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CNET Acquisitions

January 7, 2008 1 comment

For the past several months, I have been watching and considering an investment in CNET Networks, precisely because of its attractiveness of individual assets, which if spun off could suggest a much higher total worth than the current $1.3 billion. However, upon closer inspection of the individual parts, I am still not convinced that the sum of its parts, under current conditions, is worth more than its 1.3 billion. CNET is currently carrying too much fat and producing mediocre returns on their prime jewels. Take for instance, which as suggested by the NY Times produced in October a mere 6 million page views, compared to 8 million page views produced by a small group of bloggers with minimal costs over at TechCrunch.

The key of course, is finding buyers for CNET’s crown jewels, which are:

  • – This is currently a site which alone could be worth more than CNET’s current market cap, but the focus of the site is its main problem. is aimed at providing a TV guide resource – big mistake!

Instead, could become the place to go for TV watching, think YouTube or Hulu. Capitalize on the millions of confused visitors coming in from the highly marketed .TV extension. Strike deals with media companies to stream television through Stream everything under the sun! Sell the idea to Mark Cuban, sell it to Murdoch. Try to get a link from future generation television sets that are integrated with wireless internet, so that is the link to online television. How many people are looking to buy a TV and just type Have a section in the site for TV purchases, cable subscription services.

The current site is probably 10 to 15% of the traffic and revenues it could achieve.

My current price – $100 to 500 million. Future worth with minimal refocus – $1 to 5 billion.


  • – When you type, the first thing you see is technology news. Get over it. If I want technology news, I will type,, or I don’t even want to know how many of CNET’s 2,600 employees it takes to run this charitable venture costing investors $16.65 million last quarter. Again, as, is being used for less than 15% of its capacity.

When I type in, it should be news about everything. I want to see videos of what’s happening around the world. I want to get international perspectives for what is happening in the war in Iraq. People should find ALL possible resources on news information and be able to interact and contribute. Oh so many possibilities!

My current price – $50 to 300 million. Future worth – $0.5 to 1 billion.


  • is fairly well developed and should fetch a good price. I don’t have specifics on how much it costs them to offer what they claim to be a, “a rigorous testing process to ensure it is safe and spyware free”. Unless this rigorous testing process is subsidizing a considerable number of employees, an automated system should not represent a considerable cost. Advertising money here should be flowing comfortably in the black.

My current price $50 to 150 million.


  • – Wow, these people really knew how to pick their names. However, as Google becomes a household synonym for “search” I am less confident in this domain than what I would have been five years ago. I would assume that this is a rapidly depreciating asset and should have been shopped around much earlier. Sell it to Sahar Sarid for his search venture Assista. I am sure he’d appreciate the value it can bring to own the direct synonym to Google in his quest to take a bite of that space.

My current price $10 to 20 million (perhaps more depending on current traffic and revenue numbers)


  • – Give me a break! This baby redirects to Yes, it should be a crime punishable to death. has no home of its own. I’ve personally shopped around to buy chat ccTLDs and have already developed one into a chat site. These sites are great, because they are cheap to build and to maintain, and user loyalty is huge. is a dream domain with immense potential. I want it.

Suggestions for this site are obvious – build chat channels and capitalize on the type-in traffic, which will serve as the commencement of an avalanche of visitors. These people spend 20, 40, 60 minutes straight in a page. Even at $2 CPMs, this is one site that could produce millions. Instead, old grandpa CNET reasons – if they type in it must be they want to read technology product reviews! Shame on you CNET.

My price $300k cash, right now! OK, seriously – $5 to 10 million – and the 10 is pushing it, because there’s no community. This is just a domain name purchase.

Future worth – $10 to 50 million easy. – $5 million – $4 million – 3 million – $2 million – $1 million – $500k – $300k

As you can see from current conditions, a $1.3 billion market cap is reasonably priced. Yes, many of us see potential in a much higher worth, given the properties they own, but right now there is no bargain investment in CNET unless you have the power to enforce radical changes to current management or have faith in Jana’s capacity to push for that change.

