Registry now owns three more new top level domains.
Domain name company Afilias has acquired three top level domain names and plans to acquire many more.
The company announced today that it has acquired StartingDot, the company behind .archi, .bio and .ski. (Learn more about StartingDot and .Ski in this podcast.)
StartingDot has resisted the trend of offering dirt-cheap domain names. GoDaddy is currently charging over $70 for each of StartingDot’s domain names.
.Bio is StartingDot’s most-registered domain name with about 15,000 domain names in the zone.
Afilias hopes to acquire many more top level domain names and has even set up a special email address for top level domain owners to start discussions: WeBuyTLDs@Afilias.INFO.
Unlike many of its registry back-end peers, the company applied for many top level domain names that it now runs. It is making an end-to-end play after acquiring domain name registrar 101Domain.
The registry is in a bit of a precarious position. It receives over $30 million annually for managing the backend services of .org, but that contract has been put out to bid. It tried to raise $100 million in an IPO in 2014, but canceled those plans.