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 The applications were withdrawn in time to receive a 70% refund for each of the $185,000 application fees.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.
Yeah, but can you comment on the fact that when Godaddy bought out Berkens, they sifted out his newgtld portfolio, and did the same with the deal with Schilling? They did not buy any of the newG’s.
Agree, though I’d be surprised if they bought any of the new tlds own by Uni/North Sound either. These guys are savvy and will only buy good quality assets. M
Mark Thorpe says
Donuts will probably buy the new gTLD registry eventually IMO.
GoDaddy also “owns” the .ME registry
So GoDaddy has first hand experiance, knowledge and understanding of the Registry business.
I am sure Frank would have been smart enough to sell those assets already, as after the fact he would have no leverage.