Conferences

Headed to GeoDomain Expo!


Our bags are packed (okay maybe not yet) and we’re headed off to the big easy for three jazz-filled days of domains and networking! Geodomains are nothing new, but like anything “location-based” these days, they are starting to gain more mainstream popularity. If you’re a small business, this presents a great opportunity to geo-target your customers. If you’re a domainer, there is ample opportunity to build out and monetize a geodomain.

We’ll admit, we’ve been excited about geodomains for some time now. If you haven’t checked it out already, our Geodomain search tool is a pretty nifty project we’ve been working on. But shameless plugs aside, we’re really excited for the sessions and networking events that Associated Cities have lined up for this year’s GeoDomain Expo...

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SXSW in 30 seconds


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We were at SXSW Interactive last week and, yes, we’ll admit we’re still recovering. The festival has grown so much that it’s a little overwhelming to try and keep up, but we managed to find our fair share of great panels, parties, and people. Here’s a little video we threw together with the footage we got when we actually remembered to use our camera. :)

SXSW in 30 seconds from Name.com on Vimeo.

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.TEL at Macworld!


.TEL booth at Macworld

Heard of .TEL? It’s pretty darn cool. It’s a low cost TLD that acts as a digital business card — a single point of contact that allows people to access all of your contact information on an easy to manage website. The best part is no hosting costs are required, everything is included in the cost of the domain, which Name.com happens to sell for just $9.99 $8.99!

Our friends from .TEL, Justin and Henri, were at Macworld to show off their two impressive (and open source!) iPhone apps that allow you to manage your .TEL domains and all of your .TEL contacts easily and quickly directly from your phone. My.TEL (app store link) is the domain management tool and Superbook (app store link) is the contact management tool...

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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

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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 ...

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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 Preside...

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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.

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Name.com Heads to GeoDomain Expo in Chicago


Name.com is a proud sponsor of the 2008 GeoDomain Expo presented by Associated Cities. I’ll be hitting Chicago for the show. If you’d like to connect live and in person let me know. I’ll be there for the entire show.

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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?

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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)...

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