Jay Westerdal

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Jay Westerdal
Born Jay Westerdal
(1978-03-05) March 5, 1978 (age 36)
Seattle, Washington
Residence Mercer Island, Washington
Nationality American
Known for Founder of DomainTools.com
Home town Bellevue, Washington
Spouse(s) Icy Westerdal (m. 2010)
Children 0



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.[1] He later sold the company in 2008 for a reported $16–$18 Million.[2] He is a prominent technology blogger[3] and a frequent speaker at industry events.[4]


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,[5] 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.[6]


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