Of course I have to chime in on the beatdown of Juan Calle and dot co regarding the video of the LeWeb “Couldn’t get the dot com so I’ll take the dot co” story.
Let’s start at the very beginning. Colombia was stuck with a name that immediately labeled it as a typo of dot Com. Investors didn’t view it an investment in an emerging tld but rather a chance to get some free traffic. Negativity from the get go in the footsteps of the dot cm disaster. Along come the dot co team and does an excellent job marketing the name as a better alternative tld for individuals and businesses. Yet before the launch, a pre-deal is done with Mike Mann, one of the largest mass domain registrants in the world. Evidently someone that Juan Calle is completely against until renewal time comes around.
And then there is the holding names for ransom or cybersquatting that evidently Calle doesn’t like. The best example I can think of is when a registrar holds the best names back and gradually releases them to auctions to the highest bidder or chooses who gets them. Oh wait, dot co does that. I have no problem with doing this and financially its the right thing to do ,but they are essentially holding the names until they get what they want or it doesn’t get released. Squatting on them. Its ok if you are the registry but not if you are an investor. Calle says
If you’re a cybersquatter, or even a mass speculator, leveraging technology to register thousands of names, please do so in someone else’s backyard.
I’m sorry Mr. Calle, but speculators got you where you are today. Not the beautiful dot Co girl you let me put my arm around, but speculators like me. Ok not me, I own three dot cos. But people like Jake Ackerman who bought hundreds and hundreds of dot co hoping to resell them. In masses. Do you not like Jake Ackerman? Jake is one of the nicest guys I know. Heck, he’s Mormon. But he fits completely your definition of people you are against. Jake and the people like him built you.
If Calle is so interested in mass buys why not limit ownership to 10 names, 50 names? That would stop it. I know why. Because its part of the marketing plan. It’s much better to market to businesses if you pretend that the market is made for them. That you are taking a stand against the people that are hogging all the good names. Meanwhile, two press releases later patting one’s self on the back for reaching target registration numbers built by the speculators.
If Le Web could get the dot com they would have. Lets not pretend any differently. DNW already pointed out they tried stealing the dot com even though it was registered before their company was founded. Now the big announcement of the dot Co switch. Ironically the people that know the truth are the domain investors and squatters.
I am all for settling. You can’t have everything in life you want. I want 5 acres of oceanfront property in Laguna Beach. I wasn’t around to buy it cheap. I had to settle for land elsewhere and I’m happy with it. If you buy a dot co you are settling because you couldn’t get, afford, or want to pay for the dot com. Nothing wrong with this, but to say anything different would be naive or biased. That being said, there are those that believe in dot co and are willing to put their money into the tld and today their leader told them he doesn’t want them to do that. You are welcome to buy a few but if you buy a lot, move along.
You better do what he says.
Edited 5/10 8:30 pm: To change incorrect facts in the original article