Domains you never thought were available

#4 Product of the DaySeptember 29, 2016
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Thanks for sharing the love @milann, much appreciated! So here's a quick intro about Undeveloped: As entrepreneurs, we kept bumping into the problem of naming a new product/app//business. Over the years we developed quite a bit of expertise in the domain space. Yet we never saw the industry improve or evolve. Worse, more and more domains got taken over time, and we as buyers had even less choice. So we basically built the platform out of our own frustration with this market. The idea of Undeveloped is to go beyond the "domain already taken" wall, so you can finally find something good. This means you buy it from the guy who had registered it in the first place. Second hand so to say. Those domains come from the assholes @milann mentioned, partly. But, you'd be surprised to know that 80% actually belong to normal folks. People like you, who just had a good idea, registered a domain name and never got to work on that side project. Renewal fees are pretty cheap, so you kept the domain just in case... So, in the end, we're all part of the problem if we don't let go of the domains we don't use. Undeveloped enables people to sell the domain they don't use. The price is what you decide. All the hassle of payment, escrow of the transaction, and change of ownership is 100% on our side. This way we guarantee you can NEVER get scammed. We also pioneered the industry with financing options if you prefer to pay monthly. That's something we'll do more of soon with the introduction of rent. That's about it in a few words. Curious to hear your reactions ;) PS: I haven't mentioned anything about the new branding and features we just unveiled. I'll let you read the blog post if you want to know more. Or just ask me or @rsardeha here!
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@dominic_m @milann @rsardeha Is this just a hipster Web 3.0 version of Sedo? I'd prefer to use something newer like this, but what's the benefit to the smaller audience on the newer platform?
@benguild Haha you could say that. But, there's actually a lot more to it. The 3 main differences are: 1. Audience: Undeveloped caters to buyers who will actually use the domain (rather than resellers). It also opens the market to smaller hobbyist sellers. This part is very important since these guys own most of the domains. Full disclosure: many resellers are using the platform too of course. 2. Business model: No ads, the most important thing to us is that domains move from seller to buyer. We believe that ads get in the way of that mission. Instead, Undeveloped focuses on providing the best possible user experience and facilitating domain acquisitions. And our business model follows this line of thought: you only pay (as a seller) when a transaction is conducted successfully. 3. Vision: Today Undeveloped is a marketplace, but this is only part 1 of the puzzle. In order to really fix the domain market, all domains must be available, not just second-hand ones. Our vision is to unify the primary market, secondary, and back-order market in one place, and make those domains available to absolutely EVERYONE. More on that soon!
@dominic_m I noticed Sedo Parking was putting sketchy MacKeeper banners and popups on domains for sale with ads turned on, and their architecture is some legacy PHP3/4 stuff that makes people uncomfortable. It'd be nice if you'd hand-curate and promote the cooler domains and not the ones that are actually junk but fit a certain algorithmic match of supposed value.
@benguild Curated lists are a bit of a new thing so we're still working on the best solution. Thanks for your feedback though ;)
@dominic_m @benguild +1 to the curation. This is just a firehose of useless domains, with minimal discovery/filter tools (eg, turning off extended charsets)
Woohoo! I love this. Always been waiting for a solution to this shady industry, and can vouch for these people's awesome product.
@ow hey new job Owen, sweet!
@ow Thanks Owen! Vision wise we're not there yet as we're looking to radically change the face of the industry. One step at a time we'll introduce new tools and services that will fix the main issues you have as an entrepreneur trying to name your business. We see the domain industry really as one of the first internet industries that's just ripe for disruption because it has been at a standstill for far too long.
Great idea, a social marketplace to buy and sell domains... For all you assholes out there that buy up domains and not use them ;) But seriously, looks good and works well. Also inspires you to think of great names and urls for your business. I'm curious @rsardeha and @dominic_m is this just not such a hot space because of the legal hassle, the assholes buying domains, and the pure scale (big) of this market? Here's a short medium on how and why they made the changes, and it inspired me to post it here :) https://medium.com/undeveloped/d...
It would be nice if there was a way to just browse domains on the site. It would also be good to just be able to filter down to ones that are on sale through undeveloped, rather than seeing a bunch of "get in contact" buttons. The search seems to be lacking a lot of great discoverability that it could have.
@bluetidepro Good point! Like I told @davidsfeng we definitely plan to add advanced search filters.
great product, great idea, great site, overall - it's great !! good luck, love the pay monthly idea
@marktmcewan Thanks, glad you like it.