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  • 5 Interviews .XYZ Daniel Negari “Who Has Made $6.4 Million” on .xyz

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on March 27th,the has published a featured story on an interview of .XYZ CEO Daniel Negari in a story entitled “Fierce struggle for internet’s future is like Wild West” with the subtitle: “The floodgates have opened for billions of new domain names to rival the iconic dot-coms, prompting a ‘Wild West’ land grab. One successful speculator, Daniel Negari, talks to the Telegraph about the profit – and lawsuits – it’s brought him”

Here are the more interesting quotes from the story:

“Entrepreneur Daniel Negari launched a start-up in the US based around his purchase of dot-xyz and dot-college. The former has already made him $6.4m”

“He has “several” others that he’s bought from the original winners on the open market that are yet to be announced.

The competition is “fierce”, says Negari, and has created a “Wild West” scenario where investors are making a land grab for the future of the internet.

“His company, gen.XYZ, has been created to monetise his TLDs by selling domains wholesale to registrars for $8 each. Dot-xyz already has 840,000 registered domain names; they’ve sold well in emerging markets where internet users are not conditioned to see dot-com as the only reputable choice.”

“In China for example, the letters dot-com don’t mean anything to them. With dot-xyz, it also doesn’t mean anything, but at least they can remember it because they know their ABCs,” Negari said.

He believes that the new TLDs “will slowly chip away at the dominance” of dot-coms. “It gives people a better naming option.”

The problem being that dot-com has been around so long that it can be hard to claim short, memorable domain names that haven’t already been registered.

Promoting this issue has caused problems with the company that manages dot-com, Verisign; it’s suing Negari for false advertising over a video (shown below) which claims it’s “impossible” to buy the right dot-com address.

The lawsuit also takes issue with claims that dot-xyz is the most popular of the newly-launched TLDs. They argue that many of the 800,000 domain names were actually given away for free to make it look more popular in league tables of registrations.

“This is the Wild West,” said Negari. “There’s upstarts like mine that are coming out and saying ‘hey, dot-com, we’re here to play’, and then the 800lb gorilla’s pounding on its chest and saying ‘oh, we’re just going to crush you’.

“That’s why they’re suing me, right? If you read the lawsuit it’s pretty much rubbish. It’s focused on them trying to bully me, to be unfair, to slow down the competition.”

Verisign has not publicly said what it’s motivation was for bringing the action, and was not willing to provide a comment for this story when contacted.

Negari denies claims that he gave away domains because of any ulterior motive, and says that even once they’re removed from the equation dot-xyz is still the most popular new TLD. It would have around 500,000 registrations compared to the 200,000 under the second largest, dot-club.

“They’re suing for false advertising, and that’s one of the items… claiming that dot-xyz is actually not the number one new domain extension, when in reality it is, even if you take out the free domains. We’re still number one by far,” Negari says.

“That was a registrar promotion that we had limited involvement with. The registrar came to us and said ‘hey, we want to buy a certain amount of domain names’ and we were like ‘great’. And then they decided to give it away to their customer base. I’m not going to say no to that.”

Despite the problems surrounding the lawsuit, Negari hopes that dot-xyz will become as common a sight online as dot-com is today, and that such expansion is vital because of the increasing number of people online and soaring demand for domain names.

“I think that over the next five or ten years there’s going to be over a billion domain names in existence, and right now there’s 300m domain names in existence,” he said. “ There’s people in China coming online today who have never had reliable internet access.

“My dream and my passion behind dot-xyz is for it to truly become for every website everywhere. We made my application fee back in a few days, really. It’s been an amazing run. The economics of the business are fantastic. There’s no better business in the world.”

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