Donuts (company)

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Donuts Inc.
Type of site
Founded2010; 11 years ago (2010)
HeadquartersBellevue, Washington, U.S.
Key peopleAkram Atallah, President and CEO

Donuts Inc. is a domain name registry with a portfolio of 270 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), as made possible by ICANN's gTLD expansion program. Donuts, through its subsidiaries, is also a Registry Service Provider for 173 other TLDs including .au and .org among others.[1]

It was co-founded in 2010 by Paul Stahura, Jonathon Nevett, Richard Tindal, and Daniel Schindler.[1] The company's headquarters are located in Bellevue, Washington with other offices throughout the globe.[2]

In September 2012, Donuts was ranked #14 in The Wall Street Journal's Top 50 Start-Ups for 2012.[3] In 2017, founding CEO Paul Stahura became Executive Chair of the board of directors, and board member Bruce Jaffe became CEO.[4][5] In July 2017, Donuts acquired Rightside, along with domain registrar, and was ranked #1 on the Deloitte Fast 500 North America list.[6][7][8][9][10]

On August 11, 2018 Donuts entered into an agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Abry Partners.[11][12][13][14]

In November 2018, Donuts appointed Akram Atallah as CEO.[15][11][16] In March 2020, Donuts named Mina Neuberg as its new Chief Marketing Officer.[17][14]

In December 2020, Donuts acquired Afilias, Inc.,[18][19] a registry operator and registry service provider headquartered outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Afilias operated the authoritative directories and DNS for over 200 top-level domains and included top-level domains such as .info, .global, and .mobi, as well as country codes, dotBrands and other gTLDs.[20]

In January 2021, Donuts announced that Ethos Capital would be acquiring a controlling interest in the company.[21][22]


  1. ^ a b "Donuts Inc.'s major play for new Web domain names raises eyebrows". Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Home". Donuts Inc. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  3. ^ Looking for the 'Next Big Thing'? Ranking the Top 50 Start-Ups, Published September 2012.
  4. ^ "Former Demand Media exec Paul Stahura emerges at stealthy Donuts Inc". Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "Donuts raises $110M in financing to buy Rightside". Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Cybersecurity 202: Internet domain names are ripe for scam during coronavirus crisis". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Donuts raises $110M in financing to buy Rightside". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Domain name company Donuts Inc. is gobbled up by private equity firm". Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top five 2017 North America Fast 500 winners". Deloitte. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "Donuts raises $110M in financing to buy Rightside". Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Anguilla, with its domain name, cashes in on a quirky trend". Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Domain name company Donuts Inc. is gobbled up by private equity firm". Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Abry Partners Enters Into Agreement to Invest Majority Stake in Donuts Inc". Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Tropical Breezes, Pristine Beaches and a Domain Name to Die For". Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  15. ^ "Atallah, ICANN's Global Domains Division Joins Donuts as CEO". Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Inc, Donuts. "Donuts Appoints Akram J. Atallah as CEO". Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  17. ^ "Donuts hires CMO, signifying upshift in marketing strategy". Domain Name Wire | Domain Name News. March 3, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  18. ^ "Donuts Acquires Afilias". Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  19. ^ "Donuts Inc.'s Acquisition Of Afilias, Inc". Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  20. ^ "Donuts Inc. to Acquire Afilias, Inc. | Donuts News". Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  21. ^ "Ethos Capital to Acquire Controlling Interest of Donuts Inc. | Donuts News". Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  22. ^ "Ethos Capital To Acquire Controlling Interest of Donuts Inc". Retrieved January 22, 2021.

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