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Domainfest – Day 3

Day three started off with another session of PITCHfest where Rapid Domain Builder ended up taking home the award this time. They were up against DevRich, Skinected, and Root Orange — who walked away with the People’s Choice Award, congratulations guys!

Fairmont Miramar Hotel

After another lovely lunch outside it was time for the Moniker Premium Live Auction. The auction lasted four hours and generated over $920,000 in sales — the big sellers being LoanCalculator.com for $215,000 and GolfLessons.com for $65,000.

Now that the business day was over it was time for the real fun to begin.

Girl Party at the Huntley Hotel

Before heading off to the Playboy Mansion for the DomainSponsor party, we stopped off at the Huntley Hotel for an awesome (and much needed) girl party — a tradition we hope to continue at future events. To quote Kate (missfaucher), women in the domain industry..who knew?!

Playboy Mansion Party

After a little champagne to get us warmed up it was time for the highlight event of the conference. We hopped on a fleet of buses and headed to the Playboy Mansion for an extravagant party and fundraiser benefiting Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue Foundation. With close to 200 models hired for the night, it was quite the experience.

All in all DOMAINfest 2010 was an impressive event that has us very excited about all of the cool things happening in the industry. It also presented us with some excellent networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces when we head to New Orleans in just a week and a half for Domainer Mardi Gras.

Domainfest – Day 2

The second day at DOMAINfest was a blast. We were very excited about the Keynote from Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com. Here at Name.com we share a lot of the same philosophies on company culture and using good customer service to help build your brand. It was an amazing keynote and so much of what Tony had to say really resonated with us, it was very inspiring. Below is a brief excerpt of his keynote (please excuse my camera repositioning at the beginning).

DOMAINfest Keynote from Name.com on Vimeo.

After a lovely lunch outside (yay for no rain) we sat in on a couple of interesting sessions on Turning Killer Domain Names Into Killer Websites and How Prime Internet Real Estate Builds SEO and SEM Success, but I must say the highlight of my afternoon was the massage I got courtesy of Elephant Traffic. Thanks guys. 🙂

Getty Center

In the evening they moved us all to The Getty Center for a dinner party and we had so much fun. It’s such a beautiful building and the views of Los Angeles are spectacular, not to mention the art itself. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for day three.

Domainfest – Day 1

The first day of DOMAINfest was exhausting, but super fun. We kicked off the day by visiting the exhibition tent and checking out all of the booths. Our favorite booth was probably The Water School, an organization that is working to provide clean drinking water to communities in need. If you haven’t heard of them, you should definitely check them out. Awesome stuff.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel

After that we hopped over to the PITCHfest session where four companies presented new ideas on domain monetization. Verisign, Elephant Traffic, AdMarketplace, and Tempesta Media presented to a panel of judges that included such distinguished names as Frank Schilling, Adam Rioux, Eric Liaw, and Ron Sheridan. Later in the day the honor was awarded to Adam Epstein of AdMarketplace.

Following lunch Jeff Kupietzky, CEO and President of Oversee.net, gave his Opening Remarks speech — an interesting overview of the state of the domain industry. Below is a brief excerpt of his speech.

DOMAINfest Opening Remarks from Name.com on Vimeo.

The last session of the day was a panel on the new gTLDs that ICANN is planning to roll out this year. A topic that most everyone seems to have mixed feelings about. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this develops in the coming months.

Huntley Santa Monica Beach

We ended our first day at DOMAINfest with the swanky demand MEDIA party at the Huntley Hotel.

All in all it was a great, but very busy, first day.

Welcome to DOMAINfest!

We’re excited to be in Santa Monica this week for DOMAINfest! DOMAINfest has been around since 2006 and is now the biggest industry trade show out there. After just walking around for a couple of hours it has been a veritable who’s who of industry professionals. We’ve already met some great new people as well as old friends, and things are just getting started. 🙂

We are at the whim of available WiFi networks, but we’ll do our best to keep you updated on all the fun stuff going on this week.

See what’s happening behind the scenes at name.com!

Hi everyone! After being on board with Name.com for just three weeks, I can honestly say that I work with an awesome group of people. The energy, creativity, and enthusiasm that I see from our team on a daily basis is inspiring. That being said, I can’t help but share a little bit of the awesomeness with you.

Now you can keep up with the shenanigans going on behind the scenes here at Name.com by following some of our company accounts:

And there will probably even be a few more to come (yes, we love social media!).

If silliness, beer, and ping pong aren’t your cup of tea — you can always follow our official company account on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook to keep up with the latest official news. Either way, don’t be a stranger. 🙂

Name has a Community Manager!

Hi, my name is Lesley and I’m happy to announce that I’m the new Community Manager here at Name.com! When you talk to us on Twitter, Facebook, or some random forum — that will most likely be me, nice to meet you. 🙂

Just a little about myself: I come to Name after acting as the community manager for Brightkite.com, a location-based social network. I was a film major, I’m an avid cyclist, I love baseball, and I’m a huge nerd. I’m also here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us, or even myself personally, if you have any questions or feedback.

I’m very excited to be working for a company like Name and you’ll be hearing a lot from me. I look forward to talking with you!

Name.com on the Road

While I’m enjoying the month of June here in sunny and arid Denver without any work related travel, you fine folks can catch up with Bill at DomainerMeeting and the ICANN meeting in Paris.

