Google is looking for a couple people to work on its top level domain name program.
Google has posted two job openings related to its new top level domain name plans.
Here’s the description for the Strategic Partner Manager:
Google is launching a domain registry and we are looking for people that are excited about building this new business for Google. Through ICANN’s new generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) program, the Internet will change fundamentally – and Google’s gTLD team will help shape this change. Google has applied to be the registry for 98 new top level domains, ranging from Google brand terms like .google and .chrome to generic domain extensions like .how and .fly. Our Emerging Business Development team plays a critical role in launching and growing this business by managing partnerships with domain registrars who promote and sell our TLDs. In addition, we help define product requirements and identify additional strategic opportunities across the company. As a Strategic Partner Manager, you will build and maintain relationships with many of our top registrar and other strategic partners. Your responsibilities will include analyzing and tracking business performance to identify new opportunities, contributing to the product vision, and resolving business and relationship issues.
In case you thought Google was only going to sell its domain names directly (sans other domain registrars), this job posting seems to put that idea to bed.
Google has 97 applications for top level domain names. Many of them are generics such as .dog and .lol that it plans to offer to the public.
Both jobs are in the San Francisco area.