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Country: USA
Email: paul.stahura [at] enom.com
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Paul Stahura is the CEO and Co-Founder of Donuts Inc..[1] He is a former President and Chief Strategy Officer, and a member of the board of directors, of Demand Media, Inc. Demand Media is the parent company of eNom, Inc. Paul launched eNom in 1997 from an ISDN line in his garage in Redmond, Washington.[2] After the Demand Media acquisition in 2006,[3] Paul remained the CEO of eNom and held the aforementioned positions at Demand Media until 2009, after which he left the company.

Mr. Stahura's current venture, Donuts Inc., is still coalescing; given the timing and the people he is working with it is speculated to be a new gTLD venture.[4]

Paul Stahura has over twenty years experience in the software development industry, with the most recent ten of those years spent in the Internet and DNS space.

He is currently a board member of AboutUs.org.[5]

ICANN & Industry Involvement

Paul Stahura is a member of the ICANN Whois Task Force. He was elected to serve on the ICANN Nomination Committee by the Registrar Constituency in November, 2006.

Mr. Stahura, on behalf of eNom, was involved in the industry complaints and actions against Verisign's Wait Listing Service in 2003.[6]

In September, 2009, Paul Stahura testified before the U.S House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts and Competition regarding new gTLDs. He recommended that the government continue on its trajectory of non-intervention with ICANN and allow new gTLDs to be approved by the ICANN Board. He made the case that the new extensions would foster further growth and innovation on the Internet, and that stifling this was not in the government's, or the international Internet users', best interests.[7]

At ICANN Lisbon he suggested an intriguing solution regarding the accessibility of Whois information. That is, to encrypt more sensitive Whois data and only allow certain legal entities to access that through use of a specific key, the most basic of information would still be available to the general public.[8]


In 1997, 7 years after the launch of eNom, it became the largest and most active domain distribution reseller network in the domain industry, with over 8.5 million domain names on the eNom platform. It has been recognized as the second largest domain name registrar in the world, and was rated the best registrar for resellers by Name Intelligence five years running.[9]

Prior to eNom, Paul was a Principal in a company that performed consulting services for Fortune-500 clients with enterprise-wide development, database, and complex system architecture and PM needs. Paul and his partners sold the 60-employee company in 2000.[10]


Paul holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.[11]

Fun Fact

Although he founded and ran the second most successful registrar in the world, he admitted in his testimony to congress that it had always been his dream to run a registry.[12]