Frank Schilling

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Frank T. Schilling
Photograph of Schilling by Amy Strzalko, 2014
Photograph of Schilling by Amy Strzalko, 2014
BornFrank Taylor Schilling
(1969-07-29) July 29, 1969 (age 53)
Tübingen, Germany
OccupationInternet Investor
NationalityCanadian / Caymanian
Notable worksUniregistry
Website
frankschilling.com

Frank T. Schilling (born July 29, 1969) is a Canadian and Caymanian Internet-investor.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Germany, Schilling grew up in Canada and moved to the Cayman Islands c. 2003 (at the age of c. 34).[1]

Career[edit]

Schilling founded his company Name Administration Inc. in February 2002. The company manages more than 5,000,000 domain names.[when?][2]

In 2003, Schilling financed the Caribbean's first ICANN accredited domain name registrar. He joined as a member of the ICANN business constituency and co-founded the non-profit Internet Commerce Association in 2006.[3]

In 2012, Schilling was revealed by CNET as the financial backer of Uniregistry.[1] In 2019 Uniregistry became a top 10 registrar of domain names across GTLD's and CCTLD's and operates or provides back-end services to 31 top level domain names.[2]

On February 11th 2020 Godaddy announced that it had acquired the assets of Schilling's Name Administration Inc., as well as the Uniregistry registrar, its secondary marketplace and Uniregistry investments in New York based Brandsight.com. Uniregistry's 31 owned and operated and joint venture top-level-domain names and its registry infrastructure were excluded from the transaction.

On September 30th 2021, Tucows announced it had acquired the registry infrastructure from Schilling's UNR for an undisclosed amount.

Schilling maintains an interest in Internet naming and is an active angel investor whose fund has early investments in Triller and was co-founder of fashion and lifestyle brand LXL through which Schilling develops real estate, dining venues and resort condominiums, also under the LXL banner.

On June 23 2021, it was announced that Schilling was the developer behind a plan to build the first man-made safe harbor in the Cayman Islands on the island of Cayman Brac.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He has three children.[3]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christopher Kompanek (2014-03-07). "Frank Schilling and the rise of the web domain name industry". Financial Times. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  2. ^ a b Jackson, Ron (December 2007). "Nice Guy Finishes First: How Frank Schilling Won the Domain Race After Starting at the Back of the Pack". DN Journal. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Jackson, Ron (November 2006). "T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2006: How Domain History was Made at the Westin Diplomat". DN Journal. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ James Whitaker (2021-06-23). "Marina and Village Part of Schilling's Brac Plan". Cayman Compass. Retrieved 2021-07-31.