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How we went to ICANN44 in Prague and met one of the biggest domainer in the world

Sometimes you get a great idea about a web site. You check the availability of that domain name on your iPhone (and you can do that with our iPhone app), maybe you register a domain name, and that’s that.

However there’s a different world. There’s a world where people live this every minute of every day. There’s a world where companies and even individuals register several hundred thousand domain names, even 1 million. Can you imagine that? The man I am about to introduce even applied for his own TLD’s. 54 of them. Have I mentioned that one of his companies Uniregistry is about to shell out around 60 million $ to secure them? They are applying for: art, auction, audio, auto, blackfriday, cas, christmas, click, country, deal, design, diet, family, fashion, flowers, free, furniture, game, garden, gift, gratis, guitars, help, hiphop, home, hosting, inc, juegos, link, lol, love, marketing, media, mom, news, photo, pics, pizza, property, racing, realestate, restaurant, sale, save, school, sexy, shopping, store, style, tattoo, team, tech, video, yoga. Which do you like?

Frank Schilling plans to own a good portion of the new Internet

Frank Schilling plans to own a good portion of the new Internet

Frank Schilling. Frank Schilling. Frank Schilling! If you spent at least one hour researching the domaining industry, his name will popup. If you are a domainer, you didn’t have to read his name three times. Just for the sake of the interview, let’s mention Schilling own Wikipedia page.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Schilling

If you are looking for a definition of a domain investor, Schilling’s it. His portfolio of domain names is one of the largest privately owned, and estimated to be valued in the vicinity of $500 million dollars.

Like Mike Mann (who’s interview we published recently), Schilling also has a patent. He has a “Generic Top Level Domain Rerouting System”.
http://www.google.com/patents/US20030182447?dq=Generic+Top+Level+Domain+Rerouting+System&ei=bau0T5PpMcrWsgbw4bXeAg

I love domain patents, so I will briefly explain what Schilling patent does.
A domain name server is provided with a set of pseudo domains corresponding to typographical variation of registered domains. The domain name server is configured to provide an error-correction response to a query corresponding to a pseudo domain. The domain name server may be implemented as a TLD server, a root server, or as an adjuct to a network DNS cache, among other embodiments.
In plain english, it means that if a user typres in whoapi.vom, the browser would open whoapi.com instead of the typed in address. On more information about how the DNS works, check out this awesome video!

I actually had the opportunity, pleasure and honour to meet Frank in person just a week ago! We were both at the ICANN44 conference in Prague. I think it’s definitely worth mentioning that apart from such a huge success Frank has had with his domain business, he is still a down to earth, outgoing, easy to talk to guy. Prior to meeting him I had huge expectations, and Frank impressed me. You should definitely check out a comprehensive story about him called “Nice guy finishes first“, because beneath all that success, Frank is still a nice guy. And that my fellow entrepreneurs was so impressive to see!

WhoAPI was at the ICANN conference

WhoAPI was at the ICANN conference

Goran Duskic

I am the founder and CEO of WhoAPI with decade of experience in business development, online marketing strategy in the hosting and domain industry.

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Ruby code example for WhoAPI

For a long time we were missing “code example” for a popular programming¬†language Ruby! Luck wanted me to be a guest speaker on a pannel discussion during Web Industrija (last Thursday). Although the pannel discussion was really interesting (From ideas to investments), and guests congratulated me, we have a much more interesting announcement :)

During the Web Industrija I met Alexander Rusa from Emerion. Alexander loves Ruby, and it was very kind of him to provide us with an example for such a fantastic language! When he is not writing cool Ruby code for hot startups, he is working at Emerion, one of the hosting companies in Austria.

Same as examples above. We’re going to check if the domain name “whoapi.com” is available. If error occurs it will be translated automatically, if not you should see “1″ (domain taken) as a resulting string.

Domain availability API - Ruby

Goran Duskic

I am the founder and CEO of WhoAPI with decade of experience in business development, online marketing strategy in the hosting and domain industry.

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WhoAPI – Seedcamp 2011 participant

Do you have a startup or are you thinking about starting one? Ever heard of Seedcamp? Well, there’s a great free eBook with gathered knowledge, tips and tricks from over 30 startups, including WhoAPI! You will certainly learn a lot about the Seedcamp experience, the participants, ¬†and prepare yourself for what to expect if applying.

Startup Now: A Guide from the Seedcamp 2011 participants

Goran Duskic

I am the founder and CEO of WhoAPI with decade of experience in business development, online marketing strategy in the hosting and domain industry.

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