Brain.com has been purchased by Virtual Network SA of Switzerland.
Virtual Networks CEO Stéphane Pictet confirmed the purchase to TheDomains by stating “Virtual Network has bought Brain.com in Dec 2014 for an undisclosed amount. This highly brandable domain name is now part of our pipeline of premium brands for future internal or external projects.”
Brain.com is currently redirecting to Virtual-Network.com’s main website which states that “Brain.com Coming soon. Virtual Network has currently a 100% stake in Brain.com”.
According to Virtual-Network.com:
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Domain Advisors / Jeffrey Gabriel was brokering Brain.com in early 2012 according to this press release and into December 2014 according to Archive.org. I did reach out Igloo.com which was Domain Advisors, to confirm they were still brokering at the time of the sale but did not hear back from Tessa at time of publication.
Stéphane Pictet also mentioned “Since 1997 to invest in premium domain names (more than $10M until today), mostly for future projects we will develop one day. We have in the last few years restructured our portfolio and sold some domains like 22.com, 44.com, 55.com and Dollars.com. We now have a portfolio of 2,000 domain names, including Brain.com, Cocoon.com and CookingRecipes.com.”
DomainCapital.com was listed as the registrant of the domain name prior to it selling according to whois records and Vince Harasymiak from Domain Capital stated “The name was owned by a client, not Domain Capital. We always believed in the value of the name and were happy to participate in a transaction that pleased all parties.” According to Domain Capitals website, “Domain Capital is the first and only financial services company to offer financing to businesses based on the inherent and recognized value of premium domain names.”
Estibot.com appraises Brain.com at $1,250,000.