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Domainchy launch and pitch at GOAP

Can this much good news fit into one blog post? I’ll try.

We launched Domainchy, and you can follow Domainchy on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. So what’s Domainchy about and who is it for? Domainchy is a white label iPhone app that hosting companies can integrate in their billing/ticket system. If you are a hosting company you probably know what that means, but just for the sake of content marketing or visitors that don’t understand, let me explain or skip the next paragraph.

Domainchy uses WhoAPI to deliver information about domains

Domainchy uses WhoAPI to deliver information about domains

People and companies that use hosting services often have smart phones with them. We are particularly interested in +200 million iPhone users. And often their website or email aren’t working when they are not in the office. Also, they get this wild ideas when they are in the pub, cafe bar, supermarket. What they want then is to open a support ticket, check domain availability, order hosting, or just check their profile and unpaid invoices. When you are in a hurry, and mobile, it’s difficult to use a full blown website. Especially if you just want to do a simple task such as opening a ticket or ordering a domain name. We even asked some of our clients (while we were a hosting company), and a lot of them said they would like to use such an app if it existed.

Since we are really passionate about the hosting industry, and the web we wanted to make their job easier. Domainchy helps hosting companies reach their customers and prospective clients while they are on the GO. It also helps them increase branding as their clients will perceive them as innovative (introducing something that’s unique and high tech) with great customer care. Why customer care? Well Domainchy helps hosting users do what they love? Checking if a domain name is available, and providing information about the ones that are not. Where does that information come from? Well, none other than WhoAPI! But Domainchy isn’t just fun, it helps users reach their hosters faster than ever before. So, if you are paying hosting service to someone, tell your hoster you would like to use Domainchy. And if you are a hosters, ask yourself, wouldn’t you like to use an app like this?

WhoAPI will pitch on the GOAP event 26th September in Zagreb

WhoAPI will pitch on the GOAP event 26th September in Zagreb

At the same week we received news that our application to pitch at GOAP event in Zagreb was approved. Which means that we will pitch in front of around 300 people including investors, media, startups and industry experts. Since Saša Cvetojević (angel investor from Croatia) publicly said in local newspapers that pitches have to be perfect, there’s no real pressure on startups and presenters :D

It’s been a year since my last pitch. Last September and October were pretty epic with the HackFwd and Seedcamp. It seems that part of the year is ideal for WhoAPI to pitch. We hope to see you there.

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Get advanced domain data like structured whois info, domain availability, spam blacklists check, server uptime from all our world wide nodes and many more valuable data. All that in XML and JSON well-structured fields, easily parsed with php, .net, ruby and other programming languages. WhoAPI is a good solution for automated and mass 'domain details' requests.

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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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