Minds + Machines

    • CIRA becomes first new gTLD back-end since 2012

      CIRA, the Canadian ccTLD manager, has become the first new registry back-end provider to enter the gTLD market since the 2012 application round closed. The company today announced that it has signed Dot Kiwi, operator of .kiwi, as its first client. .kiwi will become the first non-.ca TLD that CIRA runs the back-end for, according to VP of product development Dave Chiswell.

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  • M+M billings quadruple on China .vip surge

    … hit $5.5 million. That’s due to interest from Chinese domain investors, who were courted by M+M during a conference in Beijing. M+M will report its full interims on September 20. Tweet Tagged: earnings, Minds + Machines, mmx …

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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

    … Minds + Machines has billed $3.2 million in .vip domain names sales after the first five days of operation, the company said this morning. It’s already managed to pay off the cost of acquiring the domain at the September 2014 auction, which was $3.1 million. Between 1600 UTC May 17, when .vip went to general availability, and the same time…

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  • SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data

    … SpamHaus has updated its “10 Most Abused Top Level Domains” list to provide a much more useful insight into abuse levels. Rather than simply showing unexplained percentages of “badness” in each TLD, the spam-fighting organization’s daily report now exposes the hard numbers, in domain terms, underneath. For example, on today’s list Famous Four…

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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

    … Minds + Machines today reported a 2015 loss of $10 million and further outlined its “transformative” restructuring and China strategy. It’s the second full year of operating results M+M has posted since its first new gTLDs went live, and they’re not encouraging. Revenue for accounting purposes was $6.3 million, but the cost of sales was $6.2…

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

    … Nominet chief Russell Haworth is hopeful that its new outsourcing deal with Minds + Machines will help it win a much more lucrative back-end contract — .org. The company is among the 20-plus companies that have responded to Public Interest Registry’s request for proposals, as its back-end deal with Afilias comes to an end. Nominet is one…

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

    … Former Minds + Machines chair Fred Krueger has taken the company to court, claiming he’s owed shares worth over half a million dollars. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles this week, Krueger says the shares were promised to him in 2007 but have subsequently gone “missing”. The suit also names as defendants M+M chief financial officer Michael…

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

    … piece this morning may refer to M+M’s go-to-market strategy. Hall told DI this morning that his focus as the company’s new leader is going to be on the registrar channel. “It’s all about engaging with the outside world and recognizing we’re a business-to-business play,” Hall said. “It’s a fundamental shift in perspective.” The strategy “has…

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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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  • 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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  • M+M acquires .boston from Boston Globe

    … reassignment. The ink is still moist on the .boston Registry Agreement, which was signed December 10. The gTLD is officially in pre-delegation testing right now. But the acquisition also means M+M will take over back-end duties for .boston. Originally, the Globe had intended to use OpenRegistry. The gTLD was officially a “geographic” string under…

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