Agreed Becomes the 1st Licensed Internet Escrow Service to Accept Bitcoin & Litecoin

California-based Agreed Escrow announce today it has partnered with GoCoin to become the first licensed Internet escrow service to allow clients to pay with Bitcoin and Litecoin through its site at Agreed.com.

“Agreed is licensed by the California Department of Business Oversight to act as an Internet Escrow agent in escrows involving goods and services.”

“Agreed’s clients are now able to make purchases on agreed.com using the two most popular digital currencies, Bitcoin and Litecoin, with additional cryptocurrencies to be added soon.”

“In order to facilitate its cryptocurrency integration, Agreed has partnered with GoCoin, the leading international payment platform enabling merchants to accept Bitcoin and Litecoin payments at checkout.

“With the recent public failings of the likes of Mt. Gox and others, Agreed’s escrow service offers a key element in rebuilding consumer trust in the burgeoning Bitcoin ecosystem,” said Steve Beauregard, Founder and CEO of GoCoin. “We are thrilled to partner with one of the powerhouses of the domain industry.”

“Payment flexibility, processing efficiency, and transactional security are key to a successful escrow transaction, all of which are core to the Bitcoin protocol. Agreed prides itself on finding new and innovative ways to handle online transactions, so we’re excited to empower the growing tide of early cryptocurrency adopters the flexibility to fund their transactions in whatever currency they see fit,” said Ammar Kubba, Co-Founder and CEO of Agreed. “GoCoin’s forward thinking and renowned co-founders, Steve Beauregard and Brock Pierce, are the ideal partners for Agreed as we continue to evolve the online escrow landscape.”

In addition to Bitcoin and Litecoin, Agreed accepts payments in more currencies than any other licensed online escrow service, including: United States Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), Japanese Yen (JPY), British Pound Sterling (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD) and Australian Dollars (AUD).”

DomainHoldings Brokerage Is Staying But Parent Company Changed To Bidtellect

The Baltimore Business Journal has just covered John Ferber and his new venture  Bidtellect which is what the company known as DomainHoldings, Inc. is changing its name to.

According to the article which quotes John:

“”Bidtellect is an online platform through which advertisers bid in real-time for native ad spots. ”

“The company was founded in 2010 as a domain name brokerage called Domain Holdings Group Inc. ”

“The company recently adopted its new moniker, Bidtellect, to reflect is expanding online advertising niche.

“We’re gunning for about 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2014, and the big growth driver is the technology platform,” Ferber said.

“The domain name side of the business does well and is reliable. But Ferber sees the company’s big opportunity for growth in native advertising, which is when ads blend in with their surroundings. Newspaper ads designed to look like articles and sponsored content blog posts embedded with regular news stories are examples of native advertising.”

“It’s a fast-growing sector of online advertising and Ferber plans to take full advantage. ”

Bidtellect has raised $5 million to date and Ferber expects to launch a Series B round in the near future.

“The company posted $10 million in revenue last year and is borderline profitable, Ferber said.”

I chatted with John today who told me that DomainHolding’s brokerage division which saw over $20 Million dollars in domain sales in 2013, will continue unchanged.

Fred Krueger of Minds + Machines Book “Stop Drinking and Get Fit” Hits Amazon

Fred Krueger of Top Level Domain Holdings (Minds + Machines) book entitled Stop Drinking and Get Fit: A guide to personal transformation” is now in paperback and available at Amazon for purchase for $15.18.

This new 200 page “Director’s Cut” is a must have…” says Krueger

Fred wrote on his Facebook page that he dropped close to 30 Lbs and had gotten under 15% body fat:

“Phase 1 was to hit my ideal weight and body fat %. I’ve hit and maintained that for 3 months now”

I recently saw Fred and he is looking and feeling great so big congrats to him on the turn around and the book.

Here is how he describes the book on Amazon:

“Stop Drinking and Get Fit is the ultimate guide to kicking the alcohol habit for good and achieving a level of fitness you have never thought possible. With this simple to follow method, you will lose at least 30 pounds, stop the desire to drink, and feel at least 10 years younger than your chronological age.”

Larry Smith: CambridgeMovers.com Is Not Very Much in Relation to EyemakeUpRemovers.com

The start of another week and already I have a nice set of spam emails.

Sure I get many of these every day and 99.99% I send into trash without regard but this one caught my eye based off the domain listed (which isn’t a bad domain) just a bad message

“”Hello Worldwide Media Inc.

My Name is Larry and I am representing the potential sale of CambridgeMovers.com

We realized you may be interested because you currently own eyemakeupremovers.com which seems to be very much in relation to CambridgeMovers.com.

We have it listed in Auction through Sedo.com (The biggest domain marketplace on earth) – you can check the auction following this link: http://sedo.com/auction/auction_detail.php?language=us&trackingRequestId=57842494&trackingOrigin=2&auction_id=169708&tracked=&partnerid=&language=us

We listed it at NO reserve ( 99 Euros), so all the risk is on us – at the moment (At the time of sending this email) there were no bids and only a little more than a Day for the auction to end.

Our investment in CambridgeMovers.com was on the high 4 figures level purchase point and yet it’s listed at 99 Euros (No reserve).

Keep in mind that if you are NOT a member with Sedo.com , registering a free account is only a couple of steps away. Please feel free to get back to me if you need any help or have any question.

Wish you all the best,

Thanks,
Larry S.
L.Smith@4uf.net “””

However its still better than this email I also received today:
Hello,
I want to sell my domain.
It name is www.forsexwith.me.
I don\’t want to be :) with my price.
Can yuo tell me How much does it cost?
I have other intersting domains \”.com\”. “””

I don’t know how I can resist.

 

 

FT.com Covers Frank Schilling

One of the most prestigious publications in the world, the Financial Times out of London just published a huge cover story on Frank Schilling

“Tucked inside a nondescript building on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, a stone’s throw from the island’s largest and glitziest hotels, Frank Schilling’s home feels a bit like the Batcave. ”

“A lift leads to a large intercom-protected gate, which reveals a pair of oversized double doors that open into a huge marble-covered entrance passage.””

“We refer to it as ‘the house’ even though it’s technically a condo,” says Schilling, the owner of Uniregistry – a top-level web domain name registry – as we walk through an endless maze of rooms. “”

“A name that gets 20 visits today will get 18 tomorrow and 22 yesterday, but it will never get 300 unless something changes,” says Schilling.

“In technology circles, names are derided as overly simplistic. You’re just a speculator if you have names. There’s no technology there. After everything burns down though, the names still have value.”

“Only 1% the population owns a domain name – some own more than one. I have hundreds of thousands of domain names, and I’m one man. I’m betting that there might be interest for 2 or 3 per cent of people to have them. Somebody has to make those names for the residents of the future. There aren’t enough good ones in the spaces that are already held.”

Schilling likens the growth of the web domain industry to the westward expansion of settlers in the US in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

“New York will still be there which is .com, .org, .net, and they’ll be worth more than ever, but somebody’s got to live in LA. Somebody has to live in Houston, Seattle, Portland and all these great cities in the west.”

He likes to compare domain names to electricity. “Everyone takes for granted that you put the prong in the wall and the current comes out, but somebody has to make that magic behind the curtain firing a turbine generation plant.” It seems Schilling is more than happy to be that man behind the curtain.