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Sedo.com, LLC (United States)
Sedo GmbH (Germany)
Type Public as part of Sedo Holding AG
Traded as FWBSDO
Industry Domain Names
Internet
Internet real estate
Founded February 12, 2001 (2001-02-12)
Founders Tim Schumacher
Uli Priesner
Marius Würzner
Ulrich Essmann
Headquarters 161 First Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts
, U.S.
Cologne
London
Number of locations 3 offices (as of July 2013)
Online
Area served Worldwide
Key people

Tobias Flaitz
(CEO)
Axel Hamann
(CFO)
Dima Beitzke
(CSO)

Products
Services
Revenue Decrease EUR 116 million (FY 2010)[1]
Employees 182 (as of January 2012)
Website http://www.sedoholding.com/en/

Sedo (an acronym for Search Engine for Domain Offers) is a domain name and website marketplace and domain parking provider based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Cologne, Germany. The company, which is a subsidiary of German-based United Internet, has more than 16 million domain names listed on its website for buying and selling.[2]

History[edit]

Sedo[edit]

Sedo was founded in 2000 by three German college students - Tim Schumacher (previous CEO of Sedo Holding AG), Marius Würzner (now COO of Sedo GmbH's German office), and Ulrich Priesner (currently CTO of Sedo) - and modeled after the core concept of Schumacher's Master's Thesis, "Price Formation in the Trade of Internet Domain Names". In February 2001, with 1&1 Internet AG's investment in the business through purchasing a 41% share, Sedo GmbH became an official entity in Cologne, Germany.[3] During the first few months, the company was operated solely by Schumacher and Essmann while Priesner and Würzner finished their studies. Helga Schackenberg became the first employee of the company, followed soon thereafter by Würzner. At the end of the year, Essmann left the company for nearly two years to complete his medical residency. In the meantime, Sedo moved into a bigger office in Cologne in 2002, and Matt Bentley joined the company to serve in Essmann's absence to oversee Sedo's development. Sedo's funding prior to IPO was N.M. Rothschild Holdings .

Sedo began planning in 2003 to open a subsidiary office in the United States. During this planning phase, Essmann returned to the company with a desire to lead overseas. Bentley and Essmann headed to America, with Jeremiah Johnston joining the team shortly afterwards as General Counsel. In 2005, the Sedo office was opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), under Sedo.com, LLC.[4]

In 2006, CEO Tim Schumacher temporarily joined the Cambridge office to assist with expansion into the US market, and the company introduced domain name auctions.[5] In 2007, Sedo took a minority investment in DomainsBot;[5] DomainsBot’s technology later contributed to the update of Sedo’s domain search tool. The company acquired GreatDomains.com, a competing online domain name marketplace, from VeriSign on June 19, 2007.[6][7]

Expansion continued in 2008 as Sedo opened up shop in the United Kingdom, an operation headed by Hugo Dalrymple-Smith and Nora Nanayakkara. On February 24, 2009, Sedo purchased RevenueDirect, and formed a strategic partnership with its parent company, Dotster of Vancouver, Washington, to take advantage of the latter's services of helping businesses establish online profiles.[8] In March 2009, Sedo provided seed funding for the new start up Bloson.com, a social charity website.[8] Later in September 2009, Sedo acquired a competing domain monetization (parking) site, ParkingPanel, for an undisclosed amount.[9] On February 17, 2010, Sedo helped broker the purchase for the most expensive .org domain name ever—poker.org—for US$1 million. PokerCompany.com purchased the domain name.[10] Later that year, Sedo was awarded a Guinness World Records record for the sale of sex.com, the most expensive public domain sale at $13,000,000.[11]

On February 1, 2012, Tim Schumacher left his role as CEO of Sedo Holding AG to focus on other projects and join the company's Supervisory Board. Tobias Flaitz, formerly of the privately held German-based Hubert Burda Media, joined Sedo as the new CEO of both Sedo Holding AG (including Sedo's sister company, Affili.net) and Sedo.[12]

Sedo Holding AG[edit]

In 2009, Sedo's sister company within the Adlink Group, AdLINK Media, was sold to the Hi-media Group.[13] This sale led to the reorganization and renaming of the group to Sedo Holding AG in 2010. That same year, Sedo welcomed its sister company, Affilinet, to its Cologne office. Tim Schumacher was named CEO of Sedo Holding AG while retaining his leadership role within Sedo, and Liesbeth Mack-de Boer was named Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of Sedo.

