With such a thriving tech community in the Denver/Boulder area, it was no surprise that PodCamp Boulder 2 was pure awesome. Especially since it was organized by Jeremy Tanner (Penguin), if you’re not following him…you should be.
It’s a very laid back, usually free, UnConference where social media enthusiasts and professionals get together to talk about various topics. It’s definitely not limited to just podcasting, so the name can be a tad misleading.
I sat in on some great sessions that ranged from International Social Media to Storytelling to Event Planning on a Shoestring Budget. It’s refreshing to sit in a room full of amazing people and openly discuss the various challenges we all seem to be facing in regards to social media. Whether it’s figuring out how to present your content to an international audience or what the best collaboration tools are for your company, the fact that we’re getting together as a community and talking through these issues is really something special.
While a good domain is certainly an integral part in setting up your website, there are so many other factors (SEO, design, etiquette, etc) that go into making it an awesome website. PodCamps are a great way to help you figure out some best practices on how you can show people that awesomeness. If you’re interested in checking out a PodCamp in your area, there is a list of upcoming UnConferences here.
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!
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.
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?!
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.
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).
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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 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.
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.