Domain company plants flag in Texas.
Last month I hinted that a domain name company was on its way to Austin. Now it’s official: domain parking and sales company NameDrive has set up shop in the capital of Texas.
The company has leased space north of Austin, which it is currently readying for move-in. Four employees are already in Austin, with three more on the way. That may grow to 20 by the end of the summer.
NameDrive is the first major domain name company to call Austin home. Parked considered moving its U.S. offices to Austin after Hurricane Katrina, but decided it enjoyed hurricanes and moved to Florida instead. But Austin has a number of companies with killer domain names, such as CreditCards.com.
Although I have nothing confirmed, I’ve also heard that NameDrive is currently testing a “professional grade” parking product. A few big portfolios have been on the new platform with good results, although there’s no information available on NameDrive’s web site about it. Big portfolio owners might want to drop them a note, though.
So Welcome to Austin, NameDrive. Now I have no excuse – there will be a domainer meetup in Austin this year.