In 2014, Nick Macario created Branded.me, a digital network that gave its two million members a platform to create a digital brand. That is until February 2017 when Branded.me merged with Outsource.com to become Remote.com. Remote.com is the ultimate resource for remote workers and freelancers, allowing its millions of users to find job opportunities all over the World. In this interview, we speak with Remote.com's CEO Nick Macario to see why he chose to acquire Remote.com and what he did in order to secure the ideal domain name for his company. Can you tell us about the company behind Remote.com? Who came up with the brand name of “Remote” initially, and how did the brand name originate? Did you consider any other names before settling on Remote.com? How did you first go about finding out that Remote.com was available to buy? Was it a case of contacting the owner, or was the domain offered to you? Can you reveal how much you paid to acquire the domain name Remote.com? How did you justify paying this amount? Did you use any tools (e.g., automated appraisals), services (e.g., manual appraisals, domain brokers), or data (e.g., sales data, search volumes, search results) to determine your best offer and/or the value of the domain? Would you have considered paying more for the domain than you did? If you were unable to acquire remote.com, did you have a backup plan? If so, can you reveal some of the other alternative names? Do you think buying Remote.com was a good investment in your company? In your experience, does owning a premium .COM add immediate credibility to your business? I noticed that you had also managed to secure the @remote usernames on Facebook and Instagram. Do you consider the right usernames to be as or less important than a premium domain? What would your personal advice be for startups who are thinking of using a percentage of their funding to secure a premium .COM domain? -- Thanks to Nick for taking part in our series. Since many of our readers are freelancers in some shape or form, this domain name and company may be of great interest to you. If you would like to know more about the Remote.com network, all you need to do is visit Remote.com. You can also follow the company on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Inside Interviews is a blog series profiling the buyers of high-value domain names. Find out their motives, negotiation tactics, and their opinions on popular domaining topics only on the NamePros Blog.