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Paul Stahura is the CEO and Co-Founder of Donuts Inc. 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. After the Demand Media acquisition in 2006, Paul remained the CEO of eNom and held the aforementioned positions at Demand Media until 2009, after which he left the company.
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.
ICANN & Industry Involvement
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.
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.
In a letter dated December 8th, 2011, Paul Stahura, along with twenty-seven other domain name industry representatives, wrote to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to support ICANN's new gTLD program, in response to the Senate Hearings taking place on the same day. They supported ICANN's argument that the program would be innovative and economically beneficial, and noted that the program took a diverse group of international stakeholders years to develop. The letter can be found here.
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.
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.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
- Twitter Profile
- Paul Stahura Leaving eNom and Demand Media After 12 Years
- New Paul Stahura Venture - DomainNameWire.com
- Stahura Letter to Halloran- ICANN.org
- House Hearings
- Domain Tools Blog Post on Stahura
- New gTLD industry pleads with senators, domainincite.com
- NomCom Bios
- CrunchBase Profile
- House Hearings