Investments of the
KeyDrive S.A. Holding

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History

The two member companies of KeyDrive S.A. form a group with long-standing experience in the domain business. Key-Systems and Moniker have reached leading market positions in their respective business areas. The following timeline illustrates their successful way.

  • 2017

    • KeyDrive extends registry business by purchasing the OpenRegistry S.A.

  • 2016

    • Key-Systems implemented SedoMLS

    • KSregistry is the technical registry provider for .cam

  • 2015

    • Management of more than 4.2 million domains for more than 100,000 end and corporate customers and 2,300 resellers in over 200 countries

    • Key-Systems is accredited registrar for more than 1,000 existing gTLD and ccTLD extensions

    • The cloud hosting software platform Atomia integrates RRPproxy fully into its system

    • domaindiscount24 launches CM4all Sites

    • New accreditations in 2015: 107

    • KeyDrive S.A. sells NameDrive S.A.

    • Alexander Siffrin is new CEO of Moniker

    • Moniker launches CM4all Sites

  • 2014

    • Sale of Snapnames to Web.com

    • KSregistry GmbH becomes registry provider for .VG

    • New gTLDs .SKI, .ARCHI, .BIO, .DESI, .ZUERICH, .BMW, .TUI and .SAARLAND using the KSregistry solution

    • Key-Systems GmbH promotes the start of .HIV with a donation

    • Moniker announces John McLaughlin as New Chief Operating Officer

    • Bonnie Wittenburg is new CEO of Moniker

  • 2013

    • KSregistry GmbH becomes registry provider for .GD

    • Key-Systems celebrates 15th birthday

    • Sale of the majority share in the Polish domain registrar AZ.pl

    • Abandonment of the investment in the portal/software developer Avarteq GmbH

  • 2012

    • Start of the cooperation between domaindiscount24.com and Google Apps, delivering domain registrations for Google Apps customers

    • Launch of the operation of .TC, .VG and .GD with Key-Systems’ registration and management platform KSregistry

    • Launch of the operation of Dominica's Top Level Domain .DM with Key-Systems’ registration and management platform KSregistry

    • Acquisition of Moniker and SnapNames

    • Management of more than six million domains by the members of the KeyDrive Group, making it the sixth largest registrar network in the world for generic top-level domains (gTLD)

    • Foundation of the KSregistry GmbH, a fully-owned subsidiary of Key-Systems GmbH

  • 2011

    • Creation of the KeyDrive S.A as a new common holding for the formerly independent companies Key-Systems GmbH and NameDrive S.A

    • Management of more than 3 million domains for more than 70,000 end and corporate customers and 1,800 resellers in over 200 countries

    • "Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Award" as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Germany for the fourth consecutive time

    • Fully automated registration of more than 300 top-level and second-level domain extensions possible, Introduction of more than 50 new domain extensions in 2011

    • Agreements with over 20 new gTLD applicants for registry operation through KSregistry among those some major brands

    • Sale of l #1 publicly recorded domain name Social.com for $2,600,000 (co-brokered with NameQuiver)

  • 2010

    • Foundation of the SKYWAY DataCenter GmbH, a fully-owned subsidiary of Key-Systems GmbH

    • Take-over of the majority share in the Polish domain registrar AZ.pl

    • Sale of Photo.com for $ 1.25 million, the industry's highest Q1-2010 sale

    • Announcement of a 42% increase in Q4-2009 over Q1-2010 premium domain sales

    • Launch of online pre-bidding functionality available prior to the Live auction event and Live auction proxy bidding

    • Accounting for over 60% of the top 20 reported aftermarket domain sales dollars

  • 2009

    • Foundation of Key-Systems USA, Inc. in Leesburg, Virginia and KS Internet Solutions S. de R.L. de C.V. in Monterrey, Mexico

    • Launch of Key-Systems' BrandShelter™, the portal for domain administration and online brand protection

    • Launch of NDX Domain aftermarket

    • U.S. patent 7,627,628 for method of identifying a registered domain name as auctionable

  • 2007

    • Sale of the highest all-cash domain for $9.5 million

  • 2006

    • Management of more than one million domains for end customers and resellers

  • 2007 until 2003

    • Recognition as a top three fastest growing ICANN registrar

  • 2005

    • Regular appearance on the statistic portal webhosting.info among the top 15 of the largest and fastest growing ICANN registrars worldwide - in relation to the number of managed gTLD domain names

    • Foundation with the premise to provide the domaining community with an easier and more transparent domain parking solution

    • Creation of the Live event-based domain auction format

  • 2005 until 2002

    • Foundation of Key-Systems USA, Inc. in Leesburg, Virginia and KS Internet Solutions S. de R.L. de C.V. in Monterrey, Mexico

    • Launch of Key-Systems' BrandShelter™, the portal for domain administration and online brand protection

    • Launch of NDX Domain aftermarket

    • U.S. patent 7,627,628 for method of identifying a registered domain name as auctionable

  • 2001

    • Launch of RRPproxy™, the reseller portal of Key-Systems

    • Development and launch of the innovative technology that created the hugely popular domain aftermarket auction niche for expiring & deleting domains

  • 2000

    • Launch of domaindiscount24™ (dd24™), the domain portal for end customers

  • 1999

    • Establishment as an industry pioneer by offering brokered domain aftermarket sales, escrow and appraisals services

    • Sale of the first ever $1 million domain - WallStreet.com, followed by Autos.com at $2.2 million

  • 1999

    • Foundation of Key-Systems located in Friedrichsthal, Germany