In a blog post he revealed that he sold the domains because of personal reasons and not because he stopped believing in their potential and value.
He also revealed that he kept the adult domain names and New gTLDs and plans to launch 2 websites selling these: Adult.Domains and The.Domains.
Yes, these are 2 New gTLD domain names.
I don’t for a minute think that Mike chose to keep the adult domains and the New gTLDs. He just wanted to cash out but these domains could not be part of this deal.
I understand that Go Daddy, as a public traded company, doesn’t want to own any adult domain names. But I not sure why the deal did not include New gTLDs.
My guess is that the high AND variable renewal cost makes these domains difficult to be included in large deals. Either that or GoDaddy sees them as a risky investment at this time. Maybe this is something that the industry needs to address.
Michael Berkens plans to be involved in domaining selling the above domain names, writing on TheDomains.com and being part of RightOfTheDot.