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125 people to attend DNSeattle on Thursday

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Off to Seattle, the center of the domain name universe. 125 people from the domain name industry are expected to attend the sold-out DNSeattle meetup at Amazon.com’s headquarters on Thursday evening. The event is organized by Michael Cyger of DomainSherpa. This year’s meetup is from 6-9 PM on Thursday and features an interview with domain […]
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Blockchain and Common Law Trademarks – DNW Podcast #137

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: A unique service using blockchain wants to help companies prove their rights in common law trademarks. Is the blockchain the answer to proving common law use of trademarks? Bennett Collen, founder of Cognate, is banking on it. Billed as a “common law trademark registry”, it will be interesting to see if Cognate can assist people […]
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The accidentally successful top level domain names

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Is there a lesson for new TLDs in the success of .io and .ly? Over the weekend I was listening to last week’s DNW Podcast again and thinking about Mike Carson’s thoughts on ccTLDs that have taken off compared to new TLDs. One thing struck me as I thought about this: some of the most […]
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.NYC tech domain name auction brings in $29,000

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Web.nyc pulls in highest bid in latest auction of .NYC domain name.s .NYC held an auction of technology and entrepreneur-themed domain names on SnapNames that concluded yesterday. The headline result was quite a bit lower than previous auctions. 18 domain names sold for a total of $28,872, led by Web.nyc for $8,638. This compares to […]
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You’re not Rick Schwartz. So don’t try to emulate him.

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Your own circumstances probably don’t align with the most successful domain name investors. This isn’t an article picking on domain name investor Rick Schwartz. I’m just going to use him as an example. Rick has made a lot of money investing in domain names. He got in early, kept the faith, and has a negotiating […]
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A look at .Art after one week

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Here are some interesting observations about the .art top level domain. The .art top level domain name launched in general availability a week ago on Wednesday. I downloaded the zone file today to get a better understanding of how it’s doing and what types of domains are being registered. The backdrop to this is that […]
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22 end user domain names sales from the past week

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Domains purchased by a jingles creator, an exam prep app, and a clean tech company. It was a good week for end user domain name sales at Sedo. I was able to uncover 22 sales of $2,000 or more to end users. (There are always more than I uncover because some are still in escrow […]
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ICANN published its tax return and here’s what we learned

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Tax return for year ending June 2016 shows growing compensation. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) just published its tax return (pdf) for the financial year ending June 2016. Here are some takeaways. Revenues exceed expenses by $57 million, and net assets grew to $334 million. 14 employees had total compensation of at […]
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Name Ninja turns four, celebrates 200th project

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Domain buyer broker completes 200th brokering project. Domain name consulting firm Name Ninja turns four this week and is marking a deal milestone. The company, founded by Bill Sweetman, just completed its 200th brokering project. Name Ninja focuses almost exclusively on domain buyer broker projects. It helps startups and large companies get the domain name […]
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.NYC and GreatDomains auctions end this week

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Auctions on SnapNames and Sedo conclude later this week. Two online domain name auctions end this week. On Thursday, .NYC’s tech-themed auction ends on SnapNames. None of the 26 domains in the auction have bids yet, but I expect lots of activity to take place this week. The last time .NYC held an auction on […]
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