It is ironic that I am likely the last to post a story today about Symbolics.com, I was with Aron Meystedt the day he bought it and had a very fun dinner with him tonight after a very fun and crazy day for him. As most have heard today is the 25th anniversary of the registration of Symbolics.com, who would of known when I first did the interview with Aron that he would end up picking up this very key name in the history of the internet.
To me this domain name, if it was possible, would be featured in the Smithsonian (of course that is not possible), although people like to point out that Nordu.net was registered before Symbolics.com, no one can argue that when it comes to the billions (trillions???) of dollars that will be transacted over the web this .COM domain name is the one that started it. The internet has changed the way we communicate, shop, research, and pretty much do everything in our day to day life. I would consider the first name to have a level of historic importance that ranks pretty high.
Aron is a great guy and to see all the great stories today about the 25th anniversary of Symbolics.com, I am still amazed at how calm he was about it all tonight. You would of never known he had been interviewed across the country and had stories coming in off alerts all day. Just another guy eating a burger at a a local restaurant tonight. And that is why I consider him one of the good guys.
You can also check out the Verisign site celebrating the 25th anniversary at 25YearsOf.com.
Congratulations to my good friend and domain investor Aron Meystedt on his acquisition of Symbolics.com. This is a piece of history changing hands after almost 25 years owned by the same company. The domain name was the FIRST name to actually be purchased by a private entity and is a prize that many have wanted but never been able to acquire. If you know Aron you will understand when I say this could not of happened to a better person, they really do not get any better as a person or businessman. I am still amazed though that he was able to pull this acquisition off.
I spoke to Aron 3 minutes after he acquired it since we had plans to get together to chat and do dinner that evening and he was busy working with his team putting the site together for Symbolics.com, once he told me what he bought I was floored. I have got to say it was a bit cool knowing I was the absolute first to know what he had pulled off. But I was sworn to secrecy, at dinner that night we talked about the fact that this one of the top pieces of history on the web, when it was announced it needed to be done in the right manner. If you wanted to own the domain name that started this world we live in everyday this would be it.
Here is the story as first broke on DNJournal: Symbolics.com DNJournal Story
And also Techcrunch.com : Techcrunch Story