Short interview with Rick Schwartz – His start with domain names

You already know how I got started buying domain names when I was 14. Now you can learn how some of our industry’s major players got their start in the world of domain names, starting out with Rick Schwartz.

Rick Schwartz
Rick Schwartz

JF: How did you discover the domain name industry?

RS: Via 800 Vanity Numbers as my prior buisness that still is running and earning income today.

JF: What was the first domain name you purchased as an investment?


JF: What was the first domain name you sold, and for how much?

RS: eScore to Kaplan Educational in New York for $100k on a $100 domain name I purchased 3 years earlier

JF: How have you become so well known in the industry?

RS: By sharing my knowledge and calling out bad actors since the day I got online.

JF: Has this helped you succeed?

RS: Yes and no. It cuts both ways.


A big thank you to Rick for taking the time to answer my questions.

It’s always interesting to see how people find the domain name industry. I found it because of a game and Rick found it because of an existing business. You can see which of those is working out :-)

Coming up in the next couple of days are interviews with Ron Jackson of and Andrew Allemann of

Do you want to share your story with the world? Shoot me an email via my contact form. I want to share how an average domainer like myself got started, too.


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