What Kind of Domainer Are You? Part Three: Buy and Hold

A great domain name has to ripen. Like planting a fruit tree. In TIME it may bear fruit. I don’t think about selling. Never do.  For some Domainers business is a sprint and always running.  For others it’s a marathon. I am on the marathon side. Turtle always wins.
– Rick Schwartz, The Domain King

My final entry for this three part series is an exploration of the Buy and Hold style of domaining.  Traditionally it’s a long term, passive style of domain investment wherein domains are held for years despite regular, albeit sub-par, offers. Trends and fluctuations in the domain markets don’t affect the Buy and Hold domainer who possesses a deep sense of conviction and unwavering faith in his/her asset’s value and their strong potential for very lucrative paydays.

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Jason Calacanis is asking NamePros: How much will 20.com sell for?

One of the very first post I published here was about serial internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and one of the domain names he owns: 20.com – I asked How much is Jason Calacanis his domain 20.com worth today? which resulted in several people chipping in with comments but most of all a lively discussion on Twitter that included @jason himself sharing that the most recent offer he turned down at the time was $1.4M.

This was almost one year ago and today Jason is asking a similar question in the appraisal section of domain name forum NamePros. He shares that he’s ” been getting $2-3m offers weekly.” and has put up a poll to see what the NamePros community think’s the domain will sell for in today’s market. Read More

How much is Jason Calacanis his domain 20.com worth today?

It’s no secret that American internet entrepreneur, angel investor and blogger Jason Calacanis understands the power and value of a great domain name. Jason’s first big success was Weblogs Inc, a network of 90 blogs including Engadget and Autoblog.com, which he founded in 2003 and sold to AOL just two years later for a reported $25-30 million.

Jason believes the (domain) name of a startup is critically important to its success and has even said:

Great entrepreneurs tackle and solve challenging issues like naming their company well, and if you can’t name your company well, you’re simply not worth investing in.

Besides having a clear preference to invest money in startups with a great .com domain such as his recent $378,000 investment in Calm.com he has been able to acquire a couple of stellar domain names himself of which 20.com must be the most valuable one to date.

I learned about Jason owning the 20.com domain a couple of years back when he tweeted about the crazy amount of emails and offers he received from Chinese investors interested in buying his domain name:

Smart #thinking there from Mr. Calacanis because we all know about the fast and steady increase in value for numeric domain names during the last few years.

So how much would Jason’s 20.com domain name be worth in today’s market? Not long ago, in an article on DomainInvesting.com Elliott Silver asked, What is the Floor Price for 2 Letter .com Domain Names? to which several top brokers such as Andrew Rosener chipped in with some excellent comments and insights. I think most of us agree that a 2 number domain is worth more than a 2 letter domain today.

Meanwhile, it seems Jason (who bought the domain for just $70,000 back in 2007 for the TechCrunch20 Conference) is well aware of the value of his domain investment today:

So what do you think, how much is 20.com worth in today’s market and will Jason sell for a 7 figure offer or hold on to it just like he did in 2011?

Update: Jason just shared on twitter that he has received a $1.4 million offer for the 20.com domain

and he’s only to willing to part with the domain name if he can sell to someone face to face since he wants to invest in the company that buys the domain:

Update: It turns out Jason not only knows how to acquire but also how to sell a domain name. It was confirmed in April 2017 by Domain Name Wire that 20.com was sold to a Chinese investor for $1.75 million.