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Also inside: Our new weekly domain sales report is out with a trio of 6-figure sales at the front of the pack. In addition to leading this week's all extension Top 20 two of those newcomers cracked the first 20 on our Year to Date Top 100. 

 


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The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf

The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Castello Cities Internet Network (CCIN) CEO and President Michael Castello was one of the first true domain name visionaries.  20 years ago,  when only a handful of people even knew what a domain was, Michael knew what they could be. In fact, he was so sure they would irrevocably change the world he started  building what became one of the best portfolios in the domain industry. 

Michael has had many triumphs along the way with the latest and one of his greatest (being announced for the first time in this story) coming New Year's Day when he sold Whisky.com for $3.1 million. It is a name that Michael registered in the earliest days of domaining - when it cost nothing to register a name! 

There is a remarkable story behind the Whisky.com sale, a saga that parallels Michael's compelling personal story recounting the hurdles he had to clear over the years as he climbed to the industry summit. In this new Cover Story Castello tells the entire story in his own words.  
Full Story Here

 Michael Castello



That's a Wrap! Wall to Wall Photos & Highlights from DomainFest 2014 in Hollywood

By Corinne Forti

The 2014 DomainFest conference wrapped up its three-day run at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California April 2, 2014. This year's event marked a return to Tinseltown where it ran from 2007-2009 before moving out to the beach for a four-year run in Santa Monica. In another move aimed at keeping things fresh, DomainFest also hopped from its usual mid-winter spot on the calendar to its first foray in spring.

The agenda also had a different look with new gTLDs getting a bigger place in the spotlight now that they have begun arriving en masse. One thing remained the same though - the great networking opportunities that attendees consistently name as the most important reason they go to industry conferences. If something unique is thrown into the social mix, like this year's private concert by Stone Temple Pilots, so much the better! 

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New Funding & Key Partnership Has CitiesPlanet Poised to Put GeoDomains In Higher Orbit

By Ron Jackson

CitiesPlanet.com, the world’s first full monetization platform for geodomain brands, has announced both a major capital infusion and a partnership with Tallwave, a firm that describes itself as a "first of its kind “commercializor” known for its ability to take early-stage ventures from ideation all the way to sustainable commercialization."

CitiesPlanet.com expects the additional funding and partnership to allow the company to expand its existing client portfolio of 65 city .com brands to thousands of worldwide geodomains in the coming 24 months concurrent with development of the next generation of CitiesPlanet's City in the Box software

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