NamesCon 2017 Agenda

Additional speaker and keynote announcements will be made in the following weeks. Watch for the release of our new mobile app, which will allow you to manage your schedule, access speaker, moderator and sponsor profiles, and connect with other attendees. 

Agenda is subject to change without notice.

Saturday, January 21st


10:00am - 6:00pm

Registration and Name Badge Pick Up

Convention Center Foyer

Take advantage of early name badge pick up so you can skip the line on Sunday and head straight into the Meet the Expert sessions and Network Lane exhibits.

 

Sunday, January 22nd


8:00am - 8:00pm

Registration and Name Badge Pick Up

Convention Center Foyer

Collect your name badge for entry to NamesCon - no paper confirmations are required, the name and/or e-mail address you used to register is all you need!

 

11:00am - 11:30am

Welcome to NamesCon

WP Engine Room

Opening remarks to welcome attendees and officially launch the 2017 NamesCon event, with NamesCon Co-Founder Jothan Frakes.

JOTHAN FRAKES

 

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Network Lane

Verisign Business Hub

Today only! Join us in our speed exhibits hall for an exciting environment of networking and learning about new and returning exhibitors.  Don't miss the beer bar starting a 2pm, compliments of .WS Domains!

 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Domain Investing 101: A How-To Guide for Newcomers

Meet the Expert
WP Engine Room

Meet Michael Cyger, the publisher and founder of DomainSherpa.com, an educational media company that helps entrepreneurs learn about the domain name industry, for a tutorial on how to break into domain investing.

michael cyger, domainsherpa

 

Entrepreneurial Strategy: Tips for Launching Your Startup 

Meet the Expert
Whoisology Room

Through Bold Metrics, Morgan has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name. 

MORGAN LINTON, bold metrics

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Social Media Bootcamp with NamesCon

Meet the Expert
WP Engine Room

Apply tips from NamesCon's social media strategy to your own business, and learn how you can submit news to our media team to make the most out of your conference.

Jordan Yerman, NamesCon; Stephanie Mercier Voyer, NamesCon

 

The Name Game: Discover Unique Naming Strategies and Hacks 

Meet the Expert
Whoisology Room

Discover how to think outside of the box when it comes to name selection. Plus, workshop your own name ideas and get live feedback.

Adam strong, evergreen; victor pitts, name your startup  

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Increasing the Value of New Domains in the Secondary Market

Meet the Expert
WP Engine Room

This session will review the factors for determining the “health” of a name-space and why usage is the key driver of domain name value.

statton hammock, rightside

 

Understanding Intellectual Property and Domains

Meet the Expert
Whoisology Room

Examining copyrights, patents, trademarks and design as they relate to domain names and the law. Learn how to protect your ideas and your brand.

Eugene Rome, Rome & Associates

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Accepting Payments the Safe Way

Meet the Expert
WP Engine Room

Don't get burned by a bad transaction! Escrow services protect both the buyer and the seller, facilitating risk-free deals in the domain business.

jackson elsegood, escrow.com

 

How Can I Monetize My Geo-Targeted Domain Names?

Meet the Expert
Whoisology Room

Learn how to spot a great geographically-targeted domain name and maximize sales for your existing geo-domains portfolio. With a focus on long-tailed keywords and domains that end in realestate, homes, lawyer or other verticals.

Steven Kaziyev, NewYorkMedia.com

 

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Tips for Selling Your Domains Through Auction

Meet the Expert
WP Engine Room

Excited for the 2017 Domain Auction? Preview some of our 2017 auction items and learn what RightOfTheDot looks for during the name selection process.

Monte Cahn, RightOfTheDot; jonathan tenenbaum, namejet

 

What's My Name Worth?

Meet the Expert
Whoisology Room

How to determine fair appraisals and valuations and remove the dark art of subjectivity. Bring your own domain names to discuss with the group!

andrew james, domainagents

 

5:00pm - 5:45pm

3L and 4L.coms: Emergence of a New Asset Class

Meet the Expert
WP Engine Room

Investment opportunities around 3- and 4-letter .com's will be discussed, plus additional topics such as when to sell, when to buy, what the latest market changes are, and more.

omar baig,Domain Nexus

 

Responding to Offers

Meet the Expert
Whoisology Room

Learn the ultimate negotiation tactics so you can get the most value out of your domain names, as well as how to recognize approaches and methods of first contact such as automation, lowballers, and IP traps.

