A look back at the past year in the domain name business.
Over the past week I released a podcast and five posts covering five big themes in the domain name business in 2014.
I know a lot of people travel or unplug over the holidays, so here’s a summary:
Consolidation continued in the domain name industry in 2014, from blockbusters like .Co selling for more than $100M to smaller deals such as Agreed Escrow. Conditions for further consolidation exist, so stay tuned for more M&A activity in 2015.
New TLDs came onto the scene in 2014, and the domain name industry was abuzz. Awareness among the generic public remains low and will be a key question in 2015.
Domain Theft and Phishing continued, thanks in part to unfortunate ICANN policy regarding verifying whois information.
It was a bad year for domain name stocks, save for Tucows and Endurance. Shares of 7 other companies lost value last year, and 6 of them lost at least 40%.
Short .com domain names remain some of the most popular and valuable domain names.
You can listen to the podcast here.