Juan Diego Calle Spearheads Sale Of Million Internet Addresses As Colombian Government Opens Extension Co To The World
If the domain name you were hoping to land for your company wasn’t available, don’t despair. You might not be stuck with a long web address.
A year ago the Colombian government opened up its domain extension, .co, to the world in a process overseen by .CO Internet, which maintains offices on Brickell Avenue.
The firm beat out companies like Verisign, which oversees tens of millions of .com web addresses, for the position and has seen .co domain names grow from a paltry 28,000 to about a million in less than a year.
In the process, the company saw revenues top $20 million, said CEO Juan Diego Calle.
He dropped out of the University of Miami in the late 1990s to start an Internet company that became one of thousands to bear the brunt of a bursting bubble. The technology was left running, started generating traffic and was sold to Internet giant Yahoo for an undisclosed amount.