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.

Godaddy Has 40% Of The New gTLD Market; 1and1 For Its $50M Got 12K Registrations

A new site (or at least new to me) is showing the most detailed stats I have seen for new gTLD’s.

According to ntldstats.com, there are a total of 215,638 new gTLD domain registrations as of 16:30 (time zone not defined) on March 6th.

According to the site, Godaddy registered almost 87,000 of the 215,000 new gTLD’s giving it a 40% market share.

1and1.com which spent a reported $50 million dollars on a  advertising campaign to promote the new gTLD’s is in 4th place with some 12,388 registrations giving them about 5.7% share of the new gTLD market and putting them in 4th place.

Interesting neither NetworkSolutions.com nor Register.com, which are both top 5 domain name registrars are in the top 10.

As a side note NameCheap.com numbers are included in Enom.com numbers.

Here are the top 20 domain name registrars by number of new gTLD domain registrations:


Registrar Statistics

# Domains Registrar
1. 86,945 Godaddy LLC (146)
2. 23,167 Enom, Inc. (48)
3. 15,790 united-domains AG (1408)
4. 12,388 1&1 Internet AG (83)
5. 8,473 Name.com, Inc. (625)
6. 7,366 Cronon AG (141)
7. 6,795 Mesh Digital Limited (1390)
8. 6,653 Tucows Domains Inc. (69)
9. 5,785 101Domain Inc (1011)
10. 4,543 Key-Systems, LLC (1345)
11. 4,080 Network Solutions, LLC (2)
12. 2,844 Gandi SAS (81)
13. 2,425 PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot (151)
14. 2,257 PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com (303)
15. 2,134 Interlink Co., Ltd. (277)
16. 1,659 1API GmbH (1387)
17. 1,642 MarkMonitor Inc. (292)
18. 1,463 CSC Corporate Domains Inc (299)
19. 1,454 Instra Corporation Pty Ltd. (1376)
20. 1,280 Ascio Technologies, Inc. – Denmark (106)

Radix Looking To Hire Registrar Partner Manager-US, Canada and Latin America

Our friends at Radix are looking to hire a Registrar Partner Manager.

As a Registrar Partner Manager, you will be responsible for our partners in the US, Canada and Latin America. Your job is to a) ensure a wide distribution network in the local market and b) evolve those channel relationships into strategic partnerships. The job involves frequent travel and road-trips across your region to ensure that you build a good working relationship and rapport with our partners.

Your responsibilities will involve:

• Establishing & managing relationships with all strategic partners (registrars)
• Representing Radix at all international industry events that take place in the United States, Canada, Latin America and other parts of the world
• Track market movements, growth dynamics
• Set and measure performance goals for all partners, incentivize and run campaigns to help achieving them
• Garner deep involvement and support from all partners, for all sales promotions programs and co-marketing activities
• Deploy marketing budgets for partners, track and measure ROI
• Plan road-trips across the region to meet all partners on a regular basis

Desired Skills and Experience

Radix is looking for someone who:

  • Is an exceptional communicator – blessed with the gift of gab, the candidate should possess superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Is a sales shark – must possess superior powers of persuasion
  • Possess strong business acumen – born to do business, you should be able to sense long-term, strategic business opportunities and have an instinctive ability to place the winning ‘bets’
  • Is High Analytical and Data driven – While creative and instinctive, he/she never ignores the role that research, data and numbers play in the decision making process
  • Has a Penchant for technology – You need not be a coder or a geek, but should be an early-adopter of the latest in social media, gizmos, software and apps.
  • A go-getter – Able to thrive in an environment where one is given tremendous freedom, flexibility and independence.
  • Is a people’s person – a natural conversationalist, always makes for enjoyable company and is effortlessly able to cut through social and cultural differences
  • Experience: 5-8 years of experience in client servicing/account management/strategic partnership role, in a B2B environment, in the IT/internet space. Preferred experience in the domains/hosting industry
  • Education: MBA from a top b-school preferred
  • International Exposure: Vast experience in building partnerships with clients / partners globally, and dealing with international business development activities

Radix is an initiative to globally operate 29 new, top level domains including .web, .music, .blog, and .shop, as a part of ICANN’s project to open new, meaningful internet addresses. Radix is India’s and Asia’s largest newgTLD applicant under this program, and expects to play a large role in the global diversification of the internet namespace.

The company recently passed initial evaluation and has met the required business, technology and operations capabilities to operate a new gTLD at the global level.

