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Brent Oxley on His $10 Million Portfolio, and Why He's Selling His Domains at NamesCon

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By James Iles, Dec 24, 2018
  1. Brent Oxley is an important part of the Internet's history. Back in 2002, Brent founded HostGator, a hosting company that quickly became one of the most popular hosting services in the world with Inc. Magazine ranking HostGator as 21st on its list of fastest growing companies in 2008. By 2012, Brent sold the company for $225 million.

    In the last couple of years, Brent has become an active part of the domain industry, acquiring an incredible array of one-word .COM domains likely costing in excess of $10 million. Recently, Brent opted to list the majority of his domain names at the upcoming NamesCon auction. In this interview, we talk to Brent about his impressive portfolio and why he's opting to sell his names.


    When did you first consider domain names as a viable form of investment?


    How many domain names do you own now and could you name your favorite domain you own?


    What is the largest offer you have rejected for an individual domain in your portfolio?


    The NamesCon auction lists many of your domains. Why did you opt to list these names?


    How many domains do you hope to sell through this auction?


    Are you still bullish on domain names as an investment? Will you continue buying?

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    This interview has been edited for clarity

    Thanks to Brent for taking the time to answer these questions. For a full list of Brent's domain names that are listed in the upcoming NamesCon auction, you can download the text file below.

    Hat tip to @Michael Cyger for the interview suggestion.
     

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    About The Author — James Iles

    James is a domain name industry professional currently working on numerous domain industry research, acquisition and sales projects. Contact [email protected] For all inquiries relating to NamePros stories and interviews, please email: [email protected]

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  6. AuctionBio

    AuctionBio Top Contributor VIP

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    A nice read, also a motivational that domaining is not an dying art yet and wont be soon.
    a great portfolio specially mentioned above.
    Best of luck and will be looking for your sales.
     
  7. JeffreyL

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    Thanks for sharing... looking forward to following your journey.
     
  8. TheDnSeller

    TheDnSeller Upgraded Member Gold Account

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    I was a Hostgator customer for nearly a decade. It all went downhill after Brent sold it.

    l had to look for another hosting afterwards.
     
  9. TheDnSeller

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    Good Wishes for the Next Venture and Domain Names though!
     
  10. The Durfer

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    awesome interview. ty.
     
  11. pokainc

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    sooo many insanely good names.... give.com among them.. wow...
     
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  13. Avijit Roy

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    Great to hear...
     
  14. Recons.Com

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    Brent is a great guy. Hope it works as planned for him.
     
  15. WingMan

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    I will go nut.com if I had any of those names. Nice portfolio (y)
     
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    I am guessing none were rejected. :xf.smile:
     
  17. BestDomains2828

    BestDomains2828 Restricted (Market)

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    I wish I had these fund to invest in domaining.
     
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    HostGator was a darling in those days.
     
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