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VPN.com Brings Sharjil Saleem Onboard to Launch Company's New Domain Brokerage Service

Seeing Sharjil Saleem's name has become a familiar sight on our Year To Date Top 100 Domain Sales Charts over the past couple of years. In 2017 he had six of the year's biggest sales and he followed that up in 2018 by putting three more on the elite list. Sharjil's biggest headliner was the $2 million sale of ETH.com, one of the three biggest sales reported in 2017. 

Sharjil's string of successes caught the eye of VPN.com CEO Michael Gargiulo who decided to kick off 2019 by adding a Domain Brokerage division to the company's services. Sharjil was the guy Michael felt he needed to launch the brokerage service for premium domains and he just let us know that Saleem accepted his offer to become VP of Domains at VPN.com.

In a post on his LinkedIn page, Gargiulo noted, "Since purchasing VPN.com for nearly $1,000,000 in 2017, we have been flooded with broker, buy and sell requests from hundreds of domainers across the globe.  

Sharjil Saleem
Vice President of Domains

Sharjil and I launched vpn.com/broker to help acquire and sell premium domains for these brands and individuals who understand their value and want access to our network." 

VPN.com CEO Michael Gargiulo

A quick look at the VPN Domain Brokerage page already shows an impressive list of domains the firm is handling, including DL.com, BTM.com, GTA.com, SAN.com, FAV.com, J8.com, Samurai.com, Shock.com and LocalNews.com, to name just a few. Gargiulo said the company has already closed some sales and predicted they would end up brokering $25 million worth of sales in 2019.

Michael alone has bought and sold more than 600 domains. His acquisition of VPN.com was the 7th largest publicly reported transaction in 2017, coming in at $976,730. A capsule bio on VPN.com says, "Michael  can help you acquire or sell your name with many existing contacts. Moving quickly on large 7-8 figure deals is where he excels. One of his favorite transactions was CoolMathGames.com, which he contracted for $1.8 million."

(Posted January 7, 2019)  

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