Products & Services[edit]

Sedo offers domain name-related products and services. Core services include an online domain name marketplace, a domain parking program, and domain brokerage for both buyers and sellers. Additional products and services Sedo offers are domain appraisals, featured listings for its marketplace, and a domain name transfer and escrow platform for sales completed both privately and through its marketplace.

Sedo's Domain Marketplace[edit]

Domain owners can list their domains for sale[14] on Sedo's Domain Marketplace through a Sedo account. Domain listings can be set up as open to negotiations, Buy Now, or - if certain conditions have been met - as an auction. All domains listed on Sedo are also syndicated across Sedo's domain distribution platform, SedoMLS.[15] Sellers can also opt to activate a SedoMLS Premium service for domains that qualify. Interested buyers can search or browse Sedo's database of domain names and make offers or bids on, or purchase instantly, domains they want.[16]

Sedo's Parking Program[edit]

A domain owner can forward their domain's visitors to Sedo's parking name servers for free.[17]

Sedo's Brokerage Services[edit]

Sedo offers domain brokerage services in the forms of seller representation or domain acquisition assistance.[18] A seller can hire one of Sedo's domain brokers for free, so long as their application has been accepted and they sign an exclusivity agreement; if a deal is brokered, the seller pays a 15% commission based on the gross sale price. A buyer can hire one of Sedo's domain brokers for 69 USD/EUR/GBP, plus the cost of the domain and an additional 15% commission based on the gross purchase price.

Domain Appraisals[edit]

An automated price suggestion tool[19] is built into each Sedo account. Sedo offers two manual appraisal options: a "premium" appraisal package for 49 USD/EUR/GBP and a "standard" package for 29 USD/EUR/GBP. Appraisals from Sedo are delivered by email as PDF documents.[20]

Featured Listings[edit]

Sellers listing domains on Sedo's website can order featured placement of their domains in search results or within categories. A featured listing costs 39-64 USD/EUR/GBP], and a category showcase costs 9-19 USD/EUR/GBP].[21]

Domain transfer and escrow[edit]

Sedo facilitates the transfer of all domains sold or purchased through its Domain Marketplace; escrow of the payment for the domain is also included. This service is offered free-of-charge for those sales. If a seller or buyer chooses to negotiate privately (outside of Sedo's Domain Marketplace), they may request Sedo's Transfer & Escrow Service for a 3% fee based on the gross sale or purchase price, payable by either party.[22]

Sales History[edit]

Sedo reports the following domain sales as the 20 highest sales they have helped broker since their inception in 2001:

Rank Domain Name Sale Price (in USD) Date
1 Sex.com 13,000,000 (Guinness World Records record)[11] 2010
2 Vodka.com 3,000,000[23] 2006
3 Shopping.de 2,858,945 (est. currency exchange)[24] 2008
4 Gambling.com 2,500,000[24] 2011
5 Pizza.com 2,600,000[25] 7/7/2008
6 Fly.com 1,800,000[26] 6/25/2009
7 Russia.com 1,500,000[27] 2009
8 Games.co.uk 1,300,000 11/21/2007
9 Kredit.de 1,169,175[28] 12/4/2008
10 Chinese.com 1,120,000[29] 7/23/2007
11 Sexe.com 1,150,000[30] 10/29/2007
12 Call.com 1,100,000[31] 2/9/2009
13 Invest.com 1,015,000[32] 9/29/2008
14 Poker.org 1,000,000 (highest .org sale on record)[33] 2010
15 Server.com 770,000[34] 7/31/2009
16 Ringtones.com 750,000[35] 2010
17 Website.com 750,000[36] 2005
18 Files.com 725,000[37] 2009
19 Telecom.com 700,000[38] 2007
20 Christian.com 600,000[39] 9/09/2009

Accreditations & Business Memberships[edit]

Accreditations[edit]

Better Business Bureau (A+ Rating)[40]

TRUSTe EU Safe Harbor & Web Privacy Seals[41]

Business Memberships[edit]

