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March 24, 2016

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Uniregistry Market Goes Live -  DomainAgents Unveils New Website - .AU Lets CEO Go 

Spring is here and the season isn't the only thing changing. Earlier this year Uniregistry announced they would soon be releasing the successor to their popular DomainNamesSales.com (DNS) aftermarket platform - Uniregistry Market. Today it arrived

In an email to current clients, Uniregistry promised the same solid foundation as DomainNameSales, with faster tools, instant insights and an up-to-date modern user experience, adding "If you already have a DNS account, simply log in to Uniregistry and link to it. This will give you access to all your inquiries right there in the Market."

Domains listed at Uniregistry with a “buy it now” price are eligible for instant checkout through their Registrar. The company noted, "Once added to the market, anyone can find your domains with a simple search from our homepage. You can manage all your sales inquiries with ease using a sales inbox designed specifically for the process of selling domains. Reply, set reminders, quote prices, and do it all from a single interface. Act on individual requests or use our powerful bulk tools to manage everything in an instant. We’ll even help you out with credit card payments, wire transfers, and payment plans."

DomainAgents CEO Phil McKegney

Toronto based DomainAgents.com also released a fully redesigned website and marketplace today. Their announcement said, "Incorporating years of operational experience, user requests, and plans for the future, the new DomainAgents website was developed to be a flexible platform that is intended to grow with the company and its users over the coming years."

CEO Phil McKegney said, "Planning for the next phase of DomainAgents has been in the works since we released the Marketplace feature last year. We’ve been focused on creating the premier Negotiation Platform and Marketplace for both domain owners and end users. DomainAgents works with thousands of buyers and sellers each month to provide a secure and low-friction process to negotiate and complete domain name transactions. By focusing on our core products and strengths we’ve avoided the common pitfalls of spreading ourselves thin. We’ve worked directly with domain buyers and owners to craft the best Negotiation and Marketplace experience in the domain industry.”

Yet another major change today involved a management move rather than a platform makeover. The Board of auDA, the administrator of Australia's .au ccTLD, announced today that it was ending the contract of  long time CEO Chris Disspain who has served the organization for the past 16 years.  Mr Disspain’s contract was due for renewal later this year, but a statement released by AuDa said, "the Board agreed new leadership was required to take the organisation forward."

The Board acknowledged and thanked Mr. Disspain, as founding CEO of auDA, "for the hard work and visionary leadership he has demonstrated throughout his tenure, helping to cement the organisation’s standing as a one of the world’s best practice ccTLD managers."

auDA’s current Chief Operations and Policy Officer, Jo Lim has been appointed Acting CEO and the Board will undertake an executive search to fill the position vacated by Mr Disspain, over the next six months.

Chris Disspain

We first had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Disspain (as well as current AuDA Board member and veteran entrepreneur/domain investor Simon Johnson) at the 2008 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Down Under conference in Australia and wish the widely respected executive the best in his next position. 

(Posted March 24, 2016)

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