Acquisition

    • XYZ acquires .storage, its 10th gTLD

      XYZ.com said today that it has acquired the half-launched new gTLD .storage from its original owner. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CEO Daniel Negari said in a blog post that it has been funded using some of the “excess of cash flow” from sales of .xyz domains. The original .storage registry was ExtraSpace Storage, which rents out physical storage units in the US.

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    • Key-Systems buys reseller EDC

      Key-Systems has acquired one of its resellers, European Domain Centre. The acquiring registrar did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said EDC will help boost its own BrandShelter corporate registrar business. EDC says it has clients including AirBnB, Campari, Lycamobile, iStockPhoto and BusinessWire.

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    • Web.com in takeover talks – report

      Kevin Murphy, May 26, 2017, 09:06:08 (UTC), Domain Registrars Web.com is in talks to be acquired by private equity firms, according to a report. Reuters reported last night that the registrar said the talks were “early stage” and that there was no guarantee of a deal. Web.com is of course home to Network Solutions, Register.com and is involved in secondary market plays SnapNames and NameJet.

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  • Activist investor says eNom was sold too cheap

    … of the company a year ago. At that time, he called for the company to ditch its “garbage” new gTLD registries in favor of a focus on its higher-margin eNom business. He was supported by Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling, then also a Rightside investor in addition to a competitor. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, cannell, enom, j carlo cannell, rightside, tucows …

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  • Tucows says eNom may be shrinking as Melbourne IT drives 2016 growth

    … and related services. In the fourth quarter, revenue was $30 million for this segment. Of that, $23.1 million came from domains sold via its wholesale network and $3.8 million came from Hover, its retail channel. CEO Elliot Noss noted that the acquisition of the eNom wholesale registrar business from Rightside last month made Tucows easily the second…

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  • Rightside sells eNom to Tucows for $83.5m

    … Tucows is to become “the second largest registrar in the world” by acquiring eNom from Rightside, paying $83.5 million. The deal will give Tucows another 14.5 million domains under management and 28,000 resellers, giving it a total of 29 million DUM and 40,000 resellers. That DUM number, which appears to include ccTLDs, makes Tucows…

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  • NCC sells Open Registry at huge discount

    … it, but the domain itself doesn’t seem to resolve right now. NCC said that €2 million will be paid up front and €1.75 million will be deferred for 18 months. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, artemis, chip, key-systems, keydrive, ncc, open registry, terrain.com, tmch, trust …

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  • Factors in Purchasing a Marketing Automation Platform

    … as implementation, maintenance, testing and optimization costs. As a rule of thumb, we ask our clients to map out their customers’ journeys: Acquisition – For each product and each source of leads, what’s the journey that a prospect takes to become a customer? Include traditional resources, referral resources, and online resources. You’ll be able to see…

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  • Neustar agrees to go private in $2.9 billion deal

    … Struggling infrastructure services firm and domain registry Neustar is set to go private in a $2.9 billion deal. The company, best known for .biz, .co and .us, has agreed to be bought out by a group led by Golden Gate Capital. The $33.50-per-share offer, announced on Wednesday and which Neustar’s board has approved, is a 45% premium over…

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  • Donuts acquires stagnant .irish TLD

    … Donuts has acquired the new gTLD .irish, which is struggling to gain volume after about 18 months on the market. The gTLD was applied for and operated by Dot-Irish LLC, a US company founded by Irish and Northern Irish entrepreneurs. Since going to general availability in June last year, it managed to grow its zone file to a peak of about…

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  • GoDaddy will pay $1.79 billion for HEG in major Euro expansion

    … GoDaddy is to substantially increase the size of its European operation with the $1.79 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group. The market-leading registrar confirmed yesterday earlier reports that it was on track to buy HEG, which counts several big-name British and German registrars among its brands. The deal is worth €1.69 billion ($1.79…

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  • Oracle buys Dyn just weeks after huge attack

    … Oracle has signed a deal to buy DNS services provider Dyn for an undisclosed amount probably in the nine-figure range. The software giant said it plans to integrate Dyn’s services into its existing cloud computing platform. For the moment, existing Dyn customers are unaffected. Dyn provides distributed DNS resolution services mainly…

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  • 10 marketing metrics to master for first-time startup owners

    … your percentage for new web traffic. 9) Click-through rate (CTR) Your click-through rate stems from how many people choose to click on a link you post via social media or through online advertisements. It’s important to track this individual metric because it represents the success of your content’s first impression, according to WordStream. Click…

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  • First dot-brand gTLD to go generic after TLS deal

    …-brand, albeit one that that not yet gone live, being taken over by a portfolio gTLD player. Westerdal said he’s looking for more, similar acquisition opportunities. The gTLD is currently in pre-delegation testing, with no published go-live date. The Guardian had signed a Registry Agreement containing Specification 9. That allows registries…

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  • NamesCon confirms three more shows after being acquired

    … NamesCon says it has booked the venue for three more years of domain name conferences, following its acquisition this week. The conference organizers said today that it has been acquired by 13-year-old German events outfit WorldHostingDays, which usually focuses on the hosting market, for an undisclosed sum. NamesCon said in a press release…

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  • Afilias buys three gTLDs from Starting Dot

    … Registry upstart StartingDot has sold its small portfolio of new gTLDs to Afilias. .archi, .bio and .ski are the three components of the package. While the size of the deal was not disclosed, retail prices and zone file volumes suggest the portfolio probably brings in about $2 million a year in revenue. The biggest seller of the three is .bio…

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  • MarkMonitor to change hands in $3.55 billion deal

    …. The company revealed plans to get rid of the unit last November. Analysts said it was not core to its growth strategy. Thomson Reuters acquired then privately held MarkMonitor for an undisclosed sum in 2012. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, markmonitor, thomson reuters …

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