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.Ceo and .best to release 1 and 2 character domains

February 10th, 2017 Comments off

Cameron Bale from dropped me a note to let me know that the .Ceo and .best registries will be releasing 1 and 2 character names on Feb 20, 2017. When you click the google docs link it will show you pricing. Releasing 2 Char domains Releasing over 30,000 Reserved Names Reducing the prices of […]

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As Many As 5K .Com’s Taken Away By Sealed Court Order By Verisign Including Some Of Mine

October 2nd, 2014 Comments off
Overnight I received a notice that several domain names I owned were transferred by a sealed court from Verisign without notice and of course without the court order. The domain names just were transferred by Verisign to another domain and are now listed for sale at another marketplace. Another domainer sent me an identical notice […]

Dot.CEO Puts Out Some Stats – $170,000 in Retail Revenue – 1023 Registrations

May 1st, 2014 Comments off

The people behind Dot.Ceo put out some stats to show how things are going so far. They claim $170,000 in retail revenue.


The Stats

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Over 50 Premium names sold at $500 – $5,000 per year 

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Registrations by Registrar Type
Day 10 post GA

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Day 30
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Freshbooks becomes Cloud Accounting, forgets to buy domain?

August 21st, 2012 Comments off

Freshbooks just sent out an announcement from their CEO Mike McDerment to their clients – which include my own company (DomainCocoon). The company will become “Cloud Accounting” – there’s just one little snag. The domain is already owned by an accountant in London. Of course he noticed the name change as well.

So here’s the news: from this day forward, FreshBooks is Cloud Accounting. We’ve taken notice of what you are saying and we’re changing the way we talk about ourselves so it is more consistent with how you talk about FreshBooks. We’ve also taken notice of how your needs have changed. And while we have a culture of “show, not tell” at FreshBooks, I will share that our transition to “cloud” will deliver against some of your emerging needs and reinforce the “accounting” component of our evolution.

Read the full announcement here on the Freshbooks blog.

Do you think Freshbooks should have attempted to buy the domain name first? At the moment it appears to be just a tagline (it was “online invoicing” before), but even then, should they not try to do the domain name? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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Debra Domeyer named CEO of, Scott Morrow to leave the company

March 2nd, 2012 Comments off

According to a press release just issued by, Scott Morrow left the company and Debra Domeyer was named CEO. Scott Morrow and Debra Domeyer were just named co-CEOs on January 30th of this year. Debra was CTO of since 2008. According to the press release Scott Morrow “has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests.” Just at the DOMAINfest Global in Santa Monica, which ended February 2nd the two were introduced to the press as co-CEOs.


Los Angeles, California. March 2, 2012., which operates one of the largest internet traffic monetization networks in the world, has appointed its Co-CEO Debra Domeyer as Chief Executive Officer. To facilitate the transition into her expanded role as CEO, Debra will be handing over her duties as’s Chief Technology Officer to an executive yet to be hired. She became CTO of in 2008 and continued to hold the position after recently stepping into the role of Co-CEO.

Debra has over twenty five years of experience in technology. Prior to joining Oversee, she was the Chief Technology Officer at Internet Brands (INET). She has served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pacific Gas & Electric Energy Services and was Vice President of Information Systems for the Times Mirror Company. Debra was named one of the top 25 CTOs by InfoWorld Magazine and listed in the ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT leaders.

“Debra’s appointment as CEO reaffirms the company’s commitment to technology and innovation,” said Lawrence Ng, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of “Technology has been a key competitive advantage in helping Oversee become a leader in traffic monetization and online consumer lead generation. And it will continue to be an essential part of Oversee’s plans to expand its traffic network and grow its lead generation businesses in the travel, consumer finance and online shopping verticals.”

Scott Morrow, who had been Co-CEO with Debra, has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests.

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Tim Schumacher To Resign as Sedo’s CEO

December 5th, 2011 Comments off

Sedo co-founder Tim Schumacher to resign as CEO and transition to board of directors, Tobias Flaitz to become new CEO

Cologne, Germany: The board of Sedo Holding AG has named Tobias Flaitz as the new CEO of Sedo. On February 1, 2012, he will succeed Sedo’s current CEO and co-founder, Tim Schumacher, who’s transitioning to the board of Directors.

Tim SchumacherTim Schumacher co-founded Sedo in 2001, together with Marius Würzner, Ulrich Essmann and Ulrich Priesner. He led Sedo to become the world’s preeminent domain trading and parking platform. In 2007, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young Germany. In 2009, he became CEO of Sedo Holding AG, which is comprised of Sedo’s domain business and ‘affilinet’, one of Europe’s leading affiliate marketing platforms.

Tobias Flaitz

Incoming CEO, Tobias Flaitz, has more than 13 years of professional experience including eight years in strategic business consulting and five at Burda, one of Germany’s leading media companies. He holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (Stuttgart, Germany and Seville, Spain) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and Berkeley, USA.

