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Bob and Renee Parsons pledge over half of their wealth to charitable causes.
GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons and his wife Renee Parsons have joined The Giving Pledge, an initiative in which wealthy people pledge to give half or more of their wealth to charity.
Parsons’ net worth is estimated at over $1 billion.
The couple has already made a number of seven figure donations, including to veteran causes. For example, he gave $1 million to establish The Bob Parsons Veterans Center at the University of Baltimore. Parsons is a Vietnam veteran and attended the University of Baltimore on the G.I. Bill after returning from Vietnam.
You can read about some of the work of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation on its website.
GoDaddy issues its pricing for jumping the line for Donuts’ domain names.
Last month I wrote about how Donuts was eschewing a traditional “landrush” period for its domain names in favor of a so-called “Early Access Program”.
The Early Access Program (EAP) charges significantly higher prices the earlier you register a domain name.
It was clear at the time that pricing for the program would not be cheap. 101Domain already listed a price of $10,990 for the earliest registrations.
Now we have GoDaddy’s pricing, and it’s not any cheaper. If you want to jump the line, open up your wallet.
Pricing varies slightly between different Donuts domains, but here’s a general idea:
First day pricing: $12,500
Second day pricing: $3,150
Third day pricing: $1,250
Fourth day pricing: $700
Fifth day pricing: $200
Renewal pricing reverts to Donuts’ standard fees.
GoDaddy, Sedo, Frank Schilling’s new TLDs, and a .xxx domain name make the news.
Tired of turkey leftovers yet? Here are some domain name leftovers from last month…the top five stories on Domain Name Wire, ranked by order of views.
1. GoDaddy begins accepting pre-registrations for new TLDs for up to $1,200 each – the world’s largest domain name registrar starts accepting paid pre-registrations for .uno, .menu, luxury, and .build domain names. It isn’t cheap, either.
2. Frank Schilling’s first new top level domain name is live – .tattoo and .sexy are in the root.
3. GoDaddy to end its Sedo domain sales partnership – listings will no longer be syndicated come the end of Q1 2014.
4. David Letterman jokes about Healthcare domain name – David Letterman promotes a parked .xxx page to make fun of Healthcare.gov debacle.
5. Sedo reports continuing decline in domain parking – Revenue keeps dropping thanks to low price competition, Google adjustments, and browser changes.
Panasonic spends $37,000 on domain name for its ToughPad tablets.
GoDaddy and Afternic sold $1.65 million worth of domain names the week before last, including the $37,000 sale of ToughPad.com to Panasonic.
Before jumping into the end user sales list, I’ll make a couple observations:
1. It seems lately I’ve been seeing handful of rehab/drug abuse end user sales on the list each week. You might want to look into these types of domain names.
2. BrandLicensing.com was the steal of the week at only $5,000.
OK, on to the list…
ToughPad.com $37,000 – Electronics giant Panasonic, seller of the ToughBook and Toughpad rugged computing devices. The domain was previously owned by a pet pharmacy company that sold a product for toughening pets’ paw pads.
HealthJobCentral.com $2,800 – AMI Healthcare, Inc, a healthcare company outside of Boston.
NewCricket.com $2,300 – a CSC client, most likely Cricket Communications/LEAP Wireless, which is being acquired by AT&T.
VirtualRecall.com $1,495 – Virtual Recall, a communications company for veterinarians that owns VirtualRecall.co.uk.
ExpoManager.com $2,588 – Magazine Manager, a company that sells software for managing magazine and newspaper businesses. I suspect they’re working on similar software for expos/trade conferences.
ThinkBigMedia.com $1,400 – New York company Think Big Media, which has been using ThinkBigMediaInc.com for its web address.
GopherGuys.com $1,000 – Southern California extermination firm Rodent Guys.
EducationNext.com $3,100 – Education Next, an education journal published out of Harvard. They use the matching .org.
CurtisTrailer.com $1,620 – Curtis Trailers, Inc. in Portland Oregon. They use the plural version CurtisTrailers.com.
BrandLicensing.com $5,000 – Global Icons, a brand licensing firm, bought the category killer domain a great price. They may have also bought BrandLicensingAgency.com for $1,477 (the whois on that domain hasn’t been updated.)
OrlandoTicketStore.com $1,300 – Resort Partners, a travel agency.
SoutheastBroadband.com $1,111 – UK boradband provider that also owns CarnsoreBroadband.com.
AcceleratedRecovery.com $1,250 – Alcohol abuse treatment provider Accelerated Recovery Centers.
EverShield.com $1,990 – Ultratech, which sells products for oil spill containment, stormwater management, and other related products. I assume EverShield will be the name of a new product.
Chairbot.com $2,500 – Wheelchair Cushion Sage, a site that sells wheelchair cushions.
RehabCenterReviews.com, BestRehabCenters.org, BestAddictionTreatments.com $5,000, $3,500, $4,000 – A Forever Recovery Rehabilitation Center in Battlecreek, Michigan.
AutoConnections.com $5,800 – Automotive Media Partners, LLC, which operates auto websites.
Intersped.com $2,000 – Logistics company Intersped Manolesos (UK) Limited, which owns Intersped.co.uk.
A29.com $3,900 – Acts 29, a religious group that owns A29.org.
RumCompany.com $3,000 – Island Company, a clothing company and store.
ConstructionDefects.org $3,000 – The Miller Law Firm, which may have bought it for its own use for lawsuits.
Sedo to lose key domain distribution partner next year.
GoDaddy is ending its domain listing syndication partnership with Sedo as of March 31, 2014.
The partnership enabled domain names listed with Sedo to show up on GoDaddy Auctions as well as in the registration path on GoDaddy.com when a customer searched for a domain listed for sale with Sedo.
The decision comes in the wake of GoDaddy’s acquisition of Sedo’s competitor Afternic in September.
“We’re all in with our vision of the aftermarket, which is Afternic as the single hub of all domains and the registrars just tie in,” said Paul Nicks, GoDaddy Director of Product Development – Aftermarket.
“We believe that a fast transfer system through all the registrars provides the security, the customer experience, and the ease of purchase that’s really necessary to grow the aftermarket,” he said.
Fast transfer refers to the ability of customers to buy aftermarket domain names and have them instantly transferred into their account, regardless of where the domain is registered.
Both Sedo and Afternic have fast transfer services, but GoDaddy never integrated the option. That will change for Afternic now that GoDaddy owns it. The current implementation of Sedo and Afternic on GoDaddy.com involves syndicating sales listings, but the actual domain transfer is a manual process.
When it comes to fast transfer, Afternic has partnerships with more large registrars than Sedo does. According to the company, 18 of the top 20 registrars have agreements with Afternic.
Nicks encouraged customers that want distribution on GoDaddy to list their domain names with Afternic.
Although the decision might drive domain name owners to GoDaddy’s own company to list domain names, removing Sedo inventory will result in a short term aftermarket sales hit for GoDaddy. Nicks said domain sales through the Sedo partnership are “meaningful.”
At this point, GoDaddy does not plan to change its relationship with DomainNameSales.com (DNS). DNS also has a syndication agreement with GoDaddy, but Nicks views the arrangement differently. The average sales price of DNS domains through GoDaddy is above $15,000.
“We’re lining those up to be the high touch point, lead gen and brokerage [model],” he said.
That compares to sales through Afternic and its fast transfer system, which typically have fixed prices under $2,000.