  • United Internet corporate family[42]
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)[43]
  • Internet Commerce Association (Platinum and Board Member)[44]
  • Nominet UK[45]
  • Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT Better Business Bureau (Board of Directors)[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEDO HOLDING AG (SDO:Xetra)". BusinessWeek. 2011-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Sedo buys RevenueDirect, inks partnership". Boston Business Journal. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Sedo's Ascent: How the German Juggernaut Became A Global Giant". DNJournal. 
  4. ^ "Sedo: Master of its Domain for 10 Years". Business Wire. 2011-02-03. 
  5. ^ a b "Sedo Introduces Online Auction Model to the Domain Name Marketplace". Sedo.com. 2006-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Sedo buys GreatDomains". Boston Globe. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Sedo Acquires Industry Pioneer, GreatDomains". Recycled-Traffic.com. 2007-06-20. 
  8. ^ a b "Sedo buys RevenueDirect, inks partnership". Boston Business Journal. 2009-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Sedo Buys Domain Monetization Site ParkingPanel". WHIR Web Host Industry Review. 2009-09-25. 
  10. ^ Diaz, David (2010-02-17). "Poker.org sold for $1 Million, Most Ever For .org Domain". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  11. ^ a b "Sex.com sets Guinness record with $13M sale". NY Daily News. 2011-02-23. 
  12. ^ "Tim Schumacher To Resign as Sedo’s CEO". DomainNameNews. 2011-12-05. 
  13. ^ "Sedo Sell Domains Overview". Sedo.com. 
  14. ^ "SedoMLS". Sedo. 
  15. ^ "Sedo Buy Domains Overview". Sedo. 
  16. ^ "Sedo Parking Overview". Sedo. 
  17. ^ "Sedo Brokerage". Sedo. 
  18. ^ "Sedo Set to Introduce a New "Price Suggestion Tool" for Domain Sellers - Can Automated Appraisals Be Taken Seriously?". DNJournal. 2009-07-24. 
  19. ^ "Sedo Appraisals". Sedo. 
  20. ^ "Sedo Featured Listings". Sedo. 
  21. ^ "Sedo Escrow". Sedo. 
  22. ^ "Vodka.com domain sells for $3 million". Reuters. 2006-12-15. 
  23. ^ a b "Shopping.de sold for €1.96 million". Dominik's Blog. 2009-09-07. 
  24. ^ "Pizza.com domain name fetches millions". CNET. 2008-04-06. 
  25. ^ "Travelzoo Buys Fly.com Domain For A Lofty $1.8 Million". TechCrunch. 2009-01-30. 
  26. ^ "Mystery Buyer Coughs Up $1.5 Million For Russia.com". TechCrunch. 2009-11-26. 
  27. ^ "Kredit.de sells for $1.17 million". Daily Domainer. 2008-11-27. 
  28. ^ "Sedo Brokers Sale of Chinese.com for $1 Million". WebHostDirectory. 2007-07-24. 
  29. ^ "Sedo.com: Our Story". Sedo.com. 2011-02-08. 
  30. ^ "Call.com sells for $1.1 million". Total Telecom. 2009-09-03. 
  31. ^ "The Lowdown". DNJournal. 2008-09-29. 
  32. ^ "Poker.org sold for $1 Million, Most Ever For .org Domain". TechCrunch. 2010-02-17. 
  33. ^ "Sedo Sells Jesus.net and Server.com for Huge Profit". Softpedia. 2009-08-05. 
  34. ^ "Sedo.com Releases 2010 Market Trends Study with Q4 Highlights Revealing Steady Growth in the Domain Market and Opportunities Abound for Businesses and Investors". Business Wire. 2011-02-08. 
  35. ^ "Sedo Announces Highest Valued Domain Sale of 2005". Business Wire. 2005-07-20. 
  36. ^ "Sedo sells Files.com for $725,000 USD". TLDMagazine. 2010-03-29. 
  37. ^ "Domain Name- ' Telecom.com' Trades for $700,000". Domainertising. 2008-01-02. 
  38. ^ "Call.com Buyer Snaps Up Christian.com for $600,000". Domain Name Wire. 2009-09-04. 
  39. ^ bbb.org
  40. ^ truste.com
  41. ^ united-internet.de
  42. ^ inta.org
  43. ^ internetcommerce.org
  44. ^ nominet.org.uk
  45. ^ boston.bbb.org

Further reading[edit]

  • Maija Palmer (November 9, 2007). "Domain name sells for record GBP150,000". Financial Times. 
  • Thomas Grillo (May 20, 2009). "Downturn drives Web domain name auction". Boston Herald. 
  • David Smith (March 16, 2008). "Trade in web names worth millions". The Observer. 

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