.ME as a Company

.ME as a Company

.ME Registry, the company that operates .ME domain names, is a Montenegrin joint venture founded by Afilias plc, GoDaddy and ME-net d.o.o. that does business as doMEn d.o.o.

  • ME-net is a Montenegrin company with a long history in the ICT sector in Montenegro, which includes successful privatization of the country’s largest ISP.
  • GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar and the largest paid web host provider in North America.
  • Afilias is a leading registry services provider that supports more than 13 million domains worldwide.

How Did we Get .ME? 

It all started shortly after Montenegro gained independence in June of 2006, when the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency assigned the emerging nation the country code – ME. Proud of the country’s new-found sovereignty, the new government of Montenegro took important additional measures to formalize the country’s fledgling independence. One such step was to submit an application to IANA for delegation of .ME as the country’s Top Level Domain (TLD). The delegation was finally approved and took place in September 2007.

Understanding that the word “ME” has a deep meaning and mass appeal in multiple languages, the government of Montenegro decided to open the registration of .ME to the world.

Understanding that the word “ME” has a deep meaning and mass appeal in multiple languages, the government of Montenegro embarked on generalizing the .ME namespace so that anyone and everyone could enjoy obtaining a .ME for themselves. As a result, in November of 2007, a formal public RFP was issued to find a Registration Agent who could provide a world-class registry platform, run operations for an international registry, and deliver marketing expertise to make .ME a worldwide success. The contract was eventually awarded to doMEn d.o.o.

The public-private cooperation agreement was signed in March 24th 2008 for a period of 5 years and extended in March 2013 for another 10 years.

It’s important to note that even though .ME has opened its doors to the world to everyone wanting to secure the most personal domain name for themselves, there are third level domains opened only for Montenegrin people, such as co.me, net.me, org.me, priv.me, and its.me.

Our Mission and Vision

Right from the beginning, we embarked on a journey to make .ME a synonym for “personal” online, whether it is a designated space for creating an online reflection of you and setting the foundations to your personal brand, or for helping brands communicate their dedication to providing a personalised service for their consumers.

We tried to achieve that by running the company with passion and heart. We consider ourselves intrapreneurs rather than employees and we practice what we preach – we make our jobs personal and want to make sure that every .ME domain holder and fan feels like a part of the team. 

Our vision:
To be the No. 1 personal domain name on the Internet.

Our mission:
We are dedicated to making .ME a safe neighborhood, one free from abuse, so that our users may focus on creating online identities that are true reflections of themselves and as unique as they are. There is a personal domain for everyone and our mission is to help individuals create their space online.

Values We Stand For

Making business personal. The idea of .ME being the most personal domain on the web goes deeper than its inherent meaning; it’s connected to the relationships we as a company nurture with our business partners and users. We pride ourselves on making our business human by removing barriers between our registry and .ME domain holders.

Protecting .ME neighborhood. We are doing our best to keep our neighborhood safe and secure to ensure the quality of .ME domain name space. We check .ME domains for abuse on a daily basis, and we suspend domains whose practice and content goes against our policies. We also made additional security-oriented services such as DNSSEC and Registry Lock available for our domain holders.

Giving back to the community. Whether it is about teaching middle-school children how to code, organizing pitching workshops for startups, or awarding scholarships to gifted students, we believe that sharing knowledge is the most efficient way to individual and collective progress. While our CSR efforts are primarily focused on our home country of Montenegro, we try to be as active as possible in all .ME communities around the world.

Corporate and Social Responsibility

We have done our best to promote Montenegro and to take part in its development by being an active member of its community. As one of the leading companies in the IT sector of Montenegro, we are concentrated on raising awareness about the importance of ICT and equipping its community, especially young people, with tools necessary to acquire ICT related knowledge.

Our CSR strategy is based on three major pillars:

  1. Educating young people in a way that teaches them how to code and inspire them to pursue a career in tech.
  2. Introducing the benefits of the digital world for Montenegrins, their businesses, and everyday life.
  3. Sharing our experiences, contacts, and know-how to support our colleagues in the tech industry in Montenegro, and our friends and partners to develop their ideas further.

Read more about the CSR activities we have invested in over the last 10 years. Want a bit more info? Here is a fancy timeline. 🙂

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