Bloomberg BusinessWeek Covers The Original Owner

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Last week the news broke about a group led by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acquiring

Bloomberg Business Week did a story on the gentleman that sold through the Media Options newsletter. The buyer was profiled by Mike Berkens at

The Bloomberg piece focuses on Michael Bauer, a Denver entrepreneur who got the domain when Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.  Bauer is a pretty bright guy who  helped develop MapQuest as well as the technology that underpins Google’s chat service within Gmail.

From the article:

While Bauer made a profit off of after getting it for free, it was an “insignificant amount” that was far less than $1 million, he said. Still, the sale provided a bit more fuel for his two-person Denver startup Brilliant Arc, which makes Facebook-connected software for small businesses.

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Raymond Hackney

Raymond Hackney

Raymond Hackney is a writer and domain investor/consultant from Philadelphia. Raymond is the founder of and