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  • GoDaddy gets patent for “Domain name hijack protection”

    1. BY - Jun 10, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Patent is mostly about whois proxy email services.

    USPTOThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 8,751,685 (pdf) to GoDaddy for “Domain name hijack protection”.

    The patent, applied for in 2010, is actually a divisional patent of an application I wrote about in 2008. The earlier patent application hasn’t been granted yet.

    The majority of the patent is about whois proxy services (e.g. DomainsByProxy) rather than domain theft prevent; It’s a divisional and continuation patent to a number of proxy related patents GoDaddy has filed.

    As for “domain hijack protection”, the patent describes a way of blocking transfer requests sent by email. Although the language isn’t quite clear, it sounds like the patent is describing the old way of transferring a domain name: the losing registrar would send a confirmation email to the registrant and the registrant had to click a link in that email to accept the transfer.

    The patent suggests that a whois proxy service could stop that transfer notice from ever reaching the domain owner, thus preventing an unwanted transfer.

    Of course, clicking a link in an email to confirm a transfer is no longer required. It’s the opposite, in fact. Now an email is sent to the domain owner informing them of the transfer. The transfer will go through if they do nothing. Blocking a transfer email from reaching the domain owner would be a bad thing.

    As of the end of March, GoDaddy had 127 issued patents and 176 pending, according to the S-1 statement if filed yesterday.

  • 8 Things We Learned from GoDaddy’s IPO filing

    1. BY - Jun 09, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    GoDaddy filed its S-1 today to go public. I’ve skimmed the 250 pages to compile these seven data points that weren’t previously known.

    1. GoDaddy has a lot of customers: 11.548M, to be exact.

    2. The company had 2013 revenue of $1.13B. It breaks down like this: $672M from domains (and add-ons like privacy), $381M from hosting and $77M from business apps. Oh, and 24% of the revenue comes from its Customer Service reps selling to customers.

    3. Its GAAP loss was $199.9M last year, but its adjusted profit was a positive $199.0 million.

    4. GoDaddy paid $94.48M in cash for hosting company Media Temple last year.

    5. We don’t know how much it paid to buy Afternic last year. The company grouped its four acquisitions last year (other than Media Temple) into one group in the filing, stating that it paid close to $70 million in cash and equities for the lot. The only hint at Afternic’s size is that GoDaddy paid about $2.1 million in third party commissions last quarter to Afternic partners.

    6. It paid $17.8 million cash plus $1.9M equity to acquire Outright in 2012.

    7. Bob Parsons told me he was the largest single shareholder after the private equity deal, and that’s still the case. By ten basis points. Parsons owns 28.1% of the company. Investors KKR and Silverlake own 28.0%.

    8. New(ish) CEO Blake Irving gets paid a $1 million salary with a target bonus that doubles that. Throw in the value of options and his total pay package is over $10 million.

  • GoDaddy files to go public (again)

    1. BY - Jun 09, 2014
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    GoDaddy says “It’s Go Time” for IPO.

    GoDaddyGoDaddy has filed its S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    This will be the company’s second attempt at an initial public offering. It originally filed to go public in 2006, but later shelved its plans.

    The company found another way to exit in 2011 when it found an investor in KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures.

    Parsons remained the individual single shareholder in the company after the investment.

    The company brought in ex-Yahoo and Microsoft exec Blake Irving as CEO at the beginning of last year.

    More to come…

  • EDR: A look at 150 expired domain name auctions from the past week

    1. BY - Jun 05, 2014
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    This week’s Expired Domain Report from Joseph Peterson has close to 150 expired domain name auctions from last week. As always, some of the prices paid are head-scratchers.

    One thing organizations are good at … is dropping the ball.  Take this week’s top-selling expired domain auction, for instance. seems to have purchased in December, 2011.  Last April, the domain expired; and now NameJet has sold it for a whopping $30k.  Although there were 126 bids from 56 bidders, only two were competing beyond $6,500.  My hunch is that MobiLoans, LLC, found itself bidding against someone who wanted to sell their former domain back to them for even more than $30k.

