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Patent is mostly about whois proxy email services.
The 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.
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 says “It’s Go Time” for IPO.
GoDaddy 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…
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.
MobiLoans.com seems to have purchased MobileLoans.com 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 $ MobileLoans.com 30099 Taking.com 7255 Canan.com 5050 Run.tv 2900 SignatureHealth.com 2300 HNIP.net 2055 Fearsome.com 1600 SVMoms.com 1551 LetJusticeRoll.org 1511 PerfectVacation.com 1418 7456.cc 1100 VHDL.com 966 ThisWorld.com 807 CEMT.org 777 JWF.org 776 TrophyWives.com 760 Jollys.com 689 MyrtleWood.com 646 RPHG.com 619 DayInTheCloud.com 529 VVY.net 511 LongViewInstitute.org 461 LuxuryDesks.com 454 Spicy.tv 442 GlynisSmy.com 360 CDUS.com 298 MOTG.com 290 SimHost.com 285 BGNA.com 210 MedicalInsurancePlans.net 99
Canan.com 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: Fearsome.com + Taking.com.
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 LLLL.com’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, DZPM.com + GQPX.com + JLSQ.com 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: Scroogle.org. 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 Scroogled.com — another anti-Google domain.
Domain Name End $ Domain Name End $ Scroogle.org 17100 LosAngelesPlumbers.com 4261 SCWurl.com 3733 SMTP.net 3550 PCDownloadStation.com 3464 NgorongoroCrater.org 3050 FeelGreat.com 2800 MatterNetwork.com 2500 PropogandaPanda.com 2175 MillionDictionary.com 2125 StopCreditors.com 1725 FXBook.com 1713 TheDateList.com 1461 PressReleaseSpider.com 1385 AsiaPower.com 1358 MyGiving.com 1291 MyUniversalFacts.com 1280 Farm255.com 1261 Cupidtino.com 1251 2244.net 1235 SEOForums.com 1195 Solarise.com 1170 OrganizersDB.org 1125 TPOT.com 1035 Sportaneous.com 1035 SolverFoundation.com 1035 PGEU.org 1009 GorillaArcade.com 1008 CirtyOilsands.org 990 GIAL.com 839 OfficeLetter.com 821 iGlucose.com 810 Avikroy.org 800 TheVoyager.net 741 6TG.com 732 PDASD.org 720 USNiff.com 680 FactorySupply.com 677 HoloLauncher.com 669 GlobalCorruptionReport.org 640 Alyafie.com 611 DZXSW.com 610 ReadingTree.org 610 WorldFootball4u.com 610 ResourcesForAttorneys.com 610 ABCDating.com 600 Fisioterapia.org 600 GamePublic.com 585 RamenRentResumes.com 585 5TF.com 580 FreshCoffee.net 565 IsraeliPalestinianProCon.org 565 WineWiki.com 550 JS6.com 532 Historic.net 530 NiceAir.com 510 Balkanika.com 504 WeLoveToIllustrate.com 502 DZPM.com 501 GaysTubes.com 501 TheOrigins.com 493 YesMusic.com 491 TornadoHockey.com 465 BI0.com 460 PlymouthMosquito.com 450 USBX.com 449 MothersDayFreeCards.com 449 KindnessGrewUp.com 447 ChicagoMomsBlog.com 445 AWORK.com 441 PaulFestival.org 440 PlayTeam.com 435 BestMothersDayCrafts.com 426 BookFetish.org 415 OpportunityAwaits.com 410 MothersDayArts.com 405 PublishingWorks.com 403 MRXW.com 401 Aawaaart.com 395 Chimed.com 384 EIEI.cc 360 97098.com 351 Kuntu.org 351 PrimeBacklinks.com 345 OrangeApple.com 330 Aragia.com 310 eFlick.com 306 MNTrees.org 306 ListingLTD.com 305 NewSpirituality.org 305 GQPX.com 300 LightningRifle.com 293 InsuranceDen.com 275 MobileHealthExpo.com 275 08998.com 272 MediaSoul.com 271 BarbadosMaxwellBeachVillas.com 271 7866.cc 261 UnmadeInChina.com 260 BinaryOptionsComplete.com 256 688881.com 245 15138.com 237 VPSI.org 235 CoffeCorner.com 230 WebDive.com 220 ObsoleteTheBook.com 205 Oooooouch.com 200 AndyGriffithShow.net 183 YJX.org 135 BlueWaterFilmFestival.com 126 InsideForex.com 100 JustPrice.org 80 CoverYourCough.com 47 Apples-N-Oranges.com 35
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. BookFetish.org versus ObsoleteTheBook.com. $230 wasted on misspelled “coffe”. Ooooooouch.com! ($200) We’ve also got Andy Griffith, tornado hockey, a lightning rifle unmade in China, and oxymorons such as OrangeApple.com and MediaSoul.com.
