Alternative investments: Domain names?


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    The buying and subsequent selling of domain names, also known as domain flipping, or⁠—even, real estate property sold in the online world, is known to have brought in income for a select few 'investors', in the form of huge returns, e.g. insure.com (sold for $16 million), voice.com (sold for $30 million).

    it's free real estate
    (Definitely not free though)

    Some other investors, are hoarding domains with hopes (and for many, confidence) that they'd appreciate in value, and therefore benefit from a profitable resale in future. Driven to learn and research intensively, these netizens seek out good domain names, and actively source for domain buyers.

    As with all other investments, it's definitely possible for them to make a loss, e.g. in buying pricey domain names which don't turn out to be in demand, or in missing prospective deals.

    Are you one of them? (Own up!)

    Domains are considered to be a commodity. The goal, then, of some domain investors is to build for themselves a high-quality domain portfolio, which can be worked towards, through traditionally known strategies like hedging and diversification!

    More recently, and interestingly, .ai and .io domain extensions have been popularised by the tech industry, opening up newer opportunities for domain investors.

    e.g. Drive.ai, an artificial intelligence, self-driving car startup which just got acquired by Apple, and maaany blockchain startups (e.g. Steemit.io, which however pivoted to Steemit.com).

    Hold your laughter, but I used to wonder if the domain extension .ai was (at least marginally) related to artificial intelligence. Turns out, the origin of this extension hardly had anything to do with artificial intelligence.

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    .ai, the country code domain for the Caribbean island of Anguilla

    In fact, .ai quite substantially predates the AI boom in recent years, and was originally introduced long before in 1995!


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    @kaeley-wn said in Alternative investments: Domain names?:

    Hold your laughter, but I used to wonder if the domain extension .ai was (at least marginally) related to artificial intelligence. Turns out, the origin of this extension hardly had anything to do with artificial intelligence.

    Me too!


 

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