Life After Afternic: CircleID Interview With Roger Collins
Date: Saturday January 18 2003, @03:00AM
Topic: Registrars

AF writes "In a recent interview with Roger Collins, president of ProProject and the new owner of Afternic.com, CircleID investigates the logics behind ProProject's recent purchase and strong belief in the pursuit of domain name secondary market. Once known as a primary domain name auction site, Register.com had purchased Afternic.com in the September of 2000 for $48 million in cash and stock--2 years later the site was shut down as money-losing unit until ProProject came along."

"In one question raised by CircleID, Roger Collins explains: 'If you look closely, you'll see that these companies [VeriSign & Register.com] did not abandon the secondary market; they are only changing how they reach it. VeriSign is replacing GreatDomains with its Name Store concept, which attempts to reach buyers and sellers of registered domains through the registrars. I can't discuss Register.com's plans, except to say that the announcement on Afternic.com before it closed said that its Virtual Broker (a service that lets buyers make offers and negotiate on any registered domain name) would be available on Register.com.'"

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