Internet Pioneer and Former IETF Chair Dr. Paul Mockapetris Joins .NU Domain as Technical Advisor
Board of Advisors to Guide .NU Domain into the Next Millennium
Medfield, MA, November 1, 1999 — .NU Domain Ltd (www.nunames.nu), one of the fastest growing Top Level Domains (TLDs) on the Internet, announced today that Dr. Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), has joined .NU Domain as Technical Advisor. The company also announced that Internet business executive, Tom Ziola, intends to join its Board of Advisers as Business Advisor.
As Technical Advisor, Dr. Mockapetris will help guide the build-out of .NU Domain’s technology and infrastructure to make it a leading TLD Registry services provider and domain name Registrar. “The goal is to build a system that can compete on service and technology with Network Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: NSOL), and is second to none for innovation,” said .NU Domain President J. William Semich. “Paul Mockapetris is one of only a handful of people with the ability to help do that.”
Dr. Mockapetris is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Urban Media Communications. He has held numerous top-level positions in successful Internet businesses including CTO for Cerent/Siara, CTO for Software.com, advisor to Ipivot, Director of Engineering for @Home, Director of the HPCC Division at USC/Information Sciences Institute, and Program Manager for Networking at ARPA.
During his career in networking, Dr. Mockapetris has developed many of the key technologies of the Internet. Dr. Mockapetris wrote the first implementation of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), was the creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), and was its first implementor.
Dr. Mockapetris has a long record of service to the Internet community, including Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), membership on the US Federal Networking Advisory Council, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and Chair of the IESG. He received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.
“.NU Domain has done a lot of things right over the past two years,” said Dr. Mockapetris. “And I’m pleased to have this opportunity to help them move to the next level.”
“Paul brings unmatched breadth and depth of knowledge in DNS technology and experience in Internet governance to his advisory role at .NU,” said Semich. “With his guidance, and that of other members of our Board of Advisers, we will be ready for the rapid acceleration in growth we foresee in the year 2000.”
In his role as Business Advisor to the .NU Domain, Mr. Ziola will help advise the Company on business strategy and managing future growth opportunities. Mr. Ziola has 15 years experience in venture capital, high-tech start-ups, and Internet services. He is currently Director of Business Development at Microsoft/WebTV. During his career he has successfully guided a number of high-tech and Internet start-ups through the challenges of initial launch, capital fundraising, and high-growth. He has also worked with established technology, media, and network services companies in the US and internationally. Mr. Ziola has a Stanford MBA, and degrees from both Harvard and Brown Universities.
About .NU Domain Ltd
.NU Domain Ltd, a US-based private corporation, offers the only competitive alternative to Network Solutions Inc.’s. (Nasdaq:NSOL) .com domain name. The .NU Domain Ltd targets end users and the small office/home office (SOHO) market, as well as Internet users in countries with restrictions on the domain name registration process. The .NU domain is one of the fastest growing TLDs on the Internet.
Current .NU registered customers are located in dozens of counties throughout the world, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, the UK, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Finland, Indonesia, Belgium, Singapore, France, the Canary Islands, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, as well as the US.
The list of registered .NU domain names ranges from names registered by large corporations including, entertainment software publisher, Blizzard Entertainment at www.starcraft.nu, the Renault Group at www.renault.nu, International Data Group Corp. at www.idg.nu, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company at www.coca-cola.nu and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. at www.goodyear.nu to personal sites like the Swedish floor ball team Södra Kärr at www.sodrakarr.nu and the Leonardo DiCaprio fan site, www.dicaprio.nu.
.NU Domain Ltd also offers domain name parking services for customers who need to lock in a domain name but have no immediate plans to use it, the .NU InstantWeb™ Forwarding Service that provides URL forwarding for your .NU domain name to a GeoCities, Tripod or other Web site without a unique domain name, and .NU InstantMail Forwarding so AOL, GeoCities, Hotmail and other mail service users can have a unique .NU mail address. You can visit .NU Domain Ltd on the World Wide Web at www.nunames.nu.