GoDaddy continues to gobble up large domain name portfolios.
Just a week after completing a deal to acquire Donuts’ portfolio of about 200,000 domain names, GoDaddy appears to have purchased legendary domain investor Kevin Ham’s domain name portfolio, or at least part of it.
I detected a large number of domain names transferring to GoDaddy today and they all lead back to companies Kevin Ham has been associated with. The domain names were previously under Whois privacy at Uniregistry, and many of them have previously promoted that they are available for purchase through Mark.com, a broker service associated with Ham.
Kevin was profiled in a Business 2.0 story “The Man Who Owns the Internet”. I have reached out to people at Kevin’s company to confirm.
GoDaddy has acquired a handful of large portfolios in recent years. They have effectively bought out some of the largest domain name investors, including Michael Berkens. Their goal is usually to take portfolios that weren’t marketed through syndicated listings at Buy Now prices and increasing their sales velocity by setting reasonable prices in the Afternic distributed system.