Minds + Machines

    • 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 Stahura.

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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 and .horse.

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    • 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 into account the way domain rev ...

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

    … The Chinese government has granted licenses to operate in the country to its first tranche of new gTLDs — .vip, .club and .xyz. The agreements mean that Chinese registrars will be able to give their Chinese customers the ability to actually use their domains for web sites. It also means the companies will be obliged to censor domains…

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

    … decision, the six other applicants — Travel Reservations, Famous Four Media, Radix, Minds + Machines, Donuts and Fegistry — have been arguing that the HTLD application should be thrown out due to the actions of Dirk Krischenowski, a former key executive. Krischenowski was found by ICANN to have exploited a misconfiguration in its own applicants’ portal…

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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

    …, 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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  • 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

    … 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

    … Londoners are going to the polls today to select a new mayor so, as a Londoner, I thought I’d check out how many of the candidates are supporting the local domain name. Turns out four of the 12 candidates have registered .london domains for their campaign sites. The four are favorite Sadiq Khan (Labour), Sian Berry (Green), Peter Whittle (UK…

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

    … took over as CEO in February, replacing co-founder Anthony Van Couvering, and announced earlier this month that M+M is dumping its registrar and back-end registry businesses. Its registrar customers have been sold to Uniregistry, and it will outsource its registry back-end to Nominet, to save costs. Salazar said that the two deals will lead to $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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  • Minds + Machines dumps back-end and registrar in Nominet, Uniregistry deals

    … functions for 28 new gTLDs, currently managed in-house, to the .uk ccTLD manager. The deal covers all the gTLDs for which M+M is the contracted party (such as .law, .cooking and .fashion), as well as the four it runs in partnership (eg .london) and the five where it currently acts as back-end for a third party registry (eg .broadway). The company also…

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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

    … 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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