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Top 10 Domains Owned by HostGator Founder Brent Oxley

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    Back in 2002, Florida Atlantic University student Brent Oxley created a hosting company from his dorm room. This little company, HostGator, reached its first milestone of one-hundred users by February 2003 and quickly broke the one-thousand user mark. By 2008, the company had over one-hundred thousand users and a revenue of $34.2 million.

    Brent lead the company until 2012 when he announced the sale of HostGator for a reported $225 million. After leaving HostGator, it seems that Brent started to build a portfolio full of premium .COM domain names. In an interview we conducted with Brent in 2015, he revealed that he had spent "millions" on domains such as ecig.com, give.com and create.com.

    Here, we take a look at ten incredible domain names currently owned by Brent.


    Bride.com

    According to statistics from 2017, the wedding industry in the USA has a total revenue of $76 billion. The Bride.com is one of the best names possible for the wedding industry and it looks to have been a recent acquisition by Brent.

    Up until the end of last year, the domain was owned by Exposites, a company that owns many wedding-related domains. As of writing, the domain is listed in the NameJet NamesCon extended auction with a bid of $500,000 and a reserve range at almost double that.


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    Broker.com

    In 2015, @Dave Evanson of Sedo brokered the sale of Give.com for $500,000 to Brent. The next year, Brent acquired the Broker.com domain via Dave for a reported $375,000.

    This versatile keyword domain, currently parked, has its uses in several affluent industries.


    Curve.com

    Domain brokers Monte Cahn (@mcahn) and @Joe Uddeme teamed up to sell this one-word .COM in November 2017. This former General Motors LLC domain was sold to Brent for an undisclosed amount.

    A quick look at Crunchbase shows several potential buyers, should Brent ever wish to sell. These include a British financial app that raised $10 million in funding last July.


    Pack.com

    It looks as though short, one-word .COM's are popular with the HostGator founder. Another versatile domain, Pack.com, was acquired by Brent with the help of BQDN's James Booth (@BoothDomains) in October 2017. According to NameBio, the domain was acquired for $100,000.


    Uno.com

    Uno, the Spanish word for "one", is commonly used throughout the world, with LinkedIn displaying over thirty thousand companies with links to this keyword.

    The Uno.com domain name was previously owned by United Online Inc, a subsidiary of investment bank B. Riley Financial. According to DomainIQ, this sale took place at the end of 2017. As of writing, the domain is still listed for sale on United Online's website.


    Yen.com

    Another three-letter domain owned by Brent is Yen.com. As well as being a pronounceable three-letter .COM, Yen is also the Japanese currency, often abbreviated to JP¥. It is the third most traded currency in the foreign exchange market after the United States dollar and the euro.

    Until December 2017, the domain was owned by Live Current Media Inc, an Internet commerce company based in Vancouver, Canada.


    Help.com

    Acquired in 2014, Help.com is a fully developed company producing live chat and helpdesk software. According to the company's website, Brent teamed up with former GoDaddy employee Ben Gabler to create Help.com LLC.

    WHOIS for the domain shows Brent as the Administrative and Technical contact for this domain name.


    Toll.com

    Another four-letter word, and another acquisition brokered by BQDN's James Booth. Toll is commonly used in the transportation industry by several large logistics companies.

    According to NameBio, the domain was acquired for $50,000 in December 2017.


    Prize.com

    This is a domain name with some history. In 2006, the name sold at Sedo for $70,000 and remained parked until 2010 when the name was acquired by another Sedo user for $100,000. Until 2016, the domain hosted an active site where users could win cash prizes.

    Brent acquired Prize.com in August 2017 from Tom Grupa, former CEO of Prize.com.


    Realty.com

    We may have saved the best until last here. According to @DomainNameWire, Brent acquired Realty.com for a seven-figure fee in a deal that likely closed in 2015.

    The domain now houses a service that allows visitors to search through thousands of properties listed on the site.

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    Data from this article is courtesy of DomainIQ
     
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  6. elevator

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    you mean the .net?
     
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    Analyze.com is another one
     
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    Realty is a trademarked term, does he own that trademark? Hope so. If not he's in for a world of hurt (until housing tanks again, which won't be long).
     
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    My bad, I see the .com too. But give.com has a virus warning. I guess thats the risk with some parking sites.
     
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    Realty cannot be trademarked. You are confusing it with realtor.
     
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    Thanks for sharing James. Brent definitely loves the short one word .com's. He also owns Stereo.com, Combo.com, Trap.com, Drag.com, Hangover.com, Mild.com, Chop.com, and more. He also very recently acquired his last name in .com, Oxley.com.
     
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    I had Prize.com in escrow. It was paid. There were (allegedly) some issues pushing the name into my acct and after a few days escrow was cancelled by the seller and my money was refunded. The domain was then registered in Brent's name so I called him to find out what he knew. You can probably guess what happened. Brent had made a higher offer so Tom cancelled my escrow, sold the domain to Tom and claimed it was out of his hands. Tom then ghosted me. Not cool.
     
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    Never cool, there was an issue with analyze.com when it closed also, but it was more so between brokers.
     
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    Damn, that's bad business. Sorry to hear that. It's my opinion that if you've already agreed to a deal with someone and the transaction is in the process you should follow thru with it even if someone else comes along with a higher offer.
     
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    Pushing the name into your account?

    Probably the dreaded set contact details at ENOM, I hate that platform so buggy. You would own it if it wasn't for that push error.
     
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    I think what Braden meant is that the seller might have made up the issue with pushing the domain to Braden's account so that he could stall and accept the other offer.
     
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    Recons, I stand corrected...didn't bother to look it up, just remembered angry emails coming at me back in the day.
     
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    I guess Brent having the Texas connection might have sealed the deal. He has always been polite with me, had a few email conversations with him, always responsive.
     
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    I don't think Brent had any idea that the name had already been sold. I don't blame him at all as he didn't do anything wrong. Tom, on the other hand, agreed to a deal and then breached the agreement.
     
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    I think you mean sold the domain to Brent
     
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    Correct. Thanks for catching that.
     
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    That is bad business ethics, very much unreliable person.
     
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    Some great domains there, my favorites from the list are 'uno' and 'help'
     
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    Is there a book / movie of Brent's life in the works ??

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    Interview him and write one.
     
  27. learie

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    Very interesting ...
     
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