2008 Internet Predictions

December 30, 2007 Leave a comment

To continue with the tradition of those who like to make predictions for the New Year, I have recovered an old crystal ball which has shown me the following Internet changes coming for the year 2008:

1. Big search engines will update their algorithm to favor country code top level domains (ccTLDs) in local search related queries.
2. As a result, in part,  of number 1 prices and liquidity of ccTLDs will rise.
3. .mobi will continue to gain momentum, even though I have opposing feelings about this extension.
4. People will learn to understand the importance of IDNs and the value of these will rise – specifically for one word IDNs under the corresponding ccTLD or under the .com and .org.
5. Thousands of wannabe land rushers will flock to try and get a piece of China’s Internet population – and like in the West, most will fail.
6. General Internet users will be more knowledgeable of the Internet and search – reducing Type-in traffic for common words under the .com extension.
7. Many successful Internet ventures will start as tools built for users within Social networks, and no longer start from a single proprietary website.
8. A top Internet executive will be arrested.

Hey, don’t argue with me. This is what the crystal ball showed me, and it was very dusty.

May this New Year bring much love and happiness to all.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Obtiene Generosa Valoración

November 3, 2007 Leave a comment

En la tarde de ayer, participé en la subasta de Snapnames para el nombre “” y he quedado impresionado y satisfecho con la oferta final que este nombre obtuvo. Yo estaba preparado a ofrecer solamente $3,000 por el nombre ya que mis posiciones fuertes de dominios son en .com y en los cctld. Sin embrago, el nombre recibió una demanda espectacular, cerrando en $12,111.00.

Otra nota interesante es que yo pedí el nombre tanto en NameJet como en Snapnames, y a pesar de que estoy generalmente teniendo mejores resultados con Namejet, Snapnames fue el ganador de este drop.

Abajo le dejo con el historial de las pujas para su entretenimiento:

Bidder           Date           Bid Amount           Comment
davidfernand         02-Nov-2007 13:34 PDT         $12,111.00         Auction Completed

davidfernand         02-Nov-2007 12:19 PDT         $12,111.00         Bid Placed

nrnf         02-Nov-2007 12:19 PDT         $12,000.00         Bid Placed

nrnf         02-Nov-2007 12:15 PDT         $11,611.00         Bid Placed

davidfernand         02-Nov-2007 12:13 PDT         $11,111.00         Bid Placed

vaxis         02-Nov-2007 12:11 PDT         $10,611.00         Bid Placed

nrnf         02-Nov-2007 12:10 PDT         $10,111.00         Bid Placed

davidfernand         02-Nov-2007 12:10 PDT         $10,013.00         Bid Placed

davidfernand         02-Nov-2007 12:07 PDT         $8,763.00         Bid Placed

vaxis         02-Nov-2007 12:07 PDT         $8,513.00         Bid Placed

davidfernand         02-Nov-2007 12:05 PDT         $8,263.00         Bid Placed

fatjobbie         02-Nov-2007 12:01 PDT         $8,013.00         Bid Placed

nrnf         02-Nov-2007 12:01 PDT         $7,777.00         Bid Placed

nrnf         02-Nov-2007 11:56 PDT         $7,750.00         Bid Placed

manuelcabeza         02-Nov-2007 11:56 PDT         $7,500.00         Bid Placed

manuelcabeza         02-Nov-2007 11:54 PDT         $4,200.00         Bid Placed

pelayos         02-Nov-2007 11:54 PDT         $4,100.00         Bid Placed

manuelcabeza         02-Nov-2007 10:52 PDT         $4,000.00         Bid Placed

pelayos         02-Nov-2007 10:52 PDT         $3,900.00         Bid Placed

manuelcabeza         02-Nov-2007 10:52 PDT         $3,800.00         Bid Placed

pelayos         02-Nov-2007 10:52 PDT         $3,700.00         Bid Placed

manuelcabeza         02-Nov-2007 10:22 PDT         $3,600.00         Bid Placed

cavalcanti99         02-Nov-2007 10:22 PDT         $3,500.00         Bid Placed

manuelcabeza         02-Nov-2007 09:04 PDT         $2,100.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         02-Nov-2007 04:58 PDT         $2,050.00         Bid Placed

