The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign registered the ultra-generic Tech.com in September of 1992 – two full years before launching their successful Internet Relay Chat server (IRC) that some of us spent hundreds of hours on.
Tech.com was intended to be the online home of the University-sponsored Research Park; however, several different sites were hosted on Tech.com since then.
Currently, information about research done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been utilized commercially by external companies and is presented at Tech.com in the form of a technology blog or gazette.
With all the big brains that have passed through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one would expect that they’d realize the high value of the domain name, Tech.com and would have utilized it in a better way.
Apparently, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was recently contacted by a third party interested in the domain name Tech.com. Even at this point, the Office of Technology Management (OTM) has no clue how to value the domain.
Valuate.com calculates the value of Tech.com to $773,000
We’ll have to wait and see whether the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is actually willing to place one of its most precious assets, Tech.com onto the chopping block; apparently there are more than 700 domains under its command, according to DomainTools.