In February 2017, I acquired three auDA accredited Registrars – Drop.com.au; Fabulous.com.au and Yexa.com.au. My eldest son Luke took over the family business of managing our large domain name portfolio. (Based in Brisbane, he’s doing a great job!).
Towards the end of March, I then got an offer for the registrar businesses, and due to a variety of issues, I decided to accept. So now I am just a semi-retired blogger interested in all things to do with domain names (particularly in Australia)! One thing I really enjoy is mentoring new people to the domain investment industry; as well as providing advice to registrants about domain name policy and practice in Australia.
Given my nature, I’m always keen to explore new opportunities – and currently have a project I’m working on in the background.
I’ve also just been appointed as the Demand Class representative on the auDA Policy Review Panel, and I’m grateful to have been recognised in this way. The next 12 months will potentially see some of the biggest changes in the .au namespace.
On a personal level, I love living in Townsville, North Queensland, with my wife Frances (who is a Paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service). Our youngest son Will is currently working in New Zealand, but he will soon be joining the Australian Defence Force.
For the past 10 years, I have been a domain investor (or “Domainer”) dealing in “cyber property”.
What is cyber property? Well, some people are “bricks and mortar” real estate investors – or property developers – or real estate agents.
I’m all of the above – except I do it in the cyber world – buying, selling, trading and developing Aussie domain names and web sites.
This industry is fantastic and constantly evolving. Having been involved for over a decade in one way or another, I have a good feel for the market. It helps knowing many of the key players (both buyers and sellers).
I have also involved myself in a number of auDA Panels and Working Groups – plus spoken at domain conferences.
Some of the domains and websites I have been associated with include (in no particular order):
– Collingwood.com.au; Carlton.com.au; Essendon.com.au; Richmond.com.au
And many, many more ………………..
If you’re interested in finding out what’s happening in the Aussie domain name market, please get in touch.
Best wishes, Ned