In July I’m back on the road with two trips to Chicago. We’re sponsoring the GeoDomainExpo so come find me at the W City Center July 10-12. If I see you wearing a Name.com hat on the show floor I’ll have a free gift for you. I’ll only have a couple of gifts with me, so you might want to try to find me before I run out.

Two weeks later I’ll be back in the windy city for HostingCon July 28-30 where I hope to catch up with some folks from my previous life in the hosting industry.

Will I see you there?

Doing Good Is Cool Again

Name.com went to London earlier this month to attend a voting party for the Webby’s People’s Voice Awards. The event was sponsored by The Public Interest Registry, the registry behind the .ORG extension, to highlight several diverse organizations that are making the Internet a better place.

As suggested by the invitation, Name.com brought along one of it’s favorite .ORGs – Idealist. Idealist.org is an interactive website dedicated to allowing individuals and organizations the ability share and exchange resources and ideas as well as locate opportunities and supporters while taking steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

In addition to Idealist.org groups such as GreenPeace, Wikipedia, AlertNet and VideoLAN presented inspirational slide shows and summaries of their missions. Following the presentations topics including international education, viral marketing and community building were discussed during a press conference.

Alexa Raad, CEO at PIR, explains the mission of .ORG as promoting “great content that inspires, advocates and educates a newly globalized and connected world.”

Check out some of the footage from the event over at PIR.

Domain Roundtable Auction Results April 2008

The auction has been slow starting, but there are spurts of activity. So far the most action has been on lot #82 – Retire(d).net, which sold to the room for $23,500.

Through 90 lots there’s been 20 sales for $82,970 total. More to come.

Through 160 lots 38 names have sold for a total of $177, 520

Here are the final results. Note, several domains were revisited after the gavel originally dropped.

83 Names sold for a total of $416,012.

That’s a tenth of the total $ and about half of the total number of domains from the first DomainTools.com auction in Seattle. Attendance was down considerably from last year. I’m sure that contributed to the lack of blockbuster sales. Last year saw three high five figure deals, four six figure deals as well as a million dollar winning bid on Rebate(s).com totalling $2.5m. This year those deals were conspicuously absent. The big winner this year was Debug.com at $25k. The average sale was just over $5k.

Lot | DomainName | $

3 SecretCodes.com $4,500
4 Service.org $12,000
10 MentorOhio.com $200
12 Pintos.com $1,500
21 CleverLyrics.com $300
26 HospitalClothing.com $3,500
29 MortgageProposal.com $410
35 DataBeam.com $1,000
38 DomainNameTransfer.com $3,000
43 CamperShow.com $1,000
46 XmasToys.com $3,800
47 BusinessRefinance.com $3,100
48 EuropeanExcursions.com $500
49 FloorRemodeling.com $900
51 TradeStocks.cc $100
54 FreeNameServers.com $1,001
63 HuntingtonCalifornia.com $1,850
66 DrugAbuseTreatment.com $2,900
80 SendBulkEmail.com $900
81 NameParking.com $15,000
82 Retire.net $23,500
88 SecretIngredients.com $2,000
93 LakeMohave.com $3,000
94 KitchenAndBathroom.com $3,200
101 AutoRespond.com $2,900
102 BasicInstall.com $400
103 330.com $23,000
105 Dangers.com $7,600
108 WorldExchange.com $4,700
109 Chopstick.com $10,000
110 BigStore.com $6,000
111 TvMarkets.com $7,000
112 ToyMarket.com $4,500
115 FreeGuide.com $4,700
119 DigitalRights.com $4,000
122 Keyword.net $4,000
124 AutoDirectory.com $8,200
126 RefinanceDebt.org $1,000
129 Approvers.com $1,000
141 Crier.com $1,750
142 CollegePlacement.com $2,000
152 SiteInspector.com $2,500
156 RacingSuspensions.com $1,500
158 CuteDoggy.com $400
161 RetirementInvestments.com $2,900
164 NewClosets.com $2,000
165 MyQuote.com $10,000
170 BoundModels.com $250
171 Taliban.com $7,000
172 Fatherless.org $300
174 LakeMichiganWaterfront.com $1,200
179 GreatHaircut.com $300
180 InkRefiller.com $500
189 SwingerSpace.com $5,000
190 BuyMedication.com $1,250
193 AmsterdamVacations.com $5,000
198 Tempe.mobi $1,600
204 WirelessMouse.com $11,000
205 conf.com $6,600
209 AllergyProblems.com $5,000
221 FoodExports.com $1,000
233 TheTemple.com $1,300
243 Debug.com $25,000
247 ModelingJobs.com $16,000
254 Moral.com $11,000
256 FrenchCooking.com $4,900
257 Robbin.com $4,300
263 Shaft.com $17,000
264 Ammunition.cc $200
270 Cosmetics.net $18,000
275 CreditScoreTracker.com $2,500
280 Pallets.net $2,100
281 Skids.net $500
289 Hyperlinks.com $17,000
294 TransportShips.com $201
296 Insulators.com $11,000
303 FitnessNet.com $6,700
308 VideoArt.com $4,200
313 Famo.com $3,500
314 RomanticRestaurant.com $10,000
316 Stubborn.com $12,000
326 Complacence.com $1,000
348 Preannounce.com $400

Aside from the numbers the auction moved much quicker than last year. I’m not sure about the future of Roundtable/DomainTools auctions. They are up against the juggernaut of Moniker/SnapNames. I like the idea of the Roundtable auctions because the auction agreement is much less restrictive than Moniker’s, but at the end of the day if the bidders aren’t showing up it isn’t going to matter.