TheFullStory.com Raises $1.2 Million After Buying The Domain In December for $2,477

The domain name TheFullStory.com was sold on Godaddy.com/Afternic.com in December last year for $2,477.

Today the company was covered by TechCrunch.com after raising $1.2 Million Dollars.

According to TechCrunch, TheFullStory.com is “trying to minimize those endless hours spent on the phone by capturing everything a user does on a company’s product using a simple script.

FullStory captures mouse movement, clicks, page transitions and more and allows for session playback for support teams to understand user flows.

The script begins recording the users movements once they are logged onto the website or app, but users can exclude themselves from being tracked

Then customer service teams can see a customer’s movements and allows them to identify bugs and send the playback session URL to the engineering team to fix.

Anyway it’s another brandable domain that is used in a way that most people would not imagine.

I wouldn’t have sold the domain for less than five figures.

Secret.ly Bought For $3,500 On Sedo 9 Months Ago Raises $25 Million At $100M Valuation

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It was just back in March that the New York Times chatted about, what was at that time, a 5 week old app called Secret which uses the domain name Secret.ly

Today the company announced it has raised an additional $25 Million dollars, on top of the $8.6 million the company announced it raised in March from a number of well-known investors, including Alexis Ohanian, a founder of Reddit, and Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.”

“Secret connects people anonymously through their address books. Messages appear only as from “friend” or “friend of friend.” Juicy posts that receive a lot of likes or comments also appear occasionally, identified simply by the city or state where they originated.”

Yesterday according to the New York Times, released “a new version of the application that will allow people to sign up for Secret and find friends using their Facebook credentials. Previously, the service relied on a user’s address book and list of contacts to find friends and see their Secret posts.”

The company also introduced “collections” that will help organize messages posted on Secret and make it easier to browse by topics, such as humor, dating or food.”

The company also announced on Monday that it raised an additional $25 million in venture financing from a number of esteemed firms and angel investors, including Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, SV Angel and Fuel Capital.

“The new funding puts the valuation of Secret, a six-month-old company, at higher than $100 million.”

The domain name Secret.ly was sold on Sedo.com In October 2013 for $3,500.

.XYZ Debuts on RegstrarStats.com As The 8th Most Registered Top Level Domain Extension

 

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.XYZ has become the 8th most registered Top Level Domain according to RegistrarStats.com.

.XYZ domain registrations are only surpassed by .Com, .Net, .Org, .Info, .Biz, .US and .Mobi (actually .US is a ccTLD not a TLD)

This is the first day I have seen .XYZ stats picked up by RegistrarStats.com which shows .XYZ picking up over 4,000 registrations and the only one of the now top 8 to pick up net registrations (of course .XYZ does not have deletions yet)

Years before there was ntldstats.com, and namestat.org, which have popped up this year to track stats on the new gTLD’s,  RegistrarStats.com was the go to source for to find stats on domain name registrations across TLD registries and registrars.

While the two newer services are free, RegistrarStats.com is subscription based and you have to be approved to spent the money and get access.

Also unlike the two newer services RegistrarStats.com tracks stats not just on the new gTLD’s but on all incumbent strings like .Com, .Net and .Org and although it generally does not track country code extensions (ccTLD’s) but does include .US.

Since launching just a few months ago, .XYZ has passed .Asia, .Name, .Tel, .Pro, .XXX to name a few.

While most will still point to the Network Solutions fee domain giveaway to account for .XYZ success, I haven’t seen the number move on the NetSol side for many days and the percentage of .XYZ registrations was a high as over 86% coming from NetSol is now sitting at 77%.

According to ntldstats.com, which is updated sometimes twice a day, .XYZ tops 300,000 registrations at the moment at 301,627.

RegistrarStats.com is updated once a day.

 

RapGenius.com Upgrades & Rebrand To Genius.com

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The website RapGenius.com announced today that they acquired and were re-branding to the killer domain name Genius.com

The domain name Genius.com was previously owned by Genius.com, Inc. of San Mateo California.

In June 2014 the whois record changed for a short time to Tony Wong of Callidus Software.

According to BusinessInsider.com,one of the investors in Rap Genius is actually Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers who with signing Lebron James away from the Miami Heat is by all measure having a very good day.

