In the past 48 hours I’ve received over 1500+ emails and counting from Domainers from all levels of Domaining. I want to take this opportunity to Thank You all for taking the time to congratulate me on selling/brokering Whisky.com for $3,100,000 U.S.D.
It was on a summer day in 2012 when I received an email from Michael Castello. He had read a few of my domain name articles and was flying to Toronto for a business trip and wanted to meetup and talk domain names. I didn’t know who he was at the time so I googled him and found an article on DnJournal.com. After reading the detailed article about his success I decided it was worth the risk in meeting him in person. I use the word risk because at the time I had been threatened numerous times by anonymous online users who didn’t like what I was publishing.
I’ll never forget my first meeting with Michael, David and Bree. The three of them met me on the roof patio of Hyatt hotel in Toronto on a beautiful summer day.
It was my first time sitting next to a stranger with 25+ years of experience in Domaining. I never realized how powerful my blog was until I met Michael that day. Let me rephrase that, I never realized how powerful an online blog is until I sat down with Michael Castello.
Michael and David had come to Toronto to start a new business to branch into the Canadian online market. Who would’ve thought 3 months later I would be sitting with Michael at Bel-Air Hotel in Beverly Hills talking about domain names!
Michael registered domain names in the early 90’s for free and now his portfolio is worth over a Billion Dollars. I spend the last 12+ months with Michael learning why domain names like Whisky.com are worth millions of dollars.
It was during a Saturday night poker game when Michael mentioned that he had a $3 Million Dollar offer for Whisky.com and was considering selling it. 10 months earlier I was playing Chess with Michael at our favorite cafe when suddenly I decided to have the courage to ask him to let me sell one of his domain names. It wasn’t until the night of the poker game that I stepped up my game and asked Michael to give me 3 days to find a buyer that would pay more.
Within 7 days I sold Whisky.com for $3.1 Million Dollars!
To be continued……..
Until my next Domaining Article, Happy Domaining!
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