I started in 2000 when I wanted a personal email address, I searched for weeks for a .com until I found MapleOne.com
I grabbed it and Frank@MapleOne.com
Then a friend said what if someone send to Frank@Maple1.com
So I registered Maple1 and pointed the email to MapleOne and of course you know what happened next. Then I wanted the .ca's and finally the .net's and a domainer was sitting on MapleOne.net. He quoted me a hefty sum and I waited over 10 years for him to drop it and I snatched it up.
So for the first two years I bought about 60 domains and ran under MapleOne.
In 2002 I owned MapleDomains and I was going to change my company name to that but the .com was taken and I was quoted 10k. So MapleDots was born and believe it or not my inspiration for the name came from https://www.dippindots.com
and not from domaining.
So now I own 5 companies and the holding company is called MapleOne while my domaining company is MapleDots.
I started domaining in earnest in 2002 and had DomainDirect (now called hover) register every single .ca and dot com of two beginning letters and canada. So MBCanada.com & MBCanada.ca and every variant. There were over 600 available and the owner of the company wrote a script and grabbed them all for me. Over the years I sold a ton of those and dropped the ones that had no traffic.
After that I registered almost every available Maple with a second word in .ca and .com because I figured the canadian symbol is the maple and a lot of businesses would be looking for that. I was right and eventually Huge Domains figured it out too and they always bid against me on a Maple.com.
Over the years I have sold a lot of Maple Domains and that has become my niche but since then I have evolved once more and now it is mainly one word .ca domains that I purchase.
So there is a MapleDots history lesson