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Did MD.com Sell Last Month?

It has been well established that two-letter .COM domains hold significant value for both investors and end-users. Thanks to their scarcity, their ability to instantly instill trust in visitors, and their global appeal, two-letter .COM's are commonly thought to have at least a mid-six-figure valuation.Of course, some names are worth more than others. One of the most valuable could be considered to be MD.com, the abbreviation for a Doctor of Medicine (Medicinae Doctor). The domain had long been the jewel in the crown of the Anything.com portfolio, which also contains names such as Friend.com, Squad.com, and Woman.com.

Domain Name Podcasts: What You Should be Listening To

Last month during a DNAcademy Friday night social, Michael Cyger mentioned that he listens to domain industry podcasts on his daily run. I suddenly realized that while I do subscribe to a few podcasts, I could be listening to more of the great domain industry podcasts that have been released.So, I posted a Tweet asking for some recommendations for domain industry podcasts. Here, alongside my own recommendations, are some of the domain-centric podcasts of note to keep you up to date with the latest happenings of the domain industry. Note that these are in no particular order.

Orchard acquires Orchard.com After Rebranding from Perch.com

In 2017, Court Cunningham and Phil DeGisi founded Perch, a company that acted as a marketplace for buying and selling homes. After starting out on PerchHomes.co, the founders ultimately decided to upgrade to the premium Perch.com name. The venture received plenty of funding, too, with Perch getting $250 million in funding between 2018 and 2019 alone.However, in early 2020, it seemed like the company had taken a step backward. After raising another $36 million in a Series B funding round, Perch abandoned Perch.com and rebranded to Orchard using OrchardHomes.com. According to an article from PYMENTS.com quoting Court Cunningham, Perch rebranded to Orchard because: "we took the opportunity to rethink our name and choose a brand that reflects the things our customers tell us they love about us: warmth, friendliness, and humanity."

Brent Oxley Moves Broker.com, VT.com, Uno.com, and More From GoDaddy to Namecheap

Over the past few years, Hostgator founder Brent Oxley has amassed a portfolio consisting of some of the best .COM domain names in existence. Paying somewhere in the eight-figure range to create the portfolio, Brent has now listed the majority of his domains for sale at Oxley.com.The names on display at Oxley.com include Broker.com, Create.com, and VT.com. One thing that I have always noticed about Brent's portfolio is that it has always been loyally hosted at GoDaddy, with names often being transferred from the likes of Network Solutions and Uniregistry to GoDaddy.

Giuseppe Graziano Launches LMX.com

Liquid domain name broker Giuseppe Graziano, the founder of GGRG, has announced that he is launching a new service. Developing from his LXME platform which enabled users to liquidate certain short domain names, Giuseppe has now launched LMX using the LMX.com domain.According to an email from Giuseppe, the switch to the new LMX brand still offers the chance to acquire high value domains in the following categories:

Facebook Acquires Rooms.com for Messenger Rooms

Facebook has spent millions of dollars on domain name purchases. From the two-letter .COM, FB.com, for $8.5 million to Facebook.com itself for $200,000 as an upgrade from TheFacebook.com (a decision immortalized by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, telling Zuckerberg to "drop the 'the'"). Aside from those two names, the company has purchased Messenger.com, Parse.com, and Internet.org for undisclosed fees.It seems that the company has added to its spending by purchasing the one-word .COM domain Rooms.com, discovered by myself on Twitter, and first reported in the media by Elliot Silver's DomainInvesting.com.