Type Private Company
Industry Domain Registrar
Founder(s) William Mushkin
Headquarters Denver, Colorado,
United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people

William Mushkin
(Founder) & (CEO)
Anne Keener
Scott McBreen
(Business Administration Manager)
Owen Borseth
(Senior Software Engineer)
Dave McBreen
(Senior Software Engineer)

Paul Carter
(Director of Operations)
Products Web Services
Website is an ICANN accredited domain name registrar and web hosting company.


History was founded in 2003, by Bill Mushkin, who previously founded the computer software company, Mushkin Inc. in 1994.[1] Mushkin bought the company Spot Domain LLC ( in 2002. There are currently three registrars in the group:, and[2]

Services offers more than 50 gTLD and ccTLD extensions and an aftermarket domain brokerage. Customers have over one million domain names registered with the company.[3] offers domain registrations with free Google Apps.[4] Name also recently introduced two factor authentication. [5]

Additional projects

The employees at have worked on additional side projects, including, and[6]

Domain tasting allegation

In 2007, was accused of trademark infringement by Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. The companies declared the domain registrars and Spot Domain had registered over 40 domains of various misspellings, such as and These domains failed to show accurate contact information or provided false details.[7] In the complaint, which was filed in March 2007, in the US District Court in Denver, the high-end retailers sought damages of at least $100,000 per name.[8]

Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman claimed that the registrars were taking advantage of their special status with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to secure misspelled domains during the five-day grace period, and paying only for the ones with valuable revenue. This practice, called domain tasting, resulted in cybersquatting on various trademarked names. Neiman Marcus had accused the registrar Dotster in 2006 of the same infringement.[9] Mushkin, however, denied the accusations of "domain tasting," explaining that and Spot Domain were merely registrars, caught in the crossfire. He also argued that "the industry is young," and the issues were not clear-cut. In the settlement, there were several stipulations imposed on the companies and Spot Domain. Mushkin declined to specify the agreement that was reached.[2]


The site features an assortment of causes supported by[6] The company has supported a range of non-profits, including a small literary magazine in South Africa, Amazwi, and a well-known local organization, Environment Colorado. Many of the charities featured are small, grassroots efforts, though Susan G. Komen and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are listed as well.[10]

Apart from the listed donations, has been involved in several other charitable efforts. The company has a bike-to-work incentive program which involves payback for a new bicycle.[11] Though the project appears to be at a standstill, worked briefly on a system of maps for,[12] and offered to guide interns in their Denver office.[13] In April, 2008, went to London for the Webby’s People’s Voice Awards, sponsored by The Public Interest Registry, the registry behind the .ORG extension. sponsored at the event, which featured a panel of non-profits, including Greenpeace and Wikipedia.[14]


  1. ^ "Mushkin". Retrieved 2008-12-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Paton, James. "Paton:Big brands target entrepreneur in domain name battle".  Rocky Mountain News. 30 January 2008. Retrieved on 12 December 2009
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Earth Times Press Release".,654079.shtml. Retrieved 2008-12-12. [dead link]
  5. ^ " domain security measures". [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "About Us Article". Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  7. ^ Paton, James. "Paton:Big brands target entrepreneur in domain name battle".  Rocky Mountain News. 30 January 2008. Retrieved on 12 December 2008.
  8. ^ Jesdanun, Anick. "Neiman Marcus sues over domain names".  Associated Press. March 23, 2007. Retrieved on 12 December 2008.
  9. ^ McCullagh, Declan. "Dotster named in massive cybersquatting suit".  CNET News. June 2, 2006. Retrieved on 12 December 2008.
  10. ^ " Causes". Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  11. ^ " Causes". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  12. ^ " on". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  13. ^ "Summer of Content, OLPC". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Doing Good is Cool Again". Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

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