Kevin Fink, ihavethisidea.com; Bill sweetman, name ninja; Mike mcconville, domain holdings

 

6:00pm - 6:15pm

NamesCon Group Photo

All attendees, exhibitors and sponsors are invited to join us for a new annual tradition - a group photo! The group will be corralled in front of the wedding chapel.

 

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Rightside Opening Reception

Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Celebrate opening day of NamesCon 2017 with live jazz music and networking in a casual atmosphere. Wear your name badge for entry.

 

Monday, January 23rd


 

8:00am - 8:00pm

 

Visit the NamesCon information desk for registration, wayfinding, and any other questions you may have for our friendly staff!

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

 
 

9:00am - 6:00pm

 

Verisign Business Hub

For impromptu round table meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the Verisign Business Hub is open to all attendees.

 

9:00am - 9:45am

How Can I Monetize My Geo-Targeted Domain Names?

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

Learn how to spot a great geographically-targeted domain name and maximize sales for your existing geo-domains portfolio. With a focus on pure City brands, long tailed keywords and domains that end in realestate, homes, lawyer or other verticals.

Patrick Carleton,City Advertising Partnerships; fred mercaldo, city brand media

 

Leasing Domain Names

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

There are a lot of domain names for sale that are generating zero cash flow for their owners while they languish unsold. There are a lot of people who would like to test out their website ideas and see if they can gain traction before committing to buy the site outright.

Lauren smith, 36names

 

10:00am - 6:00pm

Exhibit Hall

Visit more than 45 exhibitors in our busy exhibit hall, and don't forget to use the NamesCon mobile app to check in at exhibitor booths and be entered to win fantastic prizes!

 

10:00am - 10:45am

The Evolution of Domaining

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

A vision for the future of domaining and how we're going to get there. The next wave of passive income generation for the savvy domainer.

FRANK SCHILLING, UNIREGISTRY

 

11:00am - 11:45am

Best Practices Selling Domains Through Hosting

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

How can hosting companies and site builders maximize profits by selling domains? Our panel of experts will shine some light on this competitive market.

Michael fountain, enom; Ulrich retzlaff, 1&1 internet de; james Mcniece, squarespace; bob mountain, godaddy; chris sheridan, weebly

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

Dominate the Drop: Best Practices for Successfully Acquiring Deleting Domains

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

Join dropcatching powerhouses SnapNames and NameJet to learn how dropcatching works, and learn useful tips for playing the drop and acquiring these gems.

michael white, snapnames; jonathan tenenbaum, namejet

Moderator: Derek Newman

Presented by Web.com

 

Manage a High Volume of Domains with Ease

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Save time and energy. Learn how to manage a huge portfolio and do it with ease.

Sevan Derderian, Uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

Domain Monetization for Registries and Registrars

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

There are many opportunities for both registrars and registries to generate additional revenue from more than just selling domain names. Discover how your organization can unlock hidden value from data that is readily accessible to you. If you are running a registrar or registry then this session is a must attend event for your business.

michael Gilmour,parklogic

 

What's My Name Worth?

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

How to determine fair appraisals and valuations and remove the dark art of subjectivity. Bring your own domain names to discuss with the group!

Mike Sumner, namebio.com

 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Always Be Closing: Case Studies of Recent Negotiations

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Hear about recent case studies from top industry domain investors and brokers, and learn how the best of the best negotiate their deals.

dave evanson, sedo; richard lau, ocean.net; andrew rosener, media options; gregg mcnair, Premium Traffic Ltd; Theo Develegas, acroplex llc

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

The Most Shocking UDRP Decisions of 2016

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

Which UDRP decision of 2016 is the "most shocking"?  Three expert panelists will each present a UDRP case, competing to persuade the audience as to which case deserves that (dis)honor.  In addition, the ICA will present the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award to the honoree for exceptional efforts in championing domain registrant rights.

nat cohen, Telepathy Inc; jason schaeffer, esqwire.com; zak muscovitch, dnattorney.com 

Moderator: Bill Sweetman
Presented by the Internet Commerce Association

 

Sales Using the 90/10 Rule

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Learn how to sell domains like a pro using Jeff Gabriel's proven strategies and tactics that have made Uniregistry one of the most successful domain name sales organizations.

