Doppler.com has been acquired by Doppler.market from Telepathy, Inc. in a big domain name upgrade for the new startup.
Doppler offers api and password management for developers and is listed in a recent article on Inc.com for 50 World-Changing Startups at #16. According to the article, Doppler is co-founded by Brian Vallelunga and Phillip Chao, who are currently operating in “stealth mode”.
Telepathy, Inc. has owned the Doppler.com domain since at least 2001, which is the oldest whois history record provided by DomainTools.com. The domain has been registered since January 23, 1999.
Estibot puts an estimated value on the domain name at $131,000.
To note, I did tweet about this domain movement yesterday as I often report domain name movements and Twitter suspended my account for 12 hours. They stated I violated Twitter rules for posting “private information” in my tweet. That is totally false. I did not post any “private information”, all information in the tweet that I wrote was in the public domain already and included the fact that Telepathy owned the domain name prior and it was acquired by Doppler.market.
The tweet: “Doppler(.)market does a BIG #domain upgrade and acquires Doppler.com from Telepathy, Inc. according to whois. (may be a lease, payments, equity etc? and not an outright purchase, will confirm). Congrats @vallelungabrian Doppler offers dev management tools. #6figs”
A whois record from DomainTools shows, the domain was owned by Telepathy, Inc. prior, as stated in my tweet. This is a public whois record to note below, but no whois screenshot of any kind was included in my tweet:
Since I was not directly involved with the deal, there is no way that I would have the transaction details, so I mention in the tweet: “may be a lease, payments, equity etc? and not an outright purchase, will confirm” Notice the ? I did send an email to Telepathy and I have not heard back yet. Nothing “private information” to this anyway but I wanted to be clear about it.
I then congratulate @vallelungabrian who is one of the founders of Doppler:
Brian also does a “confirmation” the domain was acquired and tied to him in his Twitter profile by displaying the Doppler.com domain name. To note, when I posted my tweet, it still stated Doppler.market in his profile and that he still worked at Uber. The above screenshot was taken later in the day, after I was suspended and the information stated in his bio had changed from earlier in the day.
Then I finish off my tweet with the hashtag #6figs because Estibot gives an appraisal of the Doppler.com domain name in six figures:
So, I don’t really know what else to say about this whole suspension situation for posting “private information”. IMO, it’s 100% false and it’s more likely that somebody reported my tweet as saying I posted private information, maybe even Brian? even though he hearted my tweet just after publishing it. I did not publish any private information! All data was gathered in the public domain as documented above. I feel like I’m being censored. Prevented to share the facts with you. Why? because somebody may have “reported it” but then I would have to assume that Twitter Verified this before actually DOING the suspension? Maybe, maybe not? Shoot first, ask questions later?… doesn’t work that way.
I did appeal Twitter’s decision but personally, the censoring damage is already done. The false accusations were already harmful to myself. Investigative reporting is often very hard. “Breaking News” is hard. I often report on things that do not exist, yet. I report on things “early” where I’m often contacted by people asking how I got the information and so fast. The truth is, I look and I look in many of the right place that you can also look to find the very same public information.