Voice.com domain name sells for $30 million in cash

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MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software, today announced that it has sold the Voice.com domain name for $30 million in cash in a transaction facilitated by GoDaddy and consummated on May 30, 2019. The domain name has subsequently been used by Block.one to launch its new blockchain-based social media platform called Voice.

The domain name Voice.com was registered in 2001, probably after it expired and dropped. It was then purchased by MicroStrategy in May 2005 from someone from China.

“Block.one has made a smart strategic decision in choosing Voice.com to be the internet domain name for its new social media platform. The word ‘voice’ is simple and universally understood. It’s also ubiquitous ― as a search term, it returns billions of results on the internet. An ultra-premium domain name like Voice.com can help a company achieve instant brand recognition, ignite a business, and massively accelerate value creation,” said Marge Breya, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, MicroStrategy Incorporated.

“MicroStrategy holds more than a dozen evocative and powerful domain names. While our focus continues to be on our core analytics and mobility business, we are open to leveraging these domain names in equity or other strategic transactions with well-funded parties,” added Ms. Breya.

Additional ultra-premium domain names held by MicroStrategy include:

Wisdom.com Strategy.com Speaker.com
Alert.com Hope.com Courage.com
Glory.com iDream.com Mike.com
William.com Arthur.com Frank.com
Emma.com Usher.com Michael.com

To learn more about these domain names, please visit www.microstrategy.com/domains.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise analytics and mobility software and services. Our mission is to make every enterprise a more Intelligent Enterprise™. MicroStrategy 2019™ delivers modern analytics on an open, comprehensive enterprise platform designed to drive business results with Federated Analytics, Transformational Mobility, and HyperIntelligence™. To learn more, visit MicroStrategy online, and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

MicroStrategy, Intelligent Enterprise, MicroStrategy 2019, and HyperIntelligence are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He loves domains and building websites. He is online since 1995, learned about html in 1996 and got into domains in 2002. He started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

18 comments

  1. I wonder what they paid in 2005.

  2. Paul Nicks just noted on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/PaulENicks/status/1141040469884977153

    that the $30 million was *before* commission, so the actual price was even higher than $30 million!! Perhaps someone will reach out to the buyer to get the total price actually paid (GoDaddy won’t disclose it, but perhaps the buyer will, given there appears to be no NDA).

    • Konstantinos Zournas

      Yes, I noticed Paul saying that. Let’s see what comes out in the next few days.

      • We’re having problems here too, Konstantinos, but you Europeans have become a little too comfortable with censorship of people’s voice.

      • Konstantinos Zournas

        How is that?

      • How is that? Did you not remove my comment, the substance of which I put in most of the major domain blogs, just as George here has also put his comment seemingly in all the same ones, give or take, my comment simply telling people to read my fuller comment about this topic over at DI?

        Don’t worry – I’m still just honestly asking. Remember the time stamp bug that occurred here recently is in black and white, so who knows, maybe you didn’t remove anything yourself.

      • Konstantinos Zournas

        Your comment was just a link to read your comment on a similar post on another blog. There was no smaller comment here.
        It was rude what you did. Yes, it was deleted.
        You could have copied and pasted your comment.

      • I will not agree that it was rude. Yes it would be rude if the context of the last several years was not already established, in which it is clear that there is no cutthroat competition among the major blogs and it is more like a mutually supportive community, and people continually link from one blog to another so that more or less every blog gets supported with cross linking. But if you were a new blog struggling to get a footing, sure, that would be rude. I already used to just copy things everywhere but I don’t always do that and don’t always like to if a comment is fairly long. Nonetheless, clearly it is your prerogative and right to feel as you do and do as you did, though I wish you had felt differently and not done that. And for the record I’m sure I must have linked to yours in the other blogs many times by now.

  3. By the way how do they pay $ 30 Million in Cash? It is the first time you read something so uncommon.

    Happy Day. Jose.

  4. No domainer would have gotten that price. Not even the best of them. And what price would the best brokers in the industry have asked for? $2 million? $5 million? This sale is magnitudes beyond what anyone in the industry would have fathomed possible before today’s announcement. At the top end of the market: potential gamechanger. Or will it be hard to replicate?

    • Good point, Stanley.

      And I will give you exactly one guess as to which anonymous blog commenter troll has been the consistent champion of trying to awaken “domainers” from their extremely defeated state and lack of vision regarding this very thing for a number of years now even.

    • And make no mistake: I mean awaken and reawaken the luminary giants who have become that way too.

    • I think it will lift prices but it is too much of an outlier for similar transactions to follow.

      Other than a billionaire, what seller is ever going to take a domain to that level? Who is willing to walk away from $25million because they hope to get $30 million? This effect goes right down to 500k on a name like this. If you can’t genuinely walk away from 500k then you’ll probably end up selling for that amount.

  5. After my previous comment where I ask how to pay $ 30 Million in cash?

    When reading the following comments I will describe what I have come to see, intuit how they procenden, is very difficult to control, the stock market offiline and also online years ago worldwide and countries.

    Voice.com is a product of a speculative market of the Nasdaq as an example as I see this online stock market a medium capital company put a domain (.com) of 5 letters at the price per share of $ 50 and investors around the world buy cheap stocks and in a single day get $ 15 million incredible truth, now come the interesting domain (com) only know the investors and the company that in just one day the actions are very important.

    The medium capital company previously subcontracting an online media company, mobile, video, offline and in a single day this domain (.com) is visited by 100 million potential end users, the next day the action has been relavolarized 100 % then the average capital company will sell the stock at the revoked average price and in the end get $ 25 Million round and speculative business from other spheres in which we will never be able to reach these levels.

    During the Internet bubble this system was widely used in products that buy consumers worldwide and in the country.

    Happy Day. Jose.

  6. Apologies write a bad sentence in the first paragraph this is what will be well written: intuit how to proceed, it

  7. There has lately been introduced a plurality of “dot extensions”. This was to make sure that you always could find your domain name.
    One popular among the tech companies is the dot.io.

    But this has not changed the fact the “old” dot.com has increased in value.
    Like myself I am the owner of marketcap.com And from been offered just a few tens of thousands, the bids have increased drastically over the past two years. Much I guess is thanks to the crypto industry.
    So if you have $5m you will have it 🙂

  8. Rick Schwartz penned a blog post a few months back pointing out that single-word domain owners should get ready to ask $10 – $30 million…

    I think sometimes we undervalue domains, and this is obvious when we see that a billboard on a highway can cost $50k/month, high store rents, thousands of dollars a month for a short phone number, expensive advertising on TV, radio or even the Yellow Pages…

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