GoDaddy vs. Uniregistry – the Great Debate

Uniregistry is increasingly competing with GoDaddy, and stronger competition is good for everybody.

GoDaddy Uniregistry

Increasingly competing with each other for domain investors’ business.

Last week Doron Vermaat, a domain investor who writes the blog DNGeek, wrote a post explaining why he was moving his 600 domain names from GoDaddy to Uniregistry.

His post sparked a lot of comments, including from representatives of the two registrars.

That many of the “which registrar is best?” conversations now mention the relatively young Uniregistry instead of some of the more established registrars is a testament to the company’s aggressive marketing in recent years. It is active at domain conferences and sponsors many domain blogs. (Both Uniregistry and GoDaddy are advertisers on this blog.)

Year after year, the Domain Name Wire survey reveals that security, price and customer service are the most important factors when choosing a registrar. Much of the conversation about which of these registrars is best has focused on this. Click here to continue reading…

GoDaddy: Alleged discriminatory email not authentic

GoDaddy says it didn’t send email calling job applicant an obese Christian.

GoDaddy has formally denied allegations that it sent an email to a job applicant explaining that it wouldn’t hire him because he was an obese Christian. The denial included detailed steps the company took to determine the email wasn’t authentic.

Keith Connolly applied for a job with GoDaddy. He later received a rejection email. In addition to the form rejection email he received, he said the bottom included a forwarded email that read:

about keith he’s great for the job in skills but he looks worse for wear do we really want an obeese christian? is that what our new image requries of us. (sic)

I’ve been skeptical of Connolly’s story from the get go for multiple reasons: Click here to continue reading…

Fred Krueger sells about 1/5th of his stake in Minds + Machines

Former chairman sells 24.5 million shares in three transactions.

Minds + MachinesFormer Minds + Machines chairman Fred Krueger has sold about a fifth of his stake in the new top level domain name company since leaving at the end of last month.

Krueger has sold 24.5 million shares in three transactions, netting him close to £2 million, assuming he sold for just over 8 pence per share. [Update: Minds + Machines announced on 6/10 that Krueger sold another 4 million shares, on 6/11 that he sold 10,750,000 shares and on 6/12 that he sold another 16,500,000 shares.].

When he left the company, Krueger said his goal was to keep the “vast majority” of his shares. Depending on your definition of vast, I’d say he plans/planned to keep at least 60% of his shares. He still has approximately 104 million shares.

Krueger’s share of outstanding shares is fairly nominal. He retains 12.4%8.7% of outstanding shares after the recent disposals.

Tucows’ stock in on fire

Shares up over 50% since May 1.

If you bought shares of Tucows at the opening price on May 1, just a month ago, you’ve already realized a return of a whopping 57%.

Shares in Tucows are on fire on the NASDAQ, where it trades under the ticker TCX.

It’s not entirely clear what’s behind the surge. The company reported earnings on May 7, but the stock didn’t start to surge until a week later. Here are some possible reasons behind the price pop: Click here to continue reading…

.Com winners and losers

Here’s how registrars fared with .com in February.

ICANN has published the latest Verisign .com monthly report, containing data from February.

Let’s start by reviewing which registrars added the most new .com domain name registrations:

1. GoDaddy 912,763*
2. Rightside 203,096**
3. Tucows 106,910
4. PublicDomainRegistry 92,847
5. Network Solutions 62,104

When it comes to companies that won the transfer game, here are the top five registrars with retail operations for February. These numbers are the net gains after taking into consideration transfers-out: Click here to continue reading…