Anyone who has been in the domain business for a while probably knows the story of Mr. Kremen fairly well.
Mr. Kremen is the former owner of Sex.com and Match.com, the subject of at least one book and the original registrant of some of the best .com’s on earth.
Although I have know of Mr. Kremen for well over 10 years, this is the 1st time I have had a chance to hear him tell his story in person.
Actually I’m pretty sure he has never spoke at a domain conference before.
A self admitted investor, entrepreneur and “kook”, Mr. Kremen spoke at the .nxt conference in San Francisco today.
Some of the interesting points from his fireside chat today.
Gary used the Internet the 1st time in 1984.
Back in 1984 all extensions back then ended in .arpa
Gary was the 900th person to ever use the Internet.
“I know what number I was because I had a program that counted everyone using proxy net and I was number 900”
Gary was the original registrant of:
Just to name a few
Back win the 90’s when these were registered there was an “unwritten rule that you could only own 1 domain so I put one domain in several different companies name.”
I also put some of these domains in some friend’s to hold like aucitons.com and then never got them back which lead to the end of some friendships”
He registered the domain Match.com in 1994 because he was “trying to get a date” and sold the company in 1998. Match.com was growing at the rate of 3% a day at one time.
Gary invented the idea of “dynamic web pages” which would change web pages based on several factors like cookies.
Gary obtained a patent in connection with match.com for dynamic web pages and sold the patent for $2.5 million.
Mr Kremen was the original registrant of sex.com and registered the domain on May 9, 1994.
He spend a few million dollars to get sex.com back.
The person who took the domain was making as much as $1M a month on the domain name sex.com
Kremen got’s Cohen’s former house as partial satisfaction of the judgment.
Before the Sex.com case domains were not considered as property under the law, just a contractual right between the registry and the domain holder but the result of the Sex.com case domain names are recognized property.
Finally regarding the new gTLD’s, Mr Kremen reminded everyone that in the Gold Rush the people that made the money were the one’s selling the shovels.
So Gary recommends that the best way to be involved in the new gTLD launch is to sell products or service new TLD registries.
It was a great chat and a lot of information in a 30 minutes session that flew by