DomainTools make strategic investment in OpenRegistry
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OpenRegistry announced recently that it has raised capital from DomainTools .OpenRegistry also announced that DomainTools will be getting a seat on the Board .
You can read the press release after the jump :

"OpenRegistry SA, an independent, leading provider of tailored Registry Services has today announced a new capital raise from strategic investors including DomainTools (http://www.domaintools.com) as a newly appointed Board Member. These funds will be used to further expand the proven gTLD Registry platform already two years in development, as well as accelerate marketing to new clients at this critical time in the new gTLD process.

Following ICANN’s June decision to adopt the new gTLD program, many companies and communities have been seeking the right provider to help them apply for and manage their own Internet extension. Armed with new capital and a stable of clients already actively working on their ICANN application thanks to the company’s “OpenMind” program, OpenRegistry SA is purposely operating well ahead of ICANN’s current gTLD timetable.

The OpenRegistry founders are veteran product and technology leaders who have a proven track record in building and operating registry platforms. Together the team has over 20 years experience in the domain name industry. Jean-Christophe Vignes, CEO, comments “From the beginning we have focused on building the most flexible registry platform, a next-generation platform, with a team that has done it before. Bringing DomainTools and other new investors on board at this time will provide invaluable insight into growing our commercial enterprise and providing world class support to our clients”

Founded as a European company with strong roots in the Internet community, OpenRegistry provides a full-circle solution to new gTLDs applicants as well as to country code Top Level Domains operators looking to upgrade to a state-of-the-art technical solution. Jan Jansen, the company’s CTO explains “thanks to our experience, we were able to start from scratch and avoid the burden of legacy. As a result, our outsourced system offers unparalleled flexibility while our popular licensed solution – which can be operated directly from the client’s infrastructure – brings maximum control and security to brand owners, at a fraction of the cost”.

Susan Prosser, Vice-President Product & Marketing of DomainTools adds: “OpenRegistry, with its proven technology platform and deep industry experience, is uniquely positioned to create value for clients interested in launching new gTLDs. DomainTools is pleased to contribute to their success”.

Representatives of OpenRegistry will be present at the San Francisco .nxt conference this week (http://www.dot-nxt.com) to discuss the importance of choosing a flexible Registry service provider for a successful new gTLD application.

About OpenRegistry
Founded by domain name professionals bringing 20+ years of experience in the business, OpenRegistry (http://www.openregistry.com) is the next generation Registry Service Provider allowing Brands and Communities to successfully apply for and operate their own Top Level Domains through a flexible technical back end. Offering several implementation solutions including a full license of its white-label software that can be run on the applicant’s own infrastructure, OpenRegistry is the perfect choice for managers of country code or generic Top Level Domains.

About DomainTools
DomainTools is the recognized leader in domain name research and monitoring. Like the white pages of the Internet, DomainTools publishes a directory that serves a comprehensive snapshot of past and present domain name registration and ownership records in addition to comprehensive research tools that help to uncover and discover everything there is to know about a domain name. DomainTools is a Top 200 site in the Alexa rankings. DomainTools is based in Seattle, Washington."
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