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Today in The Lowdown: Domain brokerage and consultancy GGRG.com has released their latest free quarterly report on short .com sales and development with a new category - 3-character .coms - added to the mix.

Also inside: Cryptocurrencies are all the rage these days and their popularity has created a run on domain names related to them. In fact one of them leads our latest weekly Top 20 Domain Sales Chart.

 


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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
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf

One of the World's Great Domain Portfolios is On the Market - Why Skip Hoagland Decided It's Time to Sell

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

Over the past couple of years we've seen some pioneering domain investors decide to sell the lion's share of their portfolio. For example, one trailblazer, Michael Berkens, sold most of his vast portfolio to GoDaddy in 2015. However, Michael continues to buy and sell domains - just at a less intensive level that leaves him time to enjoy life. 

What we haven't seen a lot of is someone with a world class portfolio built over multiple decades decide to sell it all - lock, stock and barrel - and ride off into the sunset. Skip Hoagland - a giant in the geodomain space who we profiled in a July 2008 Cover Story - recently made the decision to do just that. The Hoagland portfolio includes monster geo domains like Cuba.com, Atlanta.com, Baltimore.com, Charleston.com and Buenos Aires.com (to name just a few) as well as some top tier 
generic domains like Fishing.com and ChamberOfCommerce.com. A person could make a good living of any one of his domains, so we we wanted to know why Hoagland is ready to let them all go.  Full Story Here.

Skip Hoagland



Lumis.com Co-Founders Show the Domain World is Still a Land of Opportunity

By Ron Jackson

The domain industry has always been one of constant change. So much so that opportunities come and go, often it seems, in the blink of an eye.  Some think the heyday of the entire business has come and gone but newcomers are continually proving there is still plenty of opportunity out there, but it isn't necessarily located where it used to be. 

For most of our readers the business has been all about buying and reselling or monetizing domains from their own portfolio, but that very highly competitive space isn't the only way to fly. Lumis.com, a successful new domain brokerage and digital asset consulting company, is a case in point. 

Lumis was founded just last year by three guys who all entered the domain business less than three years ago. One of them has already helped complete a $2 million domain sale (Freedom.com - the second biggest sale of the year to date). 
Full Story Here
 



Startup Services Provider Enqos is Impressive Encore for Former Marchex Domain Manager Riccardo Soff

By Ron Jackson

I was surprised by how many domain industry veterans I ran into at this year's NamesCon conference in Las Vegas who had launched new companies of their own or were continuing to grow enterprises that they had started up after initially working for others or as independent domain investors. One of them was Riccardo Soff who was the Domain Manager at Marchex when I first met him. After earning at MBA at Oklahoma City University in 2006 Riccardo began his business career with Amazon, then joined giant domain portfolio holder Marchex in 2008 and remained with them for nearly five years.

At NamesCon I learned that Riccardo had co-founded Enqos, a fast rising Seattle-based tech company, with his brother, Sherwyn. Enqos provides Engineering, Marketing and Support services to startup companies and now a roster of clients that includes companies from the Fortune 500 as well as the domain and other industries.   
Full Story Here 

 

Riccardo Soff



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