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Today in The Lowdown: Creative people have been pouring into the domain business since day one. Many visionary entrepreneurs did exceptionally well and have leveraged their domain success to launch new enterprises in related fields. That group includes Titan Founder Bhavin Turakhia and Logo.com Founder Richard Lau whose companies have formed a new strategic partnership.

Also inside: Veteran domain broker Andy Booth took the top spots on our latest Top 20 Sales Chart with a nice .com sale and one of the year's biggest ccTLD sales to date. Both reached six figures. We also charted one of the year's six biggest non .com gTLD sales in a very diverse outing for the aftermarket. The top 20 sales were split evenly between .coms and non .coms.

 


The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf

How Dynadot's Todd Han Turned a One Man Show Into One of the World's Fastest Growing Domain Registrars

Todd Han's domain industry journey began over 20 years ago when his mother asked him to build a website for her. She was able to keep the project "in house" because Todd was already a computer whiz who had  graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in computer science and had recently added a Master's degree in CS from Stanford. When Han started looking at the domain registrars from that era he couldn't find any that he liked, so he decided he would just set up one of his own - after all, how hard could it be? 

"The internet was just taking off and I thought I could build a better registrar," Han recalls. "I was young and naive and had no idea what running a business entailed." Todd would spend the next three years as the only employee of his new company. Over the past five years with dozens now on staff and over 100,000 customers around the world, Dynadot has tripled in size, rocketing to 4.5 million domains under management. Here is how he did it. Full Story Here  

Todd Han
Dynadot President & CEO



The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf

The Domain King's Sweetest Deal: How the Sale of GreenRabbit.com Wound Up Putting Over $11 Million in Rick Schwartz's Pocket

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

On Monday October 1, 2023 the Performance Food Group (PFG)  acquired fresh and frozen foods delivery company GreenRabbit.com for an undisclosed price. Whatever the amount was, PFG, a company that has assets valued at $7.8 billion could easily afford it. There is a fascinating domain back story behind this deal. GreenRabbit.com was a new brand adopted by the owners of Candy.com in 2021 when their business services had expanded far beyond the category they had become a power in after acquiring the Candy.com domain from Rick Schwartz back in 2009. 

Being the savvy businessman that he is, Rick, widely known as the Domain King, crafted the Candy.com deal to give him not only $3 million in cash, but also equity in the company that acquired the domain. So, when GreenRabbit was acquired, 14 years after he sold Candy.com,  Rick, who had picked up $1.7 million from a share sale three years ago, collected another $6.8 million, bringing his total take from the domain to over $11 million!  Full Story Here

Rick Schwartz



The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf

Hilco Digital Assets Doubles Firepower with Braden Pollock Joining Andrew Miller at HDA as a Strategic Partner and Stakeholder

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

15 months ago domain consultant and ATM Holdings Founder a new division - Hilco Digital Assets (HDA). The new enterprise hit the ground running, quickly establishing itself as a powerful force in the premium domain space with moves that included a $10 million investment in SquadHelp.com. That funding and Miller's advice helped SquadHelp build and launch their new Ultra Premium Domain Marketplace.  

HDA just doubled their firepower with another big move in welcoming another one of the industry's most highly respected figures, Braden Pollock, on board as a strategic partner and stakeholder. Braden is a long-time investor in both domain names and promising startups. He also owns a world class domain portfolio that HDA will now exclusively represent. Pollock in turn will help put deals together that he and HDA can  jointly invest in.  Full Story Here

Braden Pollock


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