Centralnic

  • CentralNic says revenue more than doubled in 2016

    … revenue — mainly domain registrations — now account for about 80% of revenue. CentralNic has about a third of the new gTLD back-end market, primarily because it’s the provider for .xyz’s millions of cheapo registrations. In its statement, it said it hopes to focus on growing more in China, where clients including .xyz were recently licensed…

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  • Hires and promotions Donuts, MMX and CentralNic

    … on being called MMX — today announced that it has poached former Sedo chief sales officer Solomon Amoako to head up channel management as a VP. Amoako has also held positions with Rightside and Tucows. He’s tasked with broadening MMX’s distribution channel in the Americas and Europe. Finally, CentralNic announced last week that it’s shipping…

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  • Famous Four exec moves to CentralNic

    …Famous Four Media has lost its chief marketing officer to CentralNic. Andy Churley joined the London-based registry services provider as group marketing manager this month, according to press release. He’s been with FFM for the first few years of its entry into the gTLD game, overseeing the launches of cheap TLDs such as .science, .download […] Related posts: CentralNic to swell with $24m Instra buy CentralNic gets its foot in the door as Famous Four back-end CentralNic pays up to $7.5m for Internet.bs …

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  • Verisign loses .art contract to CentralNic

    … CentralNic has been awarded the back-end contract for the forthcoming .art gTLD, usurping Verisign from the role. UK Creative Ideas, which bought .art at a private auction for an undisclosed sum a year ago, appointed the company its “exclusive registry service provider”, CentralNic said. UKCI’s original .art application named Verisign as its…

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  • CentralNic doing okay out of new gTLDs

    … wholesale clients — Customer A and Customer B — that each brought in more than 10% of its revenue. The company identified as “Customer A” — which I would expect to be XYZ.com — brought in revenue of just £393,000, despite it ending the year with about 1.7 million domains in its zone file. If CentralNic were charging per domain, we’d be looking…

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  • XYZ settles Verisign’s back-end switcheroo lawsuit

    … XYZ.com has settled a lawsuit filed against it against Verisign stemming from XYZ’s acquisition of .theatre, .security and .protection. Verisign sued the new gTLD registry operator for “interfering” with its back-end contracts with the previous owners last August, as part of its campaign to compete against new gTLDs in the courtroom. XYZ had…

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  • CentralNic to swell with $24m Instra buy

    … CentralNic is set to grow revenue by almost three quarters buy acquiring Australian registrar Instra for $23.7 million. The acquisition is for AUD 33 million, AUD 30 million of which will be in cash. CentralNic plans to raise £10 million ($15 million) with a share placement to help fund the deal. “This acquisition will grow our current…

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  • Retail sales see CentralNic over double revenue

    … CentralNic saw a huge 171% increase in revenue and a tripling of billings in the first half of the year, based on its newly acquired retail business and the sale of premium names. For the six months to the end of June, the London-based firm saw revenue of £4.4 million ($6.8 million) compared to £1.6 million ($2.5 million) a year earlier…

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  • XYZ fighting red tape to serve Chinese customers

    … XYZ.com is trying to become one of the first non-Chinese gTLD registries to be able to sell unhindered into the Chinese market, in the face of Draconian government regulations. The company has filed a Registry Services Evaluation Process request with ICANN — the first of its kind — that would let it use a gateway service, based in China…

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  • No, CentralNic isn’t the biggest new gTLD back-end

    … CentralNic’s registry back-end business may have got a big boost by last week’s news that Google has adopted a .xyz domain for its new parent, but it is not yet the biggest back-end provider. That honor still belongs to Rightside, which currently leads CentralNic by a few hundred thousand names, according to zone files. When Google started…

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  • CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains

    … CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names. The sales appear to be of “non-core” names unrelated to its registry business that the company has been sitting on for a while, rather than names that it has reserved in its own subdomains and new gTLDs for which it acts as back-end…

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  • ROTD lends geo names to CentralNic registrar push

    … domains from Donuts during the .domains Early Access Period. The second level strings all match the third-party geo-gTLDs that will be offered via these sites. Another 12 will be launched before the end of the year, the companies said. CentralNic, best known as a registry, will provide the back-end for the site, as part of its push…

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  • Accent wins .tickets auction after $1.6m CentralNic investment

    … Accent Media, one of four applicants for .tickets, has won the new gTLD at auction after receiving a $1.62 million investment from CentralNic. As part of the deal, Accent has dumped Afilias as its back-end provider and will switch to CentralNic instead. Competing applicants Donuts, Famous Four Media, Shubert Internet and Tickets TLD are now…

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