Minds + Machines

  • 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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  • M+M billings quadruple on China .vip surge

    … Minds + Machines this morning said that its billings increased to $8.05 million in the first half of 2016. That’s a 300% increase on the comparable year-ago period, the company said in a preliminary statement to the markets. It added that its domains under management grew from 217,200 at the end of June 2015 to 728,940 a year later. While…

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  • China conference leads to 49% .vip spike

    … The Global Domain Industry Conference, held in China over the weekend, has led to a huge boost in .vip domain sales. Registry Minds + Machines told the markets this morning that the recently launched gTLD hit 404,892 as of 1600 UTC yesterday, up 49% from Friday. CEO Toby Hall confirmed to DI that China is very much behind the spike…

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  • M+M makes $3.2 million in five days from .vip

    … not have to burn funds on marketing to reach end-consumers and achieve outstanding results. He’s referring there primarily to M+M’s ongoing restructuring, which has seen the company ditch its registrar business in favor of a more heavily channel-focused approach. Tweet Tagged: .vip, Minds + Machines, new gTLDs …

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  • SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data

    … lower than SpamHaus’s 82%. Whether you think the 82% metric is fair will depend on whether you think SpamHaus’s sample — about 20% of the full .download zone — is representative. Some of the other TLDs on its list have even smaller sample sizes. Minds + Machines’ .work is ranked #2 on the SpamHaus list with 73.3% badness, based on a SpamHaus-seen…

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  • Krueger’s suit against M+M dropped, for now

    … Former Minds + Machines chair Fred Krueger has dropped his lawsuit against the company, which concerned “missing” shares. M+M announced today that the two parties have signed a “tolling agreement”, which apparently leave the door open for Krueger to re-file the suit at a later date. If he does re-file, the company has agreed to the date…

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  • A third of mayoral candidates using .london domains

    … with a degree of control over the future of .london. While the registry is basically managed by Minds + Machines, the ICANN contract is held by London & Partners, a not-for-profit promotional agency funded by the mayor’s office. The mayor is also a partner in the endeavor. The M+M outsourcing contract was recently renegotiated in light of M+M’s financial woes, but details have not been made available. Tweet Tagged: .london, elections, mayor, Minds + Machines …

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  • M+M turns $22m profit into $10m loss

    … need to essentially double its revenue in order to hit operating profitability, it seems. The company is pinning some of its growth hopes on .vip, which it expects to do well in China. It launches May 18. Hall said in a statement that M+M would not follow the lead of competitors (Famous Four Media springs to mind) by offering first-year…

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  • Nominet has sights set on .org after M+M deal

    … of a handful of companies — which would also include Verisign, Afilias, CNNIC and DENIC — that currently handles zones the size or larger than .org, which at over 10 million names is about the same size as .uk. It, like PIR, is also a not-for-profit entity that donates excess funds to good causes, which could count in its favor. But Haworth told DI…

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  • Krueger sues M+M over five million “missing” shares

    … Agreement” with M+M’s board actively incentivized him to sell all of his shares. It says: In May 2015, Plaintiff Krueger left Minds + Machines Board of Directors under an agreement Plaintiffs Krueger and Needly made with Minds + Machines Group that if Plaintiff Krueger would sell all of his shares in Minds + Machines Group, Minds + Machines Group…

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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

    … Minds + Machines is still pulling in most of its cash from one-time new gTLD auction defeats, according to its latest trading update. The company yesterday reported billings for 2015 of $7.92 million, up from $5.03 million in 2013. But the company brought in $9.15 million by pulling out of private new gTLD auctions, where the winning bid…

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  • Two new gTLD registries open offices in China

    … Portfolio gTLD registries Famous Four Media and Minds + Machines have both announced that they’re formally entering the Chinese market. Both companies are establishing “wholly foreign-owned enterprises” (WFOEs), a form of company that does not require local investment, on the mainland. The moves are aimed at getting the registries’ respective…

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