Voice.com just sold for $30M, and no, I didn’t add a zero

The domain name world has been buzzing with some pretty incredible news, Go Daddy brokered the domain name Voice.com for a whopping $30M. Now I know what you might be thinking. Was this just the domain name itself or was there a complete business on it generating on ton of revenue.

No business, just the domain.

So now I know what you’re thinking next. Well then it can’t have been an all cash deal.

It was an all cash deal.

At this point I’m sure you want to hear more about the buyer and thanks to Andrew from DomainNameWire.com, there’s now a short Q&A with MicroStrategy (the company that sold the domain) on why they felt $30M was the right price.

In the Q&A MicroStrategy doesn’t go into great detail as to why they felt that Voice.com specifically was worth $30M, instead they said that overall they feel that previous domain sales have undervalued domains. As a domain investor…I’m not going to argue with them, if they think all our sales our too low, more power to them.

This of course begs the question – after this sale are we going to see people increase pricing on their .COM domains, especially premium .COM domains like this?

The timing for this sale couldn’t be better since Domain Investors from around the world are all together in Europe now. I’m looking forward to talking with people about this over the next couple of days to hear everyone’s opinion.

Either way, congrats to the buyer, seller, and way to go Go Daddy on brokering a record-breaking sale. Is this a good omen for NamesCon Europe, I’d say so!

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  • John June 19, 2019, 12:00 pm

    See my long comment at DI about it: https://domaininvesting.com/voice-com-domain-name-acquired-for-30-million/#comment-83832.

    And you being in San Francisco may especially need to see that.

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  • John June 19, 2019, 12:01 pm

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  • Mark Thorpe June 19, 2019, 12:19 pm

    Bought with cash, converted from EOS crypto-currency.

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  • Jose June 19, 2019, 12:45 pm

    This has happened on Nasdaq and is not a normal domain (.com) for what is the world domain market, rather it is a purchase sale of shares on this domain (.com).

    See here what I write in my second comment: https://onlinedomain.com/2019/06/18/domain-name-news/voice-com-domain-name-sells-for-30-million-in-cash/

    Happy Day. Jose.

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  • Gene June 19, 2019, 1:36 pm

    This is a great piece of news, and is incredibly positive for domainers.

    But it should be noted that it’s an even stronger testament to the strength – and long term expectations – of the blockchain/crypto world.

    Morale of the story is that if you own IP that can be leveraged by a successful blockchain company or consortium, take your time with the negotiations to fully extract the real value…like these guys did.

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  • Snoopy June 19, 2019, 4:35 pm

    “This of course begs the question – after this sale are we going to see people increase pricing on their .COM domains, especially premium .COM domains like this?”

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    I think we will be waiting 20 years to see another sale of this size, it is an outlier. But I think overall it will push prices up of one word .com to a degree. Won’t do anything for the rest of the market and may deflate new tlds even further.

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  • Fat Anon June 19, 2019, 10:58 pm

    Keyword here is “see”. Remember most sales go unreported. The buyer is a crypto company which “creates” their own money. They are not in that sort of business where one can be afraid of the audience and/or stackholders questioning their acquisitions of that kind. But many businesses are, and they don’t want publicity when buy domains.

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  • Richard Morris June 21, 2019, 12:55 am

    Just to show how screwed up this industry truly is, I just reg’d VoiceSynchronization.com and paid GD a whopping $8.50 for it. GD says the word “Synchronization” is valued at $2,000, “Voice” is a popular keyword, and “VoiceSynchronization” is highly memorable.

    I’m either drunk out of my mind or in the twilight zone? What do you think?

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