Minds + Machines

  • MMX billings double even as some volumes slide

    … MMX has reported a 100% increase in billings for 2016, despite its number of domains under management dropping in some TLDs. The company, until recently known as Minds + Machines, said billing were $15.8 million in the year to December 31, compared to $7.9 million for in 2015. Billings is an up-front measure of sales growth that does not take…

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  • Now MMX kills off premium renewals

    … Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the premium renewal business model? MMX, aka Minds + Machines today became the latest new gTLD registry to announce it is getting rid of premium renewal fees for all of its premium domain names. The price changes are retroactive to January 6 and affect all MMX gTLDs, such as .beer, .fishing…

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  • 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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  • .xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China

    … the government does not like, but only those domains registered via Chinese registrars. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the licenses, given to the Chinese subsidiaries of Minds + Machines, .CLUB Domains and XYZ.com respectively, today. M+M CEO Toby Hall told DI that it’s “a great moment of support for Chinese registrars…

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  • 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…

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  • .hotel losers gang up to threaten ICANN with legal bills

    …. HTLD won a controversial Community Priority Evaluation in 2014, effectively eliminating all rival applicants, but that decision was challenged in an IRP that ICANN ultimately won. The other applicants think HTLD basically cobbled together a bogus “community” in order to “game” the CPE process and avoid an expensive auction. Since the IRP…

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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

    … 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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