California.com Part Of 10 Domain Name, Multi-Million Dollar Sale

The California.com domain name was the premium domain in a 10-domain name package that recently sold to One Planet Ops with plans to launch a new website reflecting the best the Golden State has to offer in early 2019. The package also included 3 ‘adult’ domain names that will be used to promote human rights issues rather than more obvious uses or resale. The actual price was undisclosed, but the package sold “for an undisclosed mid-seven figure amount.”

The plans for the development of California.com include a public launch of the platform in early 2019 making it a destination website that will allow visitors to discover the magic of California in a unique new way. Not slated to become just another directory or ordinary review site, One Planet’s leadership team anticipates making California.com the definitive, go-to portal for all things California.

“Major domain names like this one don’t often change hands these days,” said One Planet’s founder and CEO Payam Zamani. “We’re incredibly excited about the enormous potential of California.com—and when it launches we expect it to alter the landscape of our state’s global web presence.”

One Planet’s staffing in California, Zamani added, will increase over time by at least 40 employees working on California.com.

The deal also included three domain names that would typically be used for content that the One Planet team would not find appropriate, these domains are: CaliforniaSex.com; CaliforniaGirls.com; and Californication.com.

Rather than offering those three domain names for resale, One Planet, a company that takes its social impact mission seriously, intends to re-purpose them as sites that promote the equality of men and women, advance the education of girls, stop human trafficking, and advocate for the oneness of humanity.

Payam Zamani has a background in developing online businesses with good domain names having originally co-founded Autoweb.com in 1994, the first U.S. online car-buying service. Its successful 1999 IPO reached a market cap of $1.2B.

One Planet Ops has a unique business model—with each investment it makes and every entrepreneurial company it creates, it attempts to build a powerful combination of business success and social good, of Innovation+Intention.

The article headline and first paragraph were updated to reflect the package was part of “an undisclosed mid-seven figure” sale, not the $1 million package sale as previously reported.