    But that wasn’t the only expired auction at NameJet last week:

    Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ 30099 7255 5050 2900 2300 2055 1600 1551 1511 1418 1100 966 807 777 776 760 689 646 619 529 511 461 454 442 360 298 290 285 210 99 has a surprising number of end users for a domain I first interpreted as a typo for the Biblical land of milk and honey.  It’s a Turkish TV show, a law firm, a Gaelic language service / graphic design agency (rolled into one), a photographer, and the Christian Association of Nigerian Americans.

    Those are some aggressive dictionary words: +

    Notice the LLLL .NET for $2k … an LLLL and LLL .ORG within $1 of each other at $777 … an NNNN .CC over $1k … and 4 LLLL .COMs between $210 and $966.  Short domains have had a good week.

    At GoDaddy, I could barely take a step without tripping over LLLL .COMs with active bidding.  Selecting domains based on their mid-auction bids, I ended up with 255 / 802 = 32% domains that happened to be 4-letter .COMs this week.  That’s unusual.

    My lists are never comprehensive — meaning they leave out whatever I don’t look at.  Some auctions become active while I’m not paying attention; and I miss those.  Even so, my sampling turned up 5 LLLL .COMs at GoDaddy that sold in the $401 – $1035 range, another 28 from $150 – $307, and 54 more above $100.  The top 100 of those’s had a median price of $115 and a mean of $163.

    For the most part, these weren’t CVCV’s or domains following other patterns beloved by domainers.  On the contrary, + + surpassed $1000 between them.  That too is unusual.

    Normally, if someone suddenly dumps a large inventory on the market, prices are diluted.  Instead I saw an increase in quantity of domains, an increase in bids, and an increase in prices.  Some of you probably noticed the same phenomena.

    GoDaddy’s big sale, however, was an anti-Google domain:  Raymond Hackney pointed out earlier this week that the domain was once an ad-free Google alternative, relinquished by the owner due to DDOS attacks, among other things.  I have wondered whether the auction might have been a bidding war between Google and Microsoft, since the latter operates — another anti-Google domain.

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    What have we got here?  A $4k plumber domain that wasn’t .PLUMBING.   Three Mother’s Day domains between $405 and $449, two of which were 4 words long. versus  $230 wasted on misspelled “coffe”.!  ($200)  We’ve also got Andy Griffith, tornado hockey, a lightning rifle unmade in China, and oxymorons such as and

    My favorites were,,,,,,, and  Maybe the best deal was at $100 — much cheaper than the $1713 paid for

    Now for next week … is sure to get some notice.  I’m also curious about, given the “Villas” brand portfolio Andrew Allemann has documented.

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  • What domain names Fujitsu and 18 others bought last week

    1. BY - Jun 04, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    19 end user domain name sales from GoDaddy/Afternic.

    Fujitsu finally got around to buying a domain to match a brand it launched last year. Here are details on that sale and 18 other end user sales that took place at GoDaddy/Afternic last week. (See previous end user lists here.) $25,000 – Pharmacy compounding company Medisca. $3,688 – Lottoland in Gibraltar Quina is the name of a lottery in Brazil. $4,000 – The owner of went global. $1,800 – Datisfy Inc in Toronto. $1,000 – Fujitsu, which launched an “intelligent image enhancement driver” called PaperStream last year. $2,650 – A California law firm currently using the domain $1,388 – Greenpc S.A., an IT recycling company that owns the matching .lu domain name. $3,600 – Mother Nature Network. It writes about bees a lot. $4,999 – California Chamber of Commerce, which has a human resources service called HR California. $2,500 – Ecowork Inc. in Taiwan. It uses the matching domain name. $3,125 – Passport Health, a travel immunization company with clinics across the U.S. $1,500 – City Place Dental in Silver Spring, Maryland. $1,800 – Real estate and resort company Castlewood Group Pte. $1,035 – Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management $2,000 – Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh. They use the domain $1,525 – Thread Logic, a custom ebmroidery company, dropped the hyphen from $1,000 – Beer company Brasserie Dubuisson $1,588 – Creative Ministry Resources, a web development group that caters to the Catholic market. $3,300 – EDICIA, which appears to offer security services. They own the matching .FR.