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Type Private company
Founded New York, NY 1999
Headquarters United States New York, New York, USA
Key people Larry Kutscher, Chief Executive Officer

Gary Michels, Chief Financial Officer
Myles Trachtenberg, Chief Information Officer
Roni Jacobson, EVP Product and General Counsel
Stuart Horowitz, SVP Human Resources
Doug Shuman, SVP Customer Marketing

Sandy Ross, SVP Canadian Sales & Service
Industry Domain Registrar
Products Web services
Revenue $100.9 million December 2004
Website (previously Forman Interactive) was founded as a provider of Internet services by brothers Richard and Peter Forman in 1994. In 1999, the company officially changed its name to

On April 21, 1999, ICANN announced was one of the first five testbed registrars for the competitive Shared Registry System. On June 7th, the company began operations under this name as a paid registrar in the .com, .net and .org domains. It was the first of the five testbed registrars to come online.[1]

In 2000, issued an IPO and began trading on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol RCOM. By 2004 the company was managing over three million domain names and was listed by VeriSign as one of the top domain name registrars in the world.

In November, 2005 was acquired by Vector Capital Corporation. became a private company once again and stopped publicly trading on NASDAQ. In the same year, the company received recognition for “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” when it became the first Online Services Industry organization to receive the J.D. Power and Associates Call Center Certification.

In November, 2006 Larry Kutscher joined as Chief Executive Officer. Kutscher came to from Dun & Bradstreet where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Small Business Group.[2]Under Kutscher’s leadership, adjusted their strategy to focus on the needs of Small Business owners and entrepreneurs.

The company employs about 400 people in the US, Canada and the UK. is headquartered in New York City with satellite offices in Baltimore, Maryland and London, England.’s Sales and Service center operates in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; over 300 of’s employees are at this center. Since mid 2007 had also added an office in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.'s Halifax office employs almost 40 staff and is rapidly expanding. is one of the largest registration companies and has received positive reviews and awards for its products and customer service.[3][4][5] The company currently has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.[6]

On April 1, 2009, suffered a major DDoS attack, downing thousands of web sites. The FBI and The Department of Homeland Security were engaged to assist. Services were restored through counter-measures and minimized the disruption; some services were unavailable for 3 days. Twitter, a social networking service, was used to update customers on the status throughout the attack.


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