Company valuations are not really that difficult. Unless of course the company doesn't exist yet! This is very much the case with the new gTLD registries.
On the first few we did it required extensive research, acid testing hypotheses, and going down a lot of dead in roads. We needed to ensure that the final valuation was realistic and something that would actually be of use. What would the point be if it was just a guess. When we sat back and looked at the final results - we think we have really cracked it!
How did we do it?
The short answer...Read more
New gTLD Registries cannot own their domains! - or can they?
Traditionally registries have been forbidden from owning domains other than for those “reasonable and necessary for the management and operations of the TLD.” New applicants seem to believe that the separation between Registry – Registrar – Registrant doesn’t exist anymore. If those restrictions still exist a number of applicant business plans will be cut to ribbons.
This issue is addressed in Specification 9, section 1, REGISTRY CODE OF CONDUCT of the New GTLD Agreement Specifications page 54.
1.In connection with the operation of the registry for the TLD, Registry Operator will not, and...Read more