Hello, vertical integration.
Domain name registry Afilias has acquired domain name registrar 101Domain.
Afilias, which manages the .info and .mobi domain names as well as a bunch of new TLDs, now owns a registrar known for carrying every domain name under the sun.
101Domain made a name for itself by carrying just about every domain name, regardless of how challenging their requirements. One of the reasons I quote pricing for new TLDs at 101Domain is because I can be sure they’re carrying it; I don’t have to check a registrar only to find out they don’t have information about it.
101Domain president and CEO Wolfgang Reile is stepping down as part of the acquisition. Long-term COO/CFO Anthony M. Beltran will lead 101Domain operations under Afilias.