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Type: Privately Held
Industry: Internet Advertisement
Founded: 1999
Founder(s): Brian Taff, Michael Mann
Ownership: Highland Capital Partners, Summit Partners
Headquarters: 230 Third Ave
Waltham, MA 02451
Country: USA
Businesses: Afternic,
Visionary Networks,
Employees: 151-200
Revenue: $75 million (2007)
Email: inquiries[at]
LinkedIn: NameMedia
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@NameMedia
Key People
Kelly Conlin, CEO

Mark Haseltine, CTO
Brian Lucy, CFO
Nadya Morozova, European Business Development Manager

NameMedia is network of websites that initially dealt with the trade of domain names,[1] but is has now also offering domain monetization strategy to the world's largest network of websites, receiving more than 70 million visitors per month.[2][3] In 2007, it was recognized as the largest seller of domain names in the secondary market.[4] The company may have as many as 2.2 million monetized domain names, including 0.75 million domains that are owned by NameMedia itself.[5] It is partners with 35 premier marketing companies including eight of the world's top ten registrars, making it the broadest distribution network in the world for secondary domain names;[6] its partnerships include Network Solutions,[7] Key-Systems, Mesh Digital,[8]DirectNIC, Ltd.,[9] and TierraNet.[10]


In 1999, Michael Mann and Brian Taff founded for the sale and purchase of premium domain names. At the beginning of 2005, BuyDomains was acquired by Highland Capital Partners and Summit Partners. The company changed its name to YesDirect for some time, but it was changed again, to NameMedia, in June, 2006.[11]

In 2007, it was reportedly rumored that NameMedia was going public and having an IPO in the near future.[12]

Domain Listing Service

NameMedia runs a domain listing service through which sells domain names throughout the world.[13] This DLS is similar to MLS used for real estate. NameMedia has around two million premium domain names to be sold.[14]


Along with the domain name trade business, NameMedia has developed and runs community websites related to photography,stamping, crafting, astrology, sky-diving and rock climbing. The websites under the ownership of NameMedia are:[15]