Donuts Takes Key Step Toward New gTLD Operation, Bolsters Team

First Initial Evaluation Results Confirm Eligibility, Technical and Financial Strength; Industry Operational Veterans Join Senior Staff

Donuts logo[news release] Donuts Inc., a registry for new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs), has passed a key milestone toward operation of new and varied Internet naming options.  ICANN, the industry’s technical coordination body, confirmed with the first wave of results from its evaluations of new gTLD applications that the Donuts registry is technically and financially prepared to operate the gTLDs examined thus far.

The results—in this instance for a gTLD in Chinese characters that translate to “shop” or “store”— included extensive checks of company and executive backgrounds and further confirm Donuts’ fitness to safely and securely administer the gTLDs for which it has applied.  ICANN has signaled that the first new gTLDs could be approved before the end of April, and Donuts now looks ahead to the final approval and contracting stages before new gTLDs are delegated.

“We appreciate the painstaking work of the ICANN evaluators to ensure applicants are well-equipped to operate stable new gTLDs,” said Donuts CEO and co-founder Paul Stahura.  “We’re pleased to have this and other steps moving to conclusion, and are looking forward to providing new naming options and refreshing the over-constrained domain name system.”

Indeed, Donuts is prepared and well capitalized.  In its public launch last June, the company announced it had raised more than $100 million in private equity funding, and was prepared to add to that total if necessary to compete for its applied-for gTLDs.  Donuts’ management team includes a group of seasoned and respected industry veterans.

CTO, Director of Operations Join Company

The company has bolstered its management ranks with the addition of Chris Cowherd as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Vice President, and Elaine Pruis as Director of Operations.

Cowherd, part of the domain name industry since 2000, brings the capability necessary to architect, secure and operate the Donuts registry system and all parts of the company’s technical infrastructure.  An expert in domain name system security and stability, Cowherd is versed in the technical requirements for registrars and registries to provision and manage domain name registrations.  His previous experience includes tenures with eNom and Microsoft.

Pruis is responsible for day-to-day implementation of Donuts’ technical systems and integration of Donuts’ products and services into the domain name registrar channel.  Part of the industry since 2002, Pruis brings expertise in strategic development, technical training, product management and channel development and support.  She has held positions previously with Minds+Machines and the Council of Country Code Administrators (CoCCA).

“The skills and knowledge Chris and Elaine bring to Donuts are an exact match for our current and long-term needs,” said Donuts Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Richard Tindal.  “Donuts is committed to operational excellence and secure and stable gTLDs, and Chris and Elaine will help bring about that level of performance.”

About Donuts Inc.

Donuts is a domain name registry that is widening competition and choice in Internet identities through hundreds of new top-level domain name choices, securely operated in multiple languages and character sets.  Donuts is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with offices in Southern California and Washington, D.C.  For more information, please visit www.donuts.co.