Jay Westerdal

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Jay Westerdal
Next to an Airplane, 2009
Born Jay Westerdal
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Known for Founder of DomainTools.com
Spouse(s) Icy Westerdal (m. 2010)
Website http://www.jaywesterdal.com

Jay Westerdal (born 1978) is a domainer and entrepreneur, 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] Jay was quoted in an interview in 2008 that to become a successful domainer, one should "buy domains names from existing owners, monetize them to cover renewal cost, then sell them strategically".[5]


Westerdal started Name Intelligence/DomainTools in 2002 in his parent's garage. In May 2005, Jay started the domain conference "Domain RoundTable".[6] 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,[7] a Seattle venture capital firm.


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. He contributed to the EPP Protocol RFC 4930.[8]


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