tosk         02-Nov-2007 04:58 PDT         $2,000.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         02-Nov-2007 04:58 PDT         $1,950.00         Bid Placed

tosk         02-Nov-2007 04:57 PDT         $1,900.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         02-Nov-2007 04:57 PDT         $1,850.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         31-Oct-2007 04:03 PDT         $1,750.00         Bid Placed

pelayos         31-Oct-2007 03:43 PDT         $1,700.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 21:27 PDT         $1,650.00         Bid Placed

qubo         30-Oct-2007 21:27 PDT         $1,600.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 15:12 PDT         $1,550.00         Bid Placed

pelayos         30-Oct-2007 15:11 PDT         $1,500.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 15:11 PDT         $1,450.00         Bid Placed

pelayos         30-Oct-2007 15:11 PDT         $1,400.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 14:52 PDT         $1,350.00         Bid Placed

hormiga         30-Oct-2007 14:52 PDT         $1,300.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 14:52 PDT         $1,250.00         Bid Placed

hormiga         30-Oct-2007 14:51 PDT         $1,000.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 14:49 PDT         $975.00         Bid Placed

gh internet         30-Oct-2007 14:49 PDT         $950.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 14:01 PDT         $825.00         Bid Placed

eporcino         30-Oct-2007 14:01 PDT         $800.00         Bid Placed

eporcino         30-Oct-2007 13:10 PDT         $750.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 13:10 PDT         $725.00         Bid Placed

eporcino         30-Oct-2007 13:10 PDT         $700.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 13:10 PDT         $675.00         Bid Placed

eporcino         30-Oct-2007 13:10 PDT         $650.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 13:10 PDT         $625.00         Bid Placed

eporcino         30-Oct-2007 13:10 PDT         $600.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 12:33 PDT         $525.00         Bid Placed

42sn         30-Oct-2007 12:33 PDT         $500.00         Bid Placed

42sn         30-Oct-2007 12:27 PDT         $450.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 12:27 PDT         $425.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 12:27 PDT         $424.00         Bid Placed

piety         30-Oct-2007 12:27 PDT         $399.00         Bid Placed

piety         30-Oct-2007 12:25 PDT         $300.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 12:25 PDT         $275.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 12:16 PDT         $200.00         Bid Placed

piety         30-Oct-2007 12:15 PDT         $190.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 12:14 PDT         $180.00         Bid Placed

realestatebr         30-Oct-2007 12:14 PDT         $170.00         Bid Placed

realestatebr         30-Oct-2007 12:10 PDT         $120.00         Bid Placed

piety         30-Oct-2007 11:53 PDT         $110.00         Bid Placed

namegeek         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $100.00         Initial Bid

eporcino         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $100.00         Initial Bid

oskr         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $91.00         Initial Bid

nrnf         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $89.00         Initial Bid

saggydimes         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $79.00         Initial Bid

toplawyer         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $70.00         Initial Bid

itnet         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $70.00         Initial Bid

jodigirl         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $70.00         Initial Bid

pm87435         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $61.00         Initial Bid

hormiga         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

play         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

incresa         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

loopingmedia         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

qubo         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

tosk         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

manuelcabeza         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

cavalcanti99         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

nastyinca         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

lightning         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

domainname         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

frisky         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

1002626         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

42sn         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

aligned         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $60.00         Initial Bid

pelayos         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

vitorhugocos         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

fhfg489d4         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

duph         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

tsunamypower         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

webfreesnap         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

snaps         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

vaxis         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

benfranklin         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

rocket         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

invisibleguy         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

halvarez         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

bolsa         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

davidfernand         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

comercio         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

cyberair7         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

cirus         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

smudger         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

andino         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

floes         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

mixalakis         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

michaelg1234         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

bigmooli         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

creekway         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

jasebud         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

hydrobob         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

bluesymphony         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

lynchq         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

realestatebr         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

ktyongman         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

gh internet         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

thevirtual         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

milinkovic         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

piety         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

fatjobbie         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid

azuca21         30-Oct-2007 11:43 PDT         $59.00         Initial Bid