Yun ye, the exceptional domainer
by domisfera (Domainers)
Yun Ye was born in June 1972. He was only 32 years old when he sold his portfolio to Marchex.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University (Mass.), a very good (and expensive) institution. A complete course today costs between $20,595 and $56,855, health insurance apart. They have a whole building devoted to computer science and a curriculum, today’s quite attractive. He was there between 1992 and 1995, obtaining the graduate cum laude in Computing and Economics. He managed to be on Dean’s List each semester.
In 1995 went to study at the University of MaryLand, which also pointed to the ACM (Association for Computer Machinery), one of the leading associations in research, development and collaboration. In 1998 got the Master in Computer Science.
Apart from studying, he also worked since 1994 in various companies held various positions: Professor of Unix , Systems programmer, Web developer… It’s important to remark his last known position: he was manager of 50 workstations (Digital Unix, Solaris, Irix, Linux, and Ultrix) in the Department of Physical MaryLand.
As personal projects he developed a metasearch engine in 1996, performing petitions to various search engines and leaked the results using several criteria.
As for the knowledge and skills of their curriculum (practically he knows everything) highlight the parallel processing (PVM, MPI, LSF), programming (BSD Socket, C + +, Perl) and networks (SATAN). In addition to speaking three core languages for domain business of today and tomorrow: English, Chinese and German.
After his university education, he mounted a domain company with his wife Jin Lu called noname.com. Fully dedicated to capture domains. If you have curiosity here are some of the procedures opened for such activity: Drakken Ltd. v. Noname.com and Ye Yun , Traditions Ltd. v. Yun Ye, Interactive Television Corp.. v. Noname.com (480).
At that time they then lived in Freemont, California. Lu has been actively involved in the affairs of her husband. In May 2001 gave an interview to the Denver Business Journal because noname donated childabuse.org domain to a non-profit organization in Colorado. They went from 50 visits a day to 1000.
One month later, Ye starte Ultimate Search in Hong Kong and moved to this skyscraper of Vancouver, Canada.
He caused an earthquake in the market when he sold the November 23, 2004 a large part of his portfolio, with over 100,000 domains, to Marchex for 164$ million. It is estimated that the portfolio will generate approximately 20 million $ annual revenue.19$ million are profit.
Marchex (MCHX) is listed on the NASDAQ. When performed the operation grew from less than 10$ to more than 25$.
As a first-class programmer, Ye used its own software to build their portfolio in the late 90 and early in the new century. He became an expert in capturing or buying expired domains that people leaving or forgot to renew. Today his system is still secret.
At that time, Chad Folkening (CEO of ecorp.com) was a very disorganized domainer of Indianapolis who sometimes forgot to renew some of their domains. After the lost of 100 domains, he realised that Yun Ye was the person who almost instantly have registered them, so he decided to investigate.
He began sending mails to the contact addresses of whois, but he never received any response. In 2001, when he had 7.000 domains, Folkenig decided to go to one of the addresses contained in the whois.He only found a letter box, so he left a postit for Yun Ye with his phone and more data.
Ye sent him an e-mail two days later, but during the following two years had no contact until a Folkening’s friend arranged an appointment with Ye in a bar of Los Angeles. Folkening was speaking almost all the time. Later, Folkening would realize that the guy in the bar could not have been the real Ye. A little time later that suspicion was confirmed by Yun Ye via email.
The lawyer of Ye, John Barryhill said, "My client never spoke with the press and I will not answer any questions about him."
And it seems that in this business the best fox is the one who makes less noise when entering henhouse.