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Big Honor for Kate Buckley, Monte Cahn Gets His Own TLD  & Domain Sales Break Another Record!

As focused on domain names as so many of us are, it is always a bit disconcerting to see how little attention our industry (and the people in it) get from the mainstream business world. After all, domain names are critically important in branding for every company that does business online and they provide the virtual real estate all of those companies have built their web operations on! 

That being the case, it is really refreshing to see those rare occasions when someone in our field gains recognition from a business media outlet that everyone recognizes, no matter what business they are in. That just happened for Kate Buckley, the founder of Buckley Media and broker of some of biggest domain sales you've seen posted on our charts over the years (a recent example being her $1,008,900 sale of eBike.com in 2021).  Kate, who was the subject of a 2018 DNJournal Cover Story, was just named to the prestigious Forbes Next 1000 list for 2021. The Forbes honor roll recognizes "The Upstart Entrepreneurs Redfining the American Dream."

Kate Buckley
Founder Buckley Media

Forbes noted, "America is rich in small businesses. To shine a light on these entrepreneurial heroes, Forbes created the Next 1000. This year-round initiative showcases the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups in every region of the country - all with under $10 million in revenue or funding and infinite drive and hustle. Fueled by your nominations and screened by top business minds and entrepreneurial superstars, the four installments (250 honorees are named in each quarter) culminates in a list of 1,000 new faces who are redefining what it means to build and run a business today. It's a well-deserved honor for Kate and an accomplishment that also reflects favorably on our industry. Our congratulations and thanks to her.

Monte Cahn

This will go down as a memorable week for another major industry figure, domain pioneer and RightOfTheDot.com President Monte Cahn. Cahn Enterprises, Inc. (the parent company of RightOftheDot), in partnership with domain industry veteran Jeff Neuman and Digital Asset Monetary Network have launched Dot Hip Hop, LLC to serve as the registry operator for the Generic Top Level Domain .hiphop. Another industry veteran, RightOfTheDot's Scott Pruitt, also joins the team as the Director of Marketing.

Dot Hip Hop, LLC purchased the rights to operate the .hiphop domain extension from previous owner, Uniregistry (pending approval from ICANN). Dot Hip Hop, LLC has made it their mission to elevate members of the Hip Hop community by providing them with a domain name that will identify with the art, music, and culture they love. The company will  focus marketing efforts on the potential end-users of the .hiphop domain. Dot Hip Hop, LLC intends to lower the TLD's wholesale pricing, making it easier for customers to create their storefronts and to provide cutting-edge technology to meet the ever-evolving demands of the digital landscape.

Cahn said, I am so very thrilled to be a part of Dot 

Hip Hop! Having a top level domain like .HipHop will provide tens of millions of individuals along with small, medium, and large corporations with online and digital branding solutions that meet the needs of this entire worldwide community. In addition, .hiphop is the perfect digital asset for creative artists, song writers, producers, fashion designers, and lovers of the Hip Hop culture and movement, which continues to grow every day.

One other key note today. The latest edition of GGRG.com's Liquid Market Report, covering the final quarter of 2021, is now out. This is the 22nd edition of the report that focuses on short acronym and numeric .com domains that, due to their popularity, offer a level of "liquidity" that most other domain categories do not.

In the new release, GGRG Founder Giuseppe Graziano reported that, for the second quarter in a row, the liquid market posted a record high in sales volume with Escrow.com ringing up $34 million from this category over the 3-month period. That is an astonishing 67% jump from the then record $20 million logged in the previous quarter. This is further evidence of the aftermarket boom we reported throughout 2021.

Graziano noted that  99% of the Escrow.com sales took place in the categories with the highest development index: $22.2 million in 3-letter .com sales; $6.6 million in 4-letter .com and $5 million in 2-letter. com. 

(Posted January 14, 2022)  

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