The New York Times just covered Juan Diego Calle the CEO of .CO Internet SAS.
Here are just a few out takes for the rest you will have to check out the whole story.
One thing not in the story is that Straat Investments has applied for 13 new gTLD’s so as impressive as Juan’s rags to riches story is as told by the NYT its just starting and the guy is only 34.
“My light-bulb moment came in 2007, when a colleague mentioned that Colombia’s government was exploring how to commercialize its “.co” domain extension beyond its borders. ”
“It was clear to me that the .co suffix would appeal to businesses that needed a Web address but could not find one at .com.”
“In July 2010, I won the contract to operate .co and to commercialize it globally. I formed .CO Internet, and now it and the travel site network are subsidiaries of Straat, where I am the chairman.”
“In the last year, more than one million users in 200 countries have registered .co domain names. Among them are well-known companies like Google, which uses g.co to market products like its Internet-connected eyeglasses (g.co/projectglass).”