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First Domains From Donuts Start Coming Out of the Oven Wednesday When Open Registration Begins

A lot of money is riding on new gTLDs and no one has placed a bigger bet on them than Donuts. The new registry operator raised over $100 million to apply for more than 300 new domain extensions and finally Donuts delivery day has arrived. Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, January 29, 2014) the general public can start registering domains in the first seven Donuts TLDs to hit the open market - .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES and .VENTURES. The names will be available through dozens of registrars around the world. 

Though this will be a landmark release for Donuts, it will be just the first of almost weekly waves of  new gTLDs they plan to release throughout 2014. The next batch - another group of seven (they must believe in lucky numbers) - will hit shore a 


week from tomorrow (Feb. 5) when .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY all open for business. 

Donuts has already signed final contracts with ICANN to operate 105 new gTLDs and they expect to add many more to their portfolio in the weeks and months ahead.  Donuts Co-Founder and CEO Paul Stahura (an industry veteran who built one of the world's biggest domain registrars, eNom, before selling that company to Demand Media) said, Starting this week, new, relevant and specific Internet naming options will be available on a scale never before seen. This is a unique opportunity for businesses, brands, organizations, and individuals to find an online identity that speaks precisely to their products, services and interests.” 

Another Donuts Co-Founder, Executive Vice President Jonathon Nevett added, “We have ambitious goals as part of our commitment to leading the development and innovation of the new gTLD marketplace. Reaching 105 gTLDs under contract is a good landmark, but we won’t be satisfied until all of our remaining contracts are completed and all our gTLDs are fully available to the public.”

Paul Stahura
Donuts Co-Founder & CEO

(Posted January 28, 2014)

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