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Miami, FL : July 20, 2011
MIAMI, FLORIDA, July 20, 2011 - .CO Internet S.A.S., the official registry operator for the .CO domain, has announced the winners of its inaugural Bulby Awards, which celebrate the trailblazers, big dreamers, innovators and inspiring entrepreneurs that are helping to create the .CO global community. The announcement of the first Bulby Award winners comes on the first anniversary of the global launch of the .CO domain, which has now surpassed one million registrations by people in 200 countries.
There were 45 nominations for the inaugural Bulby Awards across ten categories, covering a variety of sectors relating to the development and marketing of an online business. The winners were chosen via an online voting process.
.CO is rapidly becoming the domain extension of choice for Internet entrepreneurs, as evidenced by hundreds of thousands of sites being developed on .CO domains every day.
“We’ve been thrilled with the broad scope of entrepreneurial ideas and the innovation that has been revealed by this year’s nominees for the Bulby Awards,” said Lori Anne Wardi, Vice President at .CO Internet. “The Bulby Awards provide a snapshot of the healthy state of Internet Entrepreneurship – something that we are very passionate about.”
The winners of the inaugural Bulby Awards, by category, are:
Best Creative Agency
TinyFactory.CO – an innovative web development company based in Las Vegas.
Best Company Site
JCO.CO – a fast growing coffee, doughnut and beverage chain with operations in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
Best New Platform (Joint Winners - Tie)
BZA.CO – an online marketplace for creative objects.
Top10.CO – a social site where people can talk about, discover and share the things they love with the world.
Sociable.CO - a technology news website that analyses the popularity of stories based on social media.
Best Social Idea
NWC.CO - a coworking space and center for independents in New York City.
Coolest Creative Idea
IJS.CO – an innovative ice cream and confectionary shop based in the Netherlands.
Best Startup Resource
ANGEL.CO – the world’s leading community of startups and angel investors.
Best Personal Site
JOAN.CO – comedian Joan Rivers’ official website.
Best Use of a Single Letter Domain
X.CO – one of the shortest, publicly available URL shortening services in the world, created by Go Daddy.
PLAYBUTTON.CO – a hip, wearable music device that features album artwork.
In tandem with the Bulby Awards, .CO Internet recently commissioned a series of digital short films called “Under the Bulb,” which can be viewed at www.UnderTheBulb.CO. Under the Bulb tells the stories of the people behind the growth of .CO. In just about two minutes, each inspiring digital short captures life from the time the big “light-bulb moment” first strikes – through the time each entrepreneur’s ideas are brought to life.
About .CO Internet S.A.S.
.CO Internet S.A.S. is the Registry Operator for the .CO top-level domain. The .CO domain offers individuals, organizations and businesses a truly global, recognizable and credible web address for branding their online presence. Thanks to leading-edge technology, enhanced security and unprecedented rights protections, the .CO domain is poised to become the premier web address. For more information about the .CO Registry, please visit www.Opportunity.CO -- or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.