March 5, 1978
|Residence||Mercer Island, Washington|
|Known for||Founder of DomainTools.com|
|Home town||Bellevue, Washington|
|Spouse(s)||Icy Westerdal (m. 2010)|
Jay Westerdal (born 1978) is a domainer, entrepreneur and VC investor best known for his work creating DomainTools.com, a web service that looks up historical ownership of a website. The whois service was integrated into Google's onebox in May 2008. He later sold the company in 2008 for a reported $16–$18 Million. He is a prominent technology blogger and a frequent speaker at industry events.
Westerdal started Name Intelligence/DomainTools in 2002 in his parent's garage. He later sold DomainTools in 2008 to Thought Convergence, Inc. The following year after being acquired he left TCI. He later became a limited partner at Founders Coop, a Seattle venture capital firm.
Westerdal, originally from Bellevue Washington, worked at a Seattle web startup Interland before founding DomainTools in 2002.
Westerdal's personal blog covers a wide range of topics, focusing mainly on technology, his mobile lifestyle, and search engine optimization from a personal perspective, in contrast to the DomainTools blog, where he wrote in an official capacity. Contributed to the EPP Protocol RFC 4930.