Rightside

  • Activist investor says eNom was sold too cheap

    … of the company a year ago. At that time, he called for the company to ditch its “garbage” new gTLD registries in favor of a focus on its higher-margin eNom business. He was supported by Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling, then also a Rightside investor in addition to a competitor. Tweet Tagged: acquisition, cannell, enom, j carlo cannell, rightside, tucows …

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

    … and related services. In the fourth quarter, revenue was $30 million for this segment. Of that, $23.1 million came from domains sold via its wholesale network and $3.8 million came from Hover, its retail channel. CEO Elliot Noss noted that the acquisition of the eNom wholesale registrar business from Rightside last month made Tucows easily the second…

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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

    … 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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  • 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

    … is open to gaming — brokers could reserve names and just twiddle their thumbs for 60 days, hoping to get a commission for no work — but the broker program is expected to be fairly tightly managed and those exploiting the system could be kicked out. RightSide will be making the case for the two Platinum-branded offerings at the upcoming NamesCon conference in Las Vegas, where it also expects to name its first brokerage partners. Tweet Tagged: brokers, enom, name.com, namescon, platinum, premium, rightside …

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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

    … Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Dot Co…

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

    … Rightside has rebuffed Donuts’ semi-hostile takeover attempt for its portfolio of gTLD registry contracts. The question now is: will Donuts up the offer from the $70 million already on the table? In a pre-markets statement today, Rightside said the offer “undervalued” the assets. CEO Taryn Naidu is quoted as saying: After thoughtful…

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  • Web.com acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside

    … Web.com has acquired dozens of registrars from rival/partner Rightside, seemingly to boost the success rate of its SnapNames domain drop-catching business. I’ve established that at least 44 registrars once managed by Rightside/eNom have moved to the Web.com stable in recent weeks, and that might not even be the half of it. All…

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  • Rightside to modernize eNom, predicts $75m new gTLD revs

    …% at $55.1 million, with a net loss of $5.1 million. That compared to income of $1.9 million a year ago. Naido also seemed to obliquely address the criticism that a lot of Rightside’s new gTLDs are shit — .democrat, .dance, .army, .navy, and .airforce have been singled out by Cannell and others — by talking about how the company doesn’t necessarily…

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  • Rightside rejects Negari’s $5m new gTLD offer

    … Rightside has turned down Daniel Negari’s $5 million offer to acquire four of its new gTLDs, according to Negari. The XYZ.com CEO told DI via email tonight: I was looking forward to operating .Army, .Dance, .Dentist, and .Vet under the XYZ umbrella. I’m disappointed that Rightside didn’t entertain my offer, especially since I believe $5MM…

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  • Rightside offers $10 renewals on premium names

    … Rightside is to run a promotion that will discount renewals on premium names down to .com prices. From May 16 to June 30, if you buy any of the domains that Rightside has marked as premium — except the super-premium “Platinum” names — the wholesale renewal fee will be just $10. Registrars will mark this up according to their own pricing models…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
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