With all the news around GoDaddy ( NYSE: GDDY ) acquiring Name Administration Inc, and Uniregistry. There was some of the back and forth between .commers and new gtld fans.
Some made comments saying see GoDaddy did not want the registry business because they are not high on new gtlds.
That’s not true, they made a decision years ago not to compete. They make money in other ways from new gtlds.
Here is the info from the ICANN wiki
The company had originally applied for .home, but in March 2013, the company announced that it was withdrawing its applications for .casa and .home, and only sticking with its Brand TLD application for .godaddy. It was noted that it was withdrawing its applications to focus on its core registrar business, thereby removing competition with competitive applicants it could work with as future registries and eliminating concerns that it will promote its own TLDs ahead of others’. The announcements were made at an event, Registry Days, meant to open a dialogue between the world’s largest registrar and new gTLd applicants. The applications were withdrawn in time to receive a 70% refund for each of the $185,000 application fees.
Mike was actually at Registrar days and pointed this out to me minutes after the deal was announced yesterday.