Centralnic

  • Hires and promotions Donuts, MMX and CentralNic

    … A few gTLD registries have announced changes to senior management positions and new hires over the last several days, so I thought I’d lump them all together into one post. Donuts has appointed a new CEO. Venture capitalist Bruce Jaffe, who’s been on the board as an independent director for about a year, has taken over from founding CEO Paul…

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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

    … million). The new registrar business, which is lead by its $7.5 million Internet.bs acquisition, leaped from £180,000 to £1.8 million (£2.8 million), while its premium name sales business was £1.1 million compared to a negligible £50,000 a year earlier. The company noted in a statement that Google was the first “megabrand” to use a .xyz domain name…

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  • XYZ fighting red tape to serve Chinese customers

    …, to comply with strict local laws on registries, registrars and registrants. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology regulations have been in place for a decade, but it’s only in the last year or so, in light of the new gTLD program, that China has been strictly enforcing them. Anyone in China can buy a domain, but you need a license if you…

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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

    … CentralNic and Right Of The Dot have teamed up to offer a series of geographically themed registrar storefronts for new gTLDs. Under a joint venture, the companies are launching sites such as london.domains, vegas.domains, tokyo.domains and nyc.domains. ROTD, the new gTLD venture launched by Mike Berkens and Monte Cahn, acquired these premium…

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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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  • CentralNic invests $1.5m in mystery gTLD applicant

    … Registry back-end provider CentralNic has stumped up $1.5 million to back a new gTLD applicant in a forthcoming private auction. CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford declined to identify the beneficiary. The company has also not disclosed what stake in the target company it will obtain if it wins the auction. Here’s the entirety of the statement…

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  • CentralNic pays up to $7.5m for Internet.bs

    … CentralNic has acquired the unfortunately named Bahamas-based registrar Internet.bs for up to $7.5 million, in an effort to bolster its registrar business. The deal is for a mixture of cash ($2.7 million), newly issued shares ($2.5 million) and a delayed performance-related payout of up to $2.3 million. CentralNic is best known as a registry…

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