Rightside

  • Hammock swings from Rightside to MarkMonitor

    … Statton Hammock has joined brand protection registrar MarkMonitor as its new vice president of global policy and industry development. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs at Rightside, the portfolio gTLD registry that got acquired by Donuts in July. He spent four years there. The new gig sounds like a broad brief…

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  • Tucows revenue rockets after Enom buy

    … million in 2016 to $84.2 million this year. Net income for the quarter was up 29% at $5.2 million. Enom, which Tucows bought from Rightside for $76.7 million earlier this year, now accounts for a little under half of Tucows’ wholesale domains business, the larger portion going through its OpenSRS channel. Sales from Tucows’ premium portfolio rose to $968,000 from $885,000 a year ago. Its retail business, Hover, did $7.6 million of revenue, up from $3.6 million. Tweet Tagged: earnings, enom, rightside, tucows …

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  • Donuts to complete Rightside acquisition tonight

    … Donuts is on the verge of closing its acquisition of coopetitor Rightside, after the vast majority of Rightside shareholders agreed to sell up. Rightside just disclosed that owners of 92% of its shares — 17,740,054 shares — have agreed to sell at Donuts’ offer price of $10.60 per share. That means the remaining 8% of shares that were…

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  • ICANN gives the nod to Donuts-Rightside merger

    … ICANN has given its consent to the acquisition of Rightside by rival new gTLD registry Donuts, according to the companies. The nod means that one barrier to the $213 million deal has been lifted. Rightside, which is listed on Nasdaq, still needs the majority of its shareholders to agree to the deal and to satisfy other customary closing…

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  • BREAKING: Donuts to pay $213 million for Rightside

    … domain registry services for Donuts roughly 200 new gTLDs. This is a breaking story. More to come… Related posts (automatically generated): Rightside rejects Negari’s $5m new gTLD offer Donuts sticks with Rightside despite Google support Rightside refuses Donuts’ “opportunistic” $70m gTLD offer Tweet Tagged: acquisition, donuts, rightside Add Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. …

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  • Activist investor says eNom was sold too cheap

    … J Carlo Cannell, the activist investor who has been circling Rightside for the last year or so, was unimpressed with the company’s recent sale of eNom to Tucows. In a letter published as a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week, Cannell announced that he has started up a support group for fellow “concerned” investors…

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  • Tucows says eNom may be shrinking as Melbourne IT drives 2016 growth

    … under the hood and get a better sense of the platform as we will with all of the operations, the long-term plan might be different. The acquisition was “overwhelmingly about generating scale and realizing cost efficiencies”, Noss said. Tucows paid $83.5 million for eNom, which has about $155 million in annual revenue and is expected to generate about $20 million in EBITDA per year after efficiencies are realized. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, earnings, enom, hover, melbourne it, rightside, tucows …

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  • Donuts sticks with Rightside despite Google support

    … Donuts has renewed its back-end registry services contract with Rightside, Rightside has announced. That’s despite indications a few months ago that it might have been preparing for a switch to Google’s new Nomulus platform. Rightside said yesterday that the deal, which has seen Rightside handle the registry for Donuts’ portfolio of almost…

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  • Now MMX kills off premium renewals

    …. The reduced pricing will make the domains more attractive to domainers and end users alike, but I suspect the former will be more likely to exploit the new deal at first. It’s the second new gTLD registry, after Rightside, to announce such a move this month. Rightside said it was abolishing premium renewals on its expensive Platinum-level domains, though they will remain on more modestly priced premiums. Tweet Tagged: Minds + Machines, mmx, premiums, rightside …

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  • Rightside sells eNom to Tucows for $83.5m

    … retention. For Rightside, the company said the spin-off will allow it to focus on vertical integration between its gTLD registry business and its consumer-facing registrar, Name.com. Rightside had come in for a certain amount of high-profile investor criticism for its dogged focus on new gTLDs at the expense of its eNom and Name.com businesses…

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  • RightSide cuts super-premium fees in half, drops premium renewals

    … registrars with buy-it-now fees that automatically applied the premium renewal fees. However, it seems that the vast majority if not all of these sales came via the company’s in-house registrars such as Name.com and eNom, where there was a more flexible “make an offer” button. Under a new Platinum Edge product, RightSide hopes to bring…

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  • Rightside new gTLD renewals can top 80%

    … Rightside says it is seeing encouraging renewal figures from its oldest batch of new gTLDs. The company this week revealed that renewals after two years of ownership on average stand at 81%. In a blog post, Rightside broke out some numbers for .dance, .democrat, .ninja, .immobilien, .social, .reviews and .futbol. Those seven are the only…

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    … a covenant not to sue ICANN when it applied for its new gTLDs. A judge in the DotConnectAfrica v ICANN can has allowed that lawsuit to proceed, regardless, but it may prove a stumbling block for Donuts. It all looks a bit flimsy to me, but I’ve learned not to second-guess American judges so we’ll just have to see how it plays out. Tweet Tagged: .web, .webs, auctions, donuts, ICANN, last resort, new gTLDs, nu dot co, rightside, verisign …

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  • Rightside refuses Donuts “opportunistic” $70m gTLD offer

    … dissatisfaction with Rightside’s success rate with new gTLDs today. Activist investor J Carlo Cannell and Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling, both of whom own small but significant chunks of Rightside, have called on the company to get rid of some of its under-performers. By announcing the offer publicly — apparently after months of private offers…

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