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  • CIRA becomes first new gTLD back-end since 2012

    …-end market since 2012, in other words. The .kiwi contract was up for grabs due to the fact that Minds + Machines, its original supplier, decided to get out of the back-end business earlier this year. All of M+M’s own stable of gTLDs are being moved to Nominet right now, but customers such as Dot Kiwi were not obliged to follow. Chiswell said…

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  • China conference leads to 49% .vip spike

    …, and that the conference helped raise the profile of .vip. Billings and orders have now hit $5.5 million, up from $3.2 million on May 22, M+M said. That number includes sunrise and premium sales. At GDS, M+M sold eight .vip domains auction for a total of $232,000 before auction commissions, which very likely inspired the spike in base-fee registrations…

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  • Van Couvering ousted from M+M, replaced by PR guy with channel focus

    … Antony Van Couvering has been fired as CEO of Minds + Machines and replaced by someone who was until very recently the company’s agency PR guy. Neither Van Couvering, the company, nor incoming CEO Toby Hall, have disclosed the reason for his ouster. But I suspect the “differences and disagreements” that Van Couvering alluded to in his CircleID…

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  • Windfalls still biggest money-spinner for M+M

    … million, which standard name billings were up 184% at $2.66 million. The company said its registry business ended the year with 278,523 names under management, a 158% increase on year-ago numbers. M+M met or beat its “key performance indicator” targets in terms of average revenue per name (both standard and premium) and sales growth. However…

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  • .boston was a “distraction”, says gTLD seller

    … the Globe’s VP of marketing as saying. The newspaper was acquired by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry in 2013, a year after the .boston application was filed, according to the report. The acquisition, which sees M+M buy 99% the Globe subsidiary in control of the gTLD registry agreement, is subject to ICANN approving the contract reassignment. Related posts: M+M acquires .boston from Boston Globe Google, L’Oreal execs tapped for new gTLD summit OpenRegistry behind 20 new gTLD apps …

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  • M+M acquires .boston from Boston Globe

    … Minds + Machines has added .boston to its stable of geo-gTLDs, buying the contract from the publisher of the Boston Globe newspaper. The company said today that it has acquired 99% of Boston TLD Management, a new company into which the Globe plans to sign over its .boston ICANN contract. The deal is contingent on ICANN approving the contract…

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  • M+M lays off dozens in focus on S&M, promises profit next year

    … operating costs for the loss, but said it has been restructuring to help it return to profit. M+M said its headcount has been reduced from 58 to 44, but that it has added ten jobs in sales and marketing, which seems to indicate at least 24 people recently lost their jobs. The bottom line was also affected by the fact that most of the company’s…

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  • M+M gets $3.5m from two gTLD auctions

    … Minds + Machines secured loser fees totaling $3.5 million from its participation in .art and .data new gTLD auctions, the company disclosed today. It seems .data was auctioned recently. It was a three-applicant string and none of the applicants have yet withdrawn their applications. It seems either Donuts or brand applicant Dish DBS won…

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  • M+M sells net.work for $100,000

    … Minds + Machines has made its first six-figure new gTLD domain sale. The domain net.work was sold in a private deal to business consultancy BearingPoint for $100,000, the company said today. It added that a “significant annual renewal fee” applies. It’s one of 430 premium domains to have been sold in .work, M+M said, since it went to general…

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  • Krueger removed as chair as M+M finally starts seeing some revenue

    … Minds + Machines co-founder Fred Krueger has been kicked out of his job as executive chairman of the company. The news came as the new gTLD registry reported its first full year of results as a proper, revenue-generating company. The company reported revenue of $1.9 million for 2014, compared to $56,000 in 2013. Its report includes a “cash…

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  • FIBA wins .basketball

    … A sport-related new gTLD is going to an official sporting body. FIBA, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, won the right to .basketball after an auction shoot-out with Donuts and Famous Four Media. While FIBA is the official world organizing body for the sport, there’s no plan to place strict restrictions on the gTLD — the application…

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  • Brewers Association backs .beer

    … Continuing its strategy of getting well-known anchor tenants involved in its new gTLD launches, Minds + Machines has recruited the Brewers Association to back its just-launched .beer. The BA represents over 2,300 independent breweries in the US, according to its web site. .beer hit general availability yesterday. Due to delays with ICANN’s zone…

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  • M+M turns profit on the back of gTLD auctions

    … number was £7.1 million ($11.6 million), based on M+M losing eight out of 12 private auctions. The company had £22 million ($36 million) in cash and other current assets on its balance sheet at the end of the period. None of M+M’s big TLDs had launched in the first half, hence the low revenue. Since the half ended, .london has proven successful…

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