LinkedIn acquires Bright.com

LinkedIn made their largest acquistion yet acquiring Bright.com.

Tech Crunch covered the acquisition which coincided with LinkedIn reporting earnings on Thursday.

From the article:

Today, alongside a fourth quarter earnings report in which it beat Wall Street estimates yet again, LinkedIn announced its intentions to acquire data-savvy job search startup, Bright.com, for $120 million. The deal, which was 70 percent stock and 30 percent cash the company said, will be completed during the first quarter of this year.

In a statement today, LinkedIn said that “several members of Bright’s team,” which now numbers over 50 –particularly those on its engineering and product teams — will be joining LinkedIn in the coming weeks. However, one notices that the announcement conspicuously leaves out any mention of Bright’s founders and whether or not they will be joining LinkedIn’s team in Mountain View.

Along with the company LinkedIn acquires a premium one word .com.

Lately we have started to look at the history of the premium .com names that get used for new start ups or get acquired, many have said they enjoy this feature and we are glad you like it.

Here is the history of Bright .com

Bright.com was already dropped twice prior to its current registration date of 12/20/94.

The domain was owned by a gentleman using it for a business called B-Right Trucking from the earliest record on Archive.org – 1997

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The domain changed in 2005, same gentleman owned it but he changed the company name to Bright Minds.

In May of 2005 the domain went under privacy and left Network Solutions and was moved to AAAQ.com as the registrar.

December 0f 2007 the new registrant was Deepti Parvathaneni and the domain was moved to Go Daddy.

The domain went back under privacy and then looks to have been sold on Sedo with Sedo as the registrant on June 6,2010

The registrant then changed to Scot Mollot out of San Francisco.

Then the name went back into privacy and came out with a new registrant name but same address in San Francisco. The name contiuned to change names by those who look to be affiliated with the company that would become Bright Media.

12/21/11 the registrant officially became Bright Media. The company was founded in February of 2011.

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On The Day New gTLD Picked Up 19,163 New Registrations, .Com Picked Up 37,782

Plenty of new and buzz was created yesterday when new gTLD’s generated 19,163 new domain registrations led by .Guru

However in all fairness we need to point out that the total number of new gTLD registrations on the 1st day of general availability was still just about 1/2 of the number of net new .Com registrations.

According to RegistrarStats.com while the total number of new gTLD registrations were 19,163 with 9,516 of them coming from .Guru, the .Com registry had 99,078 new domain registration and deducting the amount of deleted .Com domain names which was 61,296 meant that the total amount of new net .com registrations were 37,782 or about twice as many as the total number of new gTLD registrations.

For those .net lovers out there, the .net registry also grew yesterday by 4,782 net new domain names and .org added new net domains of 3,814.

So the total number of net new .Net and .Org domain names totaled 8,596 yesterday or about 40% of what the new gTLD’s did.

Even .biz added a net of 1,138 domain names yesterday almost more than.holdings; .lighting, .equipment, .estate, .photography, .graphics. .gallery and .camera combined and more than .plumbing added yesterday

What does it all mean?

I have no idea, but its easy to get sweep up in numbers and headlines without looking a little deeper.

Coupons.com files for $100million IPO

Last week it was Care.com going public and soaring in its first day of trading and now another category killer .com, Coupons.com has filed to go public. When looking at both of these companies “.COM” is a part of the name, they are not Care Inc or Coupons Inc and use the .com extension. With all the talk lately of new gtlds and branding themselves it is important to note that .com started this trend with the extension as part of the company name.

Tech Crunch wrote on the coming IPO

The march of the 2014 initial public offerings commences, with the latest one of the oldest brands on the internet. Coupons.com has just filed S-1 papers with the SEC for an IPO on the NYSE, trading under the name COUP, and raising $100 million.

Coupons.com’s IPO filing was long anticipated, most recently with Paul Sloan jumping from his position as editor-in-chief at CNET to take up head of communications to lead the effort.

As one of the earlier movers in the online coupons space, Coupons.com is also one of the biggest. It notes in the IPO that in the first nine months of 2013, its sales were generated from some 940 million transactions on its site. Those included customers picking up digital coupons and also redeeming codes over its platform. That figure is up 49% over a year ago.

Coupons.com says that today its platform includes more than 700 consumer packaged goods companies, representing over 2,000 brands, and retailers covering some 58,000 physical stores in North America. It had 17 million monthly unique visitors on average across Coupons.com and affiliated sites over 2013 and visited the sites of its CPGs, retailers and publishers. Its mobile apps have been downloaded some 7 million times.

You can read the full article on TechCrunch and check out their CrunchBase profile here

Verisign: Rise In Value Of Bitcoin Causes Surge In .Com/.Net Domain Registrations: 22K In 2013

Verisign just published a blog on how the rising value of Bitcoin has led  to surge of .com and .net domain name registrations.

 

The value of a Bitcoin surged from roughly $13 at the beginning of 2013 to an eventual high of $1,137 at the end of November (The chart below, courtesy of Coinbase, documents the ebbs and flows of a Bitcoin’s value).

 

 

 

By doing a search of the word “bitcoin” for the past six months, it is fairly easy to see a correlation between the two Bitcoin price surges shown above and surges in domain name registrations including the term “bitcoin” in the grapher results below.

 

 

It is interesting to see that despite the relative modesty of the April price surge when compared to the November/December surge, daily registrations for both instances peaked at roughly the same number: 490 and 472 respectively. That being said the density of the two domain registration surges in the graph show that significantly more domains were registered as Bitcoin approached its all-time high.

 

Did you register any Bitcoin related domain names in 2013? Are you planning to register some in the new year? Let us know in the comments below!

Verisign: .Com Registrations Blow Past 112 Million Mark For The 1st Time

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Verisign is reporting that the number of .Com domain names in the active zone file exceeded the 112,000,000 Mark for the first time.

The number of .com domain name registrations in the active zone crossed the 112 Million number today January 16th, 2014

The number of .net domain names in the active zone file is down slightly but still well over the 15 million domain name mark.