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Good Aftermarket News, a Great New Book, the Rise of Radix, Sunrise for .Giving and Epik's New CEO! 

I normally like to do an individual post for each item in The Lowdown, but I have had so many interesting items come in I decided to bring them all together for this end of the week wrap up. I'll give you the basics about each item, along with a link to get full details - information that I hope will set you up for some very enlightening weekend reading.

For starters, with all of the turbulence in the general economy, domain investors are paying close attention to aftermarket results in an effort to get a handle on how domain sales are being affected. The latest Liquid Market Report from GGRG brokerage (the 23rd quarterly issue in this series) covering the 3rd quarter of 2022 included some encouraging news for at least one important segment of the market. 

"Liquid Domains" is GGRG's term for short acronym and numeric domains that, due to steady demand, tend to have more liquidity than most other domain categories. These are .com domains comprised of 2-4 letters, 2-5 numbers or a combination of 2-3 characters mixing letters and numbers. GGRG Founder Giuseppe Graziano 

reported sales disclosed by ShortNames.com doubled from $10 million in the previous quarter  to $20 million in Q3-2022. Not only that, sales volume at Escrow.com went up from $5.5 million to $23.2 million, a remarkable 313% increase!  Be sure to check out the full report for a detailed breakdown of how the individual categories within the liquid class fared.

Now, if you want to dig into some serious reading about the current tenuous state of geopolitical cybersecurity, a well-known figure in our space, Khaled Fattel, Chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Multi-Lingual Internet Group (MLi Group) has a best selling new book out. The synopsis for Survivability (Confronting the Unprecedented Risks of Today’s Geo-Poli-Cyber™ Threatened World to Competitively Thrive in the 21st Century) notes "In 2020,the COVID-19 pandemic exposed western democracies’ systemic failure to prepare for a precedented threat. This cost too many lives that could have been saved. Moreover, it exposed grave malfunctions in the current global world order—and its economic, legislative, regulative, and democratic models and institutions. It also crystalized that cyber security defenses and designs accepted as gospel are no longer fit for the purposes of defending the nation, businesses, and protecting the citizen.

Consider governmental failures to prepare for a pandemic they were warned about. Will yours be ready for cyber terrorism? Election meddling? Fake news? How about sinister 

exploitations of IOT, AI, and quantum computing? Overall, is your government prepared to mitigate Geo-Poli-Cyber™ attacks? This book explores those certainties and new paths forward."

You can get Khaled's timely new book at Amazon

As most of our readers know, new gTLD domain registry operator Radix is currently commemorating their 10th anniversary with a big We Are X celebration. The latest twist in the party is a trip down memory lane by way of a 10 Years of Radix infographic (.pdf file) the company built to highlight Radix's milestones and key achievements over the past decade. It all began in 2012 when Radix applied for 31 new TLD extensions. They emerged from the competition with the 10 solid TLDS that have underpinned Radix's rapid growth - .online, .tech, .site, .store, .host, .website, .fun, .space, .press and .uno. Happy Anniversary Radix!

 

Speaking of new TLDs - another one just launched this week! The latest newcomer is .GIVING, a new TLD launched by the Public Interest Registry (PIR), who is already known far and wide as the administrators of .ORG. .GIVING entered Sunrise Thursday (October 13, 2022), giving holders of a trademark that has previously been verified by the Trademark Clearing House an opportunity to secure their name before General Availability begins on January 20, 2023.

.GIVING can be used by any mission-driven organization – including for-profit entities – to establish a standalone website dedicated to a specific fundraising effort, serving as a complement to its primary website. For example, a for-profit entity could create a separate website or microsite using the .GIVING domain for a 

purpose-driven fundraising campaign conveying a strong, dedicated commitment to supporting a mission-driven purpose distinct from their for-profit operations.

Last but not least (though definitely late on my part), I want to share the news that was released during NamesCon Global last month about domain registrar Epik getting a new CEO in veteran technologist and entrepreneur Brian Royce. Brian steps in for Epik Founder and previous CEO Rob Monster who decided to move into a non-executive role as Chairman of the Board. Rob noted that Brian had joined Epik earlier this year as EVP Operations and quickly made an impact across several areas of the business. You can expect Brian to keep Epik on the proven track that Rob blazed. Brian said, "We are committed to our mission of helping entrepreneurs and domain investors make a profit and be successful!”

I had actually gotten the news about the changeover directly from Rob when he introduced me to Brian at an evening social event at NamesCon the night before the official press release went out. I was tied up covering the show that week so didn't have a chance to write about anything else until after the conference. Then, shortly after I had gotten home and started 

 

Brian Royce
CEO, Epik

catching up, Hurricane Ian appeared in the Gulf of Mexico, heading north and predicted to smash directly into the Tampa Bay area where we are located. We started battening everything down for the storm that we all now know took an unexpected early turn into the Fort Myers area, 75 miles south of us. We wound up being unscathed here but our hearts ache for our friends and fellow Floridians further down the coast who have been devastated by Ian. It will be a long road back for that beautiful part of the Sunshine State but the region and its people, working together, will get the job done. 

 

Wishing you all blue skies and a great weekend and we'll be back here next week, same time, same channel!

(Posted August 14, 2022)  


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