On Friday the daily newsletter of Domaining carried this simple message:
“”Game is over. Next week I will announce the new owner of Domaining.com”
That one sentence that appeared on the top of the Domaining.com newsletter caused the domain blogosphere to blow up all weekend with posts about the “sale” of Domaining.com even leading to many bloggers and commentator guessing as to whom the buyer was.
I reached out on to Saturday to Francois Carrillo who owns and operates Domaining.com to find out what was going on.
Yesterday, he asked me to publish this statement Monday morning which appears unedited:
“On Friday I wrote in my newsletter:
“Game is over. Next week I will announce the new owner of domaining.com”
A Few bloggers started to announce domaining.com was sold.
It’s still not the case otherwise I would have previously sent a private note to the bloggers.
In fact the past weeks I have been “privately” spreading the voice that domaining.com was for sale.
After many offers received finally one came from an investor willing to pay the reserve I had set.
So I checked if the other prospects may counter this offer.
A pair clearly let me think they should do it this past week, but this past week was NamesCon time and they were busy in the conference.
Friday morning something personal happened that lead to the decision to close a sale as soon as possible.
It’s when I abruptly decided to announce in my newsletter (potentially read by the prospects) that next week I will announce a new buyer.
This little sentence was targeted to the potential buyers:
With the hope that seeing they were losing the buying opportunity they will counter offer and I will maximize the sale.
But things never happen as one would like otherwise the life will be too easy:
The bad news is this investor vanished, the sale fell through, ouch!
The other bad news is I did not realize some newsletter readers would understand the sale was already effective and lead to few sale blog posts and some anticipated congrats.
The good news is some potential buyers (all well known in the domain industry) started to contact me again.
What I can say today is I hope all the negotiations I am having right now will lead to a sale and that I could announce it at the end of the week.
If you are part of the domain industry (very motivated and with +7 figures to invest) it’s probably your last chance to acquire domaining.com – Just contact me at info(at)cybertonic(dot)com
Thank you so much Michael for allowing me to clarify, as always your advice is invaluable.””