The Czech company hoping to apply to ICANN for the .free top-level domain next year has secured an undisclosed investment from local domainer Jan Barta.
Jeremie Godreche from dotFree described the deal as “an active and long term relationship”.
Barta is the founder of Elephant Orchestra, a domain investment and lead generation company based in Prague. You can read a recent interview with him in the Prague Post here.
DotFree appears to have recently overhauled its web site also.
It now has a planned launch schedule that would see a .free founders program open in January 2012 and its sunrise period begin a year later.
Now there’s confidence.
I expect .free to be a contested gTLD, and we won’t find out until April at the earliest how many other applicants are also chasing it.
The company plans to monetize .free by charging for 200,000 premium names and imposing an annual upgrade fee on registrants with more than one non-premium domain.
It has had 97,000 pre-registrations since last November.