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Did Zoom pay $2 million for

A clue in Zoom’s IPO filing hints at purchase price.

Late last year video conferencing company Zoom acquired the domain name A new clue suggests that the company might have paid $2 million to acquire the domain name.

Media Options acquired the domain name last year and filed a trademark application to launch a domain name consulting service. Then it sold it to Zoom Communications, which uses the domain

Zoom just filed to go public and its S-1 filing shows intangible asset purchases of $2.018 million in the fiscal year that ended January 31, 2019.

Intangible asset purchase on Zoom S-1 filing

George Kirikos pointed out on twitter that $2.018 million is exactly what the company would have paid if it used to complete a $2.0 million transaction:

It’s possible that Zoom acquired other IP last year, but $2 million seems about right for this domain name given the circumstances.

The last known sales price for was $350,000 in equity back in 2010. That included the domain name and some intellectual property.

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According to a recent Whois update tracked by the DomainTools Registrant Monitor, Google has acquired the domain name. Prior to this most recent Whois change, the domain name had been registered to DNStination Inc., the privacy proxy service operated by MarkMonitor. Jamie Zoch tweeted about the change of registrant earlier this year, and he […]

Zoom Files for IPO, Only References

Zoom, the popular video conferencing company, filed its S-1 paperwork for an IPO, according to this tweet from CNBC this afternoon: Video-conferencing company Zoom files for IPO with over $300 million in sales and even a profit — CNBC (@CNBC) March 22, 2019 Zoom has used the Zoom.US domain names for its website, and […] sells for second time in less than a year sold for the third time in 12 years and the second time in less than one year. The domain closed at $24,555 on NameJet and was the top close for Wednesday. The name sold for just $5,088 in April of 2018. That sale was down from the previous sale 11 years before at $5,805. […]

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Welcome to the latest edition of reporting on the Sedo domain sales; this time we cover the days spanning March 11th, 2019 – March 17th, 2019. This information has been provided by, sponsors of DomainGang. As a side note, GreatDomain auctions at Sedo are now bi-monthly. This report contains 7 domains sold in the […]

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Ron Jackson Finally Owns

For more than a decade, Ron Jackson has been producing his domain industry publication DNJournal.  It’s been regarded as a “go-to” industry publication for his weekly sales reports and his “cover stories”, featuring prominent industry profiles, but did you know that Ron didn’t even own  OMG Ron you don’t own all variations of your domain?  How could you even conduct a successful business?!

The site has always operated under name (DN being an industry acronym for Domain Name) and over the last decade I’d say Ron has done a great job of making that a name we all know and trust.  I would venture to guess most of us in the industry call it by DNJournal.  Even so, from a brand perspective it probably would be smart for Ron to pick up too.  Ron already owns and, in case you were wondering.

A few weeks ago the domain name expired and more recently went to auction at NameJet, with the closing slated for December 22nd. The final sales price ended up being $250.  The winner was none other than Ron Jackson.  There were a couple of bidder IDs that showed up early :  “pheenix”, “aaaaaaaaa” and “thegeneral1979″  but there wasn’t much competition. It really feels like the name was not bid up at all . . . maybe as a courtesy to a really great guy.

Unsure about who was bidding for Ron or if he was bidding, I reached out to make sure he had his sights on this name. He replied with an interesting story about domainers and “dick moves”.

I don’t know if you know the story behind that domain. Goes all the way back to the end of 2002 when I asked people at DNForum to help me pick a name from a few options I listed. They picked DNJournal which I liked best as well, so I registered that name. Within a few days, some other forum member from Canada (forget his name – Lorenzo or something like that) registered and tried to sell it to me. At the time I was too stupid to consider registering other variations of the name. He has held it for 12 years and I was determined I would never let him profit from it (at least from me as I thought his initial action was a dick move). Others who inquired said he wanted $1500. I would have gone that high in this auction but would never have given it to him.”


What do you think?  Was it a “dick move” ?  IMHO it was.
Here’s one the older DNF threads where the former owner talks about owning this name : .  Many of DNFs older threads seem to be missing.

I’m just glad to see after all these years to see Ron the new owner of