“On behalf of the supervisory board, I would like to thank Tim Schumacher for the excellent and trusted cooperation over the past eleven years, for his passion and the great accomplishments he has attained for the company. He founded and led Sedo from being a start-up to the world’s largest marketplace for domains and the leading domain parking company,” said Michael Scheeren, Chairman of the board. “We are looking forward to the continued cooperation with Tim Schumacher as a member of the board. With Tobias Flaitz, we are very happy to appoint a renowned Internet executive who brings multi-year experience in consulting and process optimization and will drive Sedo’s further expansion during the coming years.”

[via Press Release]

Disclaimer: DNN’s Frank Michlick is a consultant for Sedo for DomainCocoon.

(c) 2011 (7)

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CEO Rod Beckstrom to Leave ICANN in 2012

August 17th, 2011 Comments off

As first announced by ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom himself via twitter and then confirmed by a press release by ICANN (PDF), Beckstrom will step down at the end of his 3 year contract at the end June 2012.

In the note on Twitter, Beckstrom wrote:

I have decided to wrap up my service at ICANN July 2012. Press release soon

Apparently emphasizing that it was his decision to leave and even the press release makes a significant effort to show Beckstrom’s achievements for items that were completed during his term.. He will leave ICANN after the first application window for new gTLDs, but before the first new gTLDs become operational.

Kieren McCarthy has a different perspective on the departure with some inside knowledge, as he used to work for the not-for-profit: ICANN fires its CEO

See the full text of the press release after the jump.

August 16, 2011
Rod Beckstrom will continue to fulfill his term as ICANN’s President and CEO, which will be completed on 1 July 2012. He has held this position since 1 July 2009.

“I am incredibly proud of ICANN’s achievements throughout my tenure,” said Beckstrom. “In two short years we have advanced this organization to a new level of professionalism and productivity, and turned it into a genuinely multinational organization that will serve the world community long after my time here.”

Beckstrom has had many notable accomplishments [PDF, 147 KB] at ICANN. They include the negotiation and signing of the Affirmation of Commitments, the historic 2009 agreement with the US Government that moved ICANN’s oversight from one government to the world, and the signing of the Internet’s root with DNSSEC. The introduction of internationalized domain names under his watch has allowed millions of Internet users to access the Internet entirely in their primary language script.
“I can summarize my time here in four words: strong execution, great teambuilding,” he said. “We have built a world-class executive team, and elevated ICANN’s stature through strategic relationships with governments, businesses, top technology firms and international organizations.”

A program to launch new generic top-level domains – a major change to the domain name system – was approved in June and will launch in the next year. ICANN’s agreement with the US government – the IANA functions contract – expires in March, and Beckstrom emphasized his commitment to bring the contract renewal to a successful conclusion.

Steve Crocker, Chair of ICANN’s Board of Directors, said: “The Board of Directors fully supports Rod through the completion of his July 2012 term and is committed to continuing the collaboration that has produced so many benefits for ICANN and for the global Internet.”

Beckstrom continued: “I remain committed to leading this critical organization with the utmost dedication, and to living up to our common vision: One world, one Internet.”

The .ORG Registry, PIR, Names Brian Cute CEO

January 14th, 2011 Comments off

Brian Cute.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) — manager of the world’s third largest generic top-level domain — today appointed Mr. Brian Cute as chief executive officer. With more than 12 years of experience in the Internet and communications industry, Mr. Cute will assume his leadership position on February 1, 2011.

Prior to joining PIR, Mr. Cute served as vice president of discovery services for Afilias, the registry operator for the .ORG domain. Cute had management positions in both a leading domain name registrar, Network Solutions, as director of policy, and a leading registry, Verisign, as vice president of government relations until 2003. He has led initiatives on wait-list service, private domain registrations, the elimination of Bulk WHOIS, and numerous other ICANN policy matters.

“As Chairman of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team at ICANN, Brian has constructively advanced the ongoing debate of getting the Internet industry to function more explicitly and effectively. We at PIR are pleased to have him on board, and we look confidently towards a future in which PIR will continue to step up in the public interest.“said Maarten Botterman, chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer.

Cute is replacing Alexa Raad, who had resigned from this position last year effective September 24th, 2010.

[via Press Release]

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.ORG Registry CEO/President Alexa Raad Resigns

August 26th, 2010 Comments off

As announced by the .ORG registry, Public Interest Registry, Alexa Raad has resigned as President and CEO, effective September 24th, 2010. She was with the registry operator for 3 1/2 years.

The Board has initiated a search committee for the next CEO. In the meanwhile, Mr. Botterman will step in as Interim CEO following Ms. Raad’s departure.

(c) 2010

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