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Industry Domain Registrar
Founded 1999
Headquarters Jacksonville, FL, USA
Key people
David Brown, CEO and President [1]
Products Web services
Website (previously Forman Interactive) was founded as a provider of Internet services by brothers Richard, Peter Forman and Dan Levine in 1994. In 1999, the company officially changed its name to

On April 21, 1999, ICANN announced was one of the first five testbed registrars for the competitive Shared Registry System. On June 7, the company began operations under this name as a paid registrar in the .com, .net and .org domains. It was the first of the five testbed registrars to come online.[2]

In 2000, issued an IPO and began trading on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol RCOM. By 2004 the company was managing over three million domain names and was listed by VeriSign as one of the top domain name registrars in the world.[citation needed]

In 2005 developed a strategy and dedicated itself to focusing on small business and providing online services to serve that segment of the market. However in November of the same year was acquired by Vector Capital. Prior to acquisition, the company completed a significant strategic initiative and received recognition for “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” when it became the first Online Services Industry organization to receive the J.D. Power and Associates Call Center Certification. received this recognition again in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

With Vector's acquisition of, the company went private once again and stopped publicly trading on NASDAQ. Vector Capital, while searching for a full-time CEO brought in David Moore as an interim CEO. The CEO search was expected to last three months. In reality the process to find a new CEO took approximately one year. During David Moore's tenure the company successfully focused on cost reduction through better business practices.

In November, 2006 Larry Kutscher joined as Chief Executive Officer. Kutscher came to from Dun & Bradstreet where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Small Business Group.[3] Under Kutscher’s leadership, continued the existing strategy of focusing on the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The company employs about 400 people in the US, Canada and the UK. is headquartered in New York City with satellite offices in Baltimore, Maryland and London, England.’s Sales and Service center operates in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; over 300 of’s employees are at this center. Since mid-2007 had also added an office in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The office in Nova Scotia is's custom web design team, who provides design services to their clientele. The separate design team is RCOMCANADA.[4] is one of the largest registration companies and has received positive reviews and awards for its products and customer service.[5][6] The company currently has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.[7]

On April 1, 2009, suffered a major DDoS attack, downing thousands of web sites. The FBI and The Department of Homeland Security were engaged to assist. Services were restored through counter-measures and minimized the disruption; some services were unavailable for 3 days. Twitter was used to update customers on the status throughout the attack.

In January 2010, the Chinese search engine Baidu sued for gross negligence after an employee allegedly allowed a third party to access to Baidu's account despite them failing to pass basic security verification, allowing their website to be hijacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.[8]

in June 2010, the company entered negotiations to be privately sold to has agreed to acquire for a price of $135 million, which will be financed with approximately $20 million in existing cash, proceeds from a new $110 million term loan and a $5 million seller note.


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  2. ^ "Hobbes' Internet Timeline by Robert H Zakon". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  3. ^ Fung, Amanda (2006-11-01). " names chief executive". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  4. ^ "'s in-house Design Team". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ "FindMyHost 2009". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  6. ^ Name Intelligence[dead link]
  7. ^ "BBB Report". 2004-03-19. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  8. ^ Back, Aaron (2010-01-19). "Baidu Sues, Alleges Negligence in Hacking Attack". Retrieved 2012-05-26. 

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