Jeffrey M. Gabriel, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Aftermarket Sales by the Numbers

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Sales experts will answer the toughest questions posed by domain investors: What is being bought? When are they selling? What are common sales averages? What trends are the most interesting?

alan shiflett, godaddy; dan adamson, uniregistry; andy simpson, verisign; Dima Beitzke, Sedo; tessa holcomb, igloo.com

Moderator: Christa Taylor

 

10 Ways to Creatively Use Domain Names in Your Branding and Marketing Campaigns

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

DNA members will explore how domain names enhance advertising campaigns, providing specific examples of how to make use of domain names within your own marketing strategy.

statton hammock, rightside; richard merdinger, godaddy; jackson elsegood, Escrow.com; neha naik, radix

Moderator: Jeff Sass
Presented by the Domain Name Association

 

Uniregistry Market Syndication for Registrars: Accessing the Market via EPP

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

This presentation is aimed at Registrars primarily, but others interested in how the platform works are also welcome. The EPP-Market allows registrars to use the existing EPP connections to check, create inquiries or purchase names (buy-it-now) in the market. Purchased names can be delivered instantly through the registrar of choice, and can be used right away.

Francisco Obispo, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

Why Content Marketing Matters for Growing Your Business

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

In this session we'll discuss a strategic framework for how to generate traffic, with a focus on creating content that's optimized for search engines.

sean tyson & sam wempe; quietly

 

Accepting Payments the Safe Way

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

Don't get burned by a bad transaction! Escrow services protect both the buyer and the seller, facilitating risk-free deals in the domain business.

brandon abbey and scott reynolds, payoneer

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Investing in New TLDs - Making Money in the Short and Long Term

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Room

 

Join Rightside and a panel of industry experts to discuss strategies for investing in gTLDs and where they see the opportunities are going forward.

Jebidiah Burnett, Rightside; Andrew Rosener, media options; Rob monster, epik.com / digitaltown; Charles Gucciardo, gucciardo law firm

Moderator: Matt Overman
Presented by Rightside

 

 

Sell on the Go

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Learn about Uniregistry's mobile app and how you can sell domains with little more than a tap.

Darren cornwell and marco pompei, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

3:00pm - 6:00pm

NamesCon Domain Auction 2017: Presented by RightOfTheDot

Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Don't miss the annual NamesCon Premium Domain Auction, an exciting event where live bids will compete with online bidding from around the world! Pre-bidding and post Extended Auction will be hosted by our partner NameJet.

Last year’s event resulted in 70% of lots being sold! We are pleased to announce that once again Monte Cahn and World Champion Live Auctioneer Wayne Wheat will conduct the live auction event. Food and beverages will be served.

 

6:00pm-8:00pm

SpamExperts invites you to an open bar event where you can discuss email security issues over drinks as we take over the Trop lobby lounge. Contact one of the SpamExperts reps on site, through the mobile app, or at the event to get your drink token. First come, first served!

*Third party event

SpamExperts Bar Sprawl

Tropicana Lobby Lounge

 

6:45pm - 9:45pm

All are welcome to join the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) at its annual dinner, this year at the fabulous Foundation Room atop Mandalay Bay. Enjoy a relaxed evening of socializing, delicious food, and the opportunity to mingle with the many leaders of the industry who will be attending. Tickets are $100 and are available at https://icadinner.eventbrite.com. New Members attend for free! Join the ICA between now and the start of the dinner and receive a free ticket to the dinner. 

*Third party event

ICA Dinner

Foundation Room at House of Blues, Mandalay Bay

 

9:30pm - Late

Uniregistry After Hours Party

Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand

Uniregistry presents the After Hours Party at Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand - just across the street from the Tropicana. Bring your NamesCon name badge for entry.

*Third party event

