This morning TechCrunch covered the acquisition and launch of the domain name ScienceFiction.com by “Domain name investor and blogger Patrick Ruddell (aka Chef Patrick)”
In an article entitled “ScienceFiction.com Aims To Become The “TechCrunch Of Sci-Fi””
According to the story Chef Patrick bought the domain name off of Domain Capital for $175K after someone defaulted in their loan.
“”The goal of ScienceFiction.com is to offer top quality news, reviews and interviews about the world of sci-fi and fantasy.”
Ruddell tells me he’ll handle the business side of things, while one of his partners, who he adds has a journalism degree and has been writing for 20+ years, will take care of the editorial part of the equation.”
Its no small achievement to get your domain purchase covered by TechCrunch.
So congrats on that.
Interesting to note that no where in the story is does not say anywhere in the story that the Chef is employed full time for Moniker.com or that Moniker.com at one time had the domain under a brokerage contract.
However I’m told the domain was not under contract at Moniker while the Chef was employed at Moniker
Michele Van Tilborg husband, Dirk Van Tillborg is listed on the site on Partner & Editor in Chief.
Rob McClinton is listed as as a Partner & Business Development Manager of the company.
Rob is the Director, of Oversee Client Services & Registrar Operations.
I actually looked at the domain myself but passed on it, because as the title of the TechCrunch article illustrates, most people will naturally want to shorten Science Fiction to Scifi and thought you really needed both versions.
The statement the TechCrunch took its title from is the quote of the Chef in which he says:
“”Or, as Ruddell puts it (and not us): the “TechCrunch of Science Fiction”.”””
Yet when the story title went out TechCrunch shortened it to Scifi.
Despite that issue, with TechCrunch coverage the site is off to a great start.