My favorites were FeelGreat.com, OpportunityAwaits.com, Historic.net, Balkanika.com, FactorySupply.com, Solarise.com, YesMusic.com, and Chimed.com. Maybe the best deal was InsideForex.com at $100 — much cheaper than the $1713 paid for FXBook.com.
Now for next week … Interweb.com is sure to get some notice. I’m also curious about TheVillas.com, given the “Villas” brand portfolio Andrew Allemann has documented.
Domain Name Venue Domain Name Venue AuctionBlowouts.com NJ Pre BlazeOfGlory.com NJ Pre Carlo.com NJ Pre CityCrawl.com NJ Pre ComQueen.com GD DailyKick.com NJ Pre DivorceLaw.net NJ Pre Dorkies.com NJ Pre ExtremeTraining.com NJ Pre EZTI.com GD FreeCreditReport.net NJ Pre FreshGo.com GD FXFF.com GD GrantArchives.com GD Grisham.com GD HardOfHearing.com NJ Pre Henriksen.com GD HolidayProperties.com NJ Pre IndoorTrack.com NJ Pre Interweb.com GD LabQuest.com GD MedicalInfo.com NJ Pre MerchantCard.com NJ Pre NameHeat.com NJ Pre NoContact.com GD NoLimits.org NJ Pre OCH.com GD Penner.com GD QTC.org NJ Pre Quinine.com GD RAU.com GD RawFoodRestaurants.com NJ Pre SciLine.com GD Shave.net NJ Pre ShootersBible.com PD SiteForRent.com NJ Pre SiteGauge.com GD SmartPhone.net GD TheVillas.com NJ Pre TodaysQuestions.com GD UAUU.com NJ Pre Vagoneta.net GD VeganFoods.com NJ Pre VegetarianGuide.com NJ Pre VLG.net PD Waibo.com NJ Pre ZIY.org NJ Pre Zozos.com NJ Pre
Waibo.com is also very important. In case you didn’t know, Weibo.com (with an “e”) is a Chinese website ranked #17 in Alexa.
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.)
Compounding.com $25,000 – Pharmacy compounding company Medisca.
Quina.org $3,688 – Lottoland in Gibraltar Quina is the name of a lottery in Brazil.
RenovatingForProfit.com $4,000 – The owner of renovatingforprofit.com.au went global.
Datisfy.com $1,800 – Datisfy Inc in Toronto.
PaperStream.com $1,000 – Fujitsu, which launched an “intelligent image enhancement driver” called PaperStream last year.
GTHLaw.com $2,650 – A California law firm currently using the domain GTLAttorneys.com
GreenPC.com $1,388 – Greenpc S.A., an IT recycling company that owns the matching .lu domain name.
SafeBee.com $3,600 – Mother Nature Network. It writes about bees a lot.
HRNation.com $4,999 – California Chamber of Commerce, which has a human resources service called HR California.
Ecowork.com $2,500 – Ecowork Inc. in Taiwan. It uses the matching .com.tw domain name.
FluShotUSA.com $3,125 – Passport Health, a travel immunization company with clinics across the U.S.
OurDentalOffice.com $1,500 – City Place Dental in Silver Spring, Maryland.
QIHotels.com $1,800 – Real estate and resort company Castlewood Group Pte.
BackToWork.org $1,035 – Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
LegacyRemodeling.com $2,000 – Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh. They use the domain LegacyRemodel.com.
ThreadLogic.com $1,525 – Thread Logic, a custom ebmroidery company, dropped the hyphen from Thread-Logic.com.
Dubuisson.com $1,000 – Beer company Brasserie Dubuisson
ReligiousEducation.com $1,588 – Creative Ministry Resources, a web development group that caters to the Catholic market.
Edicia.com $3,300 – EDICIA, which appears to offer security services. They own the matching .FR.