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How to safely look for company names/URL's ?

I recently found a great name/URL for a start-up on instantdomainsearch.com. I did not purchase URL right away since I wanted to get feedback first. Today, I was very disappointed when I noticed that a big registrar company snatched it away on the same day I found it. I did not tell anybody and I did not even make a note on my computer.I feel that I need to use Whois only.Does anybody share my experience? Thank you!

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Jessica Alter
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Jessica Alter Entrepreneur • Advisor
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It's pretty well known that Go Daddy looks at search volume and buys ones they think are going to be bought. I always use whois.com to look at domains...
Hartmut Jahn
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Hartmut Jahn Entrepreneur
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Thank you, Jessica! By the way, many years ago it must have happened the first time but I thought it was a coincidence. I won't touch GoDaddy anymore.
Michael Brill
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Michael Brill Entrepreneur
Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products
Maybe spend your $1 to lock it in next time?
Martin Nemzow
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Martin Nemzow Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Search name ownership directly on each registry rather than through an aggregator which uses your search as data,,, Marty Nemzow [removed to protect privacy] and cell (+1) 401 481-2660 [image: www.HopeFloatsFund.com] LinkedIn Google+
Edwin Miller
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Edwin Miller Entrepreneur • Advisor
4x CEO | Founder/CEO at 9Lenses | Board Member | Author | Angel Investor
Only use whois and purchase immediately and then don't renew. I hate the squatting, but given domains have become real estate, I must do so.
Hartmut Jahn
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Hartmut Jahn Entrepreneur
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Thank you, ladies and gentlemen! Lesson learned..
Richard Pridham
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Richard Pridham Entrepreneur • Advisor
Investor, President & CEO at Retina Labs
I suggest that you listen to a Reply All podcast episode entitled: "This Domain is For Sale". It talks about the mysterious Byzantine underworld of domain sales. It's quite interesting how this market operates.
Martin Nemzow
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Martin Nemzow Entrepreneur • Advisor
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What is URL for cited podcast?
Danny Sung
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Danny Sung Entrepreneur
Owner & Founder at Sung Heroes LLC
I use whois on the command-line. But so far, I've found that I can trust my domain registrar (namecheap.com). They're affordable, but seem to be of high quality and integrity as a business.
Carl G. Lawson
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Carl G. Lawson Entrepreneur
Founder at Model Kit Central
The podcast can be found at:http://gimletmedia.com/episode/7-this-website-is-for-sale/ - good info!
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