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Start-Up Raises $100 Million-Plus A Round

Donuts Inc. says it’s raised money to become a registry for generic top-level domains (gTLDs)

A start-up called Donuts Inc. says it's raised more than $100 million in A round funding for the dubious purpose of becoming a registry for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) say like, maybe, .restaurant, .cleaning or .doctor that will be sold through other registrars like GoDaddy.

Austin Ventures led the round with Adams Street Partners, Emergence Capital, TL Ventures, Generation Partners and Stahurricane (Donut founder Paul Stahura's very own venture fund) participating.

Stahura says he can get more money if necessary. The company has also arranged a line of credit.

Donut says it's put in 307 applications for new unidentified generic top-level domains (TLDs) in various character sets like probably Arabic and Chinese. It claims more specific domain names are needed for products and services and reckons "finding a usable Internet address is a real problem. There are more than 125 million total names in the top five TLDs, with three-fourths of them in .COM alone."

Donuts will be using Demand Media subsidiary Demand Media Europe Ltd as its registry services provider. Stahura was president and chief strategy officer at Demand Media.

ICANN is supposed to identify applicants and the TLDs each is applying for on June 13. They cost $185,000 plus $25,000 a year to maintain. Google has already said it want .lol.

Donuts itself is using the extension .co.

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