Businessinsider goes on to say that Mr. Gilbert led a $40 million investment in February of 2014, which valued the company at several hundred million dollars

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/dan-gilbert-invested-in-rapgenius-2014-7#ixzz37CyOBvmI

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/dan-gilbert-invested-in-rapgenius-2014-7#ixzz37Cy74PKM

The domain is now under privacy.

Here is the message from the new owners site:

“”Today we take a crucial step forward in the mission to annotate the world:

Introducing Genius.com, the new home of this great knowledge project.

When we created Rap Genius 5 years ago, we had no plans to expand beyond rap lyrics. But the community had a bigger vision, and it wasn’t long before “Rap” Genius housed the collected works of Shakespeare and Jane Austen, the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, poetry by T.S. Eliot and Langston Hughes, TV and movie scripts, Chipotle’s menu, the back of a Tylenol bottle, the roster of the 1986 New York Mets, and that dream you keep having where your teeth fall out—all lovingly and carefully annotated.

In retrospect this was inevitable. Any text can be as layered, as allusive and cryptic, as worthy of careful exegesis as rap lyrics. Furthermore, it’s simply not possible to create a website that annotates rap alone, just as it’s not possible to create a website that annotates any individual slice of human culture—because no slice of human culture stands on its own.

Thus, starting today, “Genius” is the new name of the grand project, born from rap’s rib, to annotate the world—and of the platform and company we’re building to enable it.

“Genius” is the term you should add to your Google searches whenever you’re looking for deeper meaning and context. Genius is the verb you can use to describe looking something up on Genius or decoding something in general.

Genius is also a platform. Soon we’ll release tools that will allow anyone to make their website annotatable. Even today, you can add any text you want to Genius, annotate it here, and then embed it on your website.

The Internet contains multitudes. It is the greatest store of knowledge in human history. But so often we flit from page to page without ever diving in. We believe that an Internet that is Genius-powered will help us all realize the richness and depth in every line of text.

Rap Genius, founded by lovers, began as but a woeful ballad to Cam’ron’s eyebrow. But the intervening years have morphed us into soldiers, full of strange oaths, and that is how we stand before you today, ready to pursue our mission of global annotation with renewed vigor.

Much love,
Ilan & Tom, Genius Co-founders””

 

Founder of Mt. Gox To Sell BitCoins.com In HA.com Domain Auction On July 24th

The URL Bitcoins.com will hit the auction block on July 24, 2014, as Part of Heritage Auctions’ Domain Names & Intellectual Property Auction.

The domain name is being sold by Mark Karpeles, the controversial founder of the failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, and is expected to bring more than $750,000.

“We are hoping, with the sale of Bitcoins.com, to provide some relief to the people impacted by the Mt. Gox bankruptcy,” said Karpeles, “and will be putting at least half of the sale amount toward that purpose.”

“Bitcoins.com is absolutely the best remaining, and available name for this new market,” said Aron Meystedt, Founder and Director of the Domain Names & Intellectual Property category at Heritage Auctions. “Bitcoin.com, the singular version, is owned and used by Blockchain.info, the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, and Bitcoinwallet.com itself is also already tied up. For the right investor this is a golden opportunity.”

The bitcoin payment system, an open payment network aimed at eliminating currency exchange fees and removing the need for intermediary banks, was created in 2009. It is mostly in the last 12 months, however, that it has gained mainstream notoriety, largely with the failure of Mt.Gox.com and the seizure of the nebulous Silk Road website, along with the subsequent liquidation of its Bitcoin assets. Bitcoins (plural) are the actual unit of exchange that has monetary value.

“The current market capitalization of all bitcoins in circulation is between $7 billion and $8 billion,” said Meystedt. “Daily, there are millions of dollars in transactions in Bitcoins. This auction offers the opportunity to capitalize on one of the most significant developments since the inception of the Internet.”

Bitcoins.com is being offered in the July 24, 2014 auction alongside more than 90 other premium domain names, including:

OklahomaCity.com

DEC.com (the fifth oldest domain name on the Internet, circa 1985),

Rides.com,

SEM.com

Digital.com

Cute.com

SouthernCalifornia.com