Francois closes down Lend.me, relocates Valuate.com – plus membership discounts

French domain entrepreneur, Francois Carrillo, announced some news today, about changes to his domain-related projects. Valuate, an automated domain valuation system, will be relocating its functions to Domaining.com/valuate. The domain Valuate.com is now available for sale, as is Lend.me, via the CAX.com domain sales platform. Francois wants to take advantage of the traffic popularity of […]

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What is your Domainer Size?

Some domainers allegedly have large ones, others don’t pack as much as they claim to. Others, keep quiet about it altogether but rumors do circulate. In the close-knit world of domain investing, there is only one way to find out: measure it. The easiest method to find out the size of your domain portfolio – […]

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Fun Estibot glitch fails to valuate expensive domain name!

A DNForum member from Greece has uncovered a glitch with popular domain evaluation tool, Estibot. The glitch affects other tools that use the Estibot API, such as Valuate.com by Francois Carrillo. Clearly an issue with how domains are parsed, Estibot does not recognize that the domain name www.com is valid, as apparently it strips any […]

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For real: Francois shuts down Valuate.com to protest SOPA

Our parody article yesterday about Domaining.com shutting down to protest the SOPA bill, inspired its owner, French domain entrepreneur, Francois Carrillo. Francois operates Valuate.com – a web site designed to deliver automatic evaluation of domain names. The web site now forwards to SOPAStrike.com, after Francois decided to participate in the global protest against the SOPA […]

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iCloud.com on Valuate: oops!

A picture is worth a thousand words 😀 Not as bad as the “banana” snafu 😀

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Six months later, Tech.com has NOT changed ownership

Back in mid-July 2010 we discussed how the Illinois University at Urbana-Champaign was contemplating to sell one if its biggest non-tangible assets, the domain name Tech.com Despite an apparent urge at that time by certain authorized people belonging to the University’s Office of Technology Management, six months have passed with no movement on their part. […]

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How BIG is your banana?

Every domain property has a value these days; despite the numerous automated evaluation services, there is little agreement on how domainers evaluate domain names – especially generics. Take for example the domain name Banana.com – owned by the Castello Brothers. Banana is a nutritious fruit, liked by many people around the world. In the tropics, […]

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The Illinois Domain Project

The Illinois University at Urbana-Champaign made the domainer news recently, with the announcement that due to budget cuts they are looking to find a buyer for their top-tier domain, Tech.com Not only is the Illinois University at Urbana-Champaign tech-savvy, it is also one of the oldest educational institutions to have integrated the modern methods of […]

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Domainer beware: Vultures prey on generics

No sooner did we announce that the cash-strapped University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign considers putting its ultra-generic domain, Tech.com on the market for sale – the vultures rushed in. Smelling fresh domainer flesh, the predators started lowballing this magnificent and truly ancient domain that was registered in 1992. “I’ll give you a suitcase full of […]

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Fund-strapped University has high hopes with Tech.com

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 […]

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Oranges and Lemons should not be mixed together in domains!

I’m sure you’ve read about the new venture by Francois of Domaining.com – it’s called BargainDomains.com Essentially, it’s a new marketplace with a lower revenue goal than typical domain selling platforms, which often delusion domainers with high reserve prices. In fact, the domains listed there are especially priced for domainers – who *love* good deals […]

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Francois reveals the genius algorithm behind the domain tool at Valuate.com

Sponsored by CarrotJuice.com It has been several days now that the new brainchild of Francois – Valuate.com – has been issuing remarkably accurate domain evaluations; the estimates are matching real world sales with an incredible precision. The tool publicly discloses that it’s running Estibot 2.0 – the artificial intelligence engine created by Finnish neurosurgeon Dr. […]

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