new gTLD registry, and the company operates new domain name extensions such as .Website, .Site, .Online, .Store, and several other extensions.

This morning, I was alerted to the fact that Radix is sharing its premium domain name sales report "for the first time ever." The Q3 2016 sale report, which came to me by way of a neat infographic, tallies the number of premium domain names registered, number of premium domain names renewed at a premium price, the top sales, the average sale price, and more information that you can see below.

I was told that Radix's premium domain names are available through two channels: domain registrars and aftermarket venues such as Sedo, Afternic, auction platforms, domain broker listings, and direct sales to customers inquiring about domain names in extensions operated and managed by Radix.

For your convenience, I published the inforgraphic below. You can click on it to see the larger version. Keep in mind that this appears to only be for Q3 2016. Hopefully Radix shares → Read More

.Store in Sunrise


Radix announced that the .Store domain extension is now in its Sunrise stage. This is the period of time where trademark holders can acquire .Store domain names that match their brands and marks. Considering the number of .com domain names that have "Store" in them, I would imagine this is going to be a relatively popular extension.

To help make trademark owners aware of the sunrise period, the registry created an informational video sharing what the Sunrise period means and how trademark owners can reserve their domain names. I think it's a good idea to make trademark owners aware of the sunrise period to reduce the number of cybersquatting instances, which don't benefit anyone.

According to Radix, "On Day 1 of Sunrise itself, .store garnered 150+ requests from brands ranging across product categories like gameofthrones, chopard, nike, walmart, nivea, apple, google etc." This is a start, but hopefully there will be many more brands reserving their trademark domain names. It's crappy that brands have to goto great lengths to → Read More

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