We have already successfully launched .pw – the professional web, and will soon be launching .in.net, as a new domain name extension targeting India. Over the next few months, Radix will also begin marketing its three uncontested extensions; .press, .host and .space.

You will be part of a high-energy team, involved in creating the foundation for this new business initiative.

.Build Hires Tim Switzer, Formerly of Neustar and DotGreen As Head of Operations

George Minardos, Founder and CEO of .BUILD, announced today that Tim Switzer, formerly of Neustar and DotGreen, is joining .BUILD as head of operations and registrar relations.

Switzer will team up with Minardos, Tom Brackey, ARI Services and the rest of the .BUILD team to bring the global building industry on-line via the .BUILD domain name.

Minardos commented, “We are excited to have Tim join us.  He brings many years of experience and talent within the domain name industry.  With his history of successful launches of other Top Level Domains (TLD), Tim will be instrumental in launching .BUILD.  His reputation and business relationships with the global channel of the domain industry and especially Registrars, will serve us well as we move .BUILD thru its launch phase and as it becomes the on-line “go to” place for all building and construction businesses around the world”.

Switzer added “My decision to join the .BUILD team was based on both the opportunity to work with an industry that is as large as it is and also poised for change.  The .BUILD team has done a great job to this point of getting .BUILD into its current Sunrise phase and I am eager to jump in and help keep that momentum going.  The building industry represents over 10% of global GDP and the .BUILD domain name will give everyone associated with this industry the opportunity to identify and brand themselves clearly as to who they are and what they do”.


Web.com Officially Announces The Acquisition of SnapNames.com


Web.com Group, Inc. (WWWW) officially announced today that it has acquired SnapNames from KeyDrive S.A.

Shares are down over 2% in early trading today.

The questions yet to be answered is how will the acquisition effect where expiring domain names from Web.com registrars, including NetworkSolutions.com and Register.com will be going.

All expired domains of Netsol where going to SnapNames.com until it was acquired by Oversee.net, the company that sold SnapNames.com to Keysystems. Once Oversee.net acquired SnapNames.com Netsol went into partnership with Demand Media, INc (DMD) to form Namejet.com which has over the last years been the exclusive auction house for expired Network Solutions domains.

We have asked both Web.com and Demand Media, Inc over the weekend how this acquisition will effect dropped domain names but neither has furnished a definitive answer.

SnapNames is a drop service and online auction house including expiring, deleting and privately-owned domain names.

“We are very pleased to bring SnapNames under the Web.com umbrella,” said David L. Brown, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Web.com. “This acquisition enables us to enhance our existing domain related assets and provide additional services for customers who are looking for specific domain name addresses. In today’s expanding domain resale marketplace, SnapNames is a global industry leader with experience and expertise in domain lifecycle management and auction services.”

“”Web.com owns two of the world’s largest retail registrars in Network Solutions and Register.com. With the addition of SnapNames, Web.com will further expand its global partnership channel by leveraging SnapNames’ extensive international network, thus helping customers find the right domain names the first time they look. In addition, the acquisition complements NameJet, the domain name auction platform managed through a joint venture partnership with Web.com and Rightside.”"

In a press release issued by the seller of SnapNames, Key-Systems said:

“Moniker now plans to work even more closely together with KeyDrive and its sister company Key-Systems to strengthen its position on the US registrar market and to become an even more powerful international registrar.

“KeyDrive will be reinvigorating the Moniker brand with new technology, products and commitment to their customer service”, said Alexander Siffrin, Chairman of KeyDrive.”

“”The disposition of SnapNames will have no negative effect on the customer experience of the Moniker clients. The same staff will be taking care of all customer needs and customers will access their accounts as before. Moniker will continue to work with SnapNames as in the past and the usual business will not be interrupted for clients.”"

“”In February Bonnie Wittenburg assumed the position as Moniker CEO. Under her leadership the synergies and cooperation that existed between Key-Systems and Moniker will be increased. A series of new service offerings is planned by Moniker in the future through this increased cooperation. Wittenburg plans to focus much attention on the development of Moniker’s customer service as Moniker expands the product offerings.”"

“”Among the unique strengths that the parent company KeyDrive and its members bring are the commitment to offer a broad range of domain name extensions including pre-registration for over 700 new top level domains, a large ccTLD offering and a variety of domain-related services such as professional registry services and IT infrastructure services accompanied by a strong costumer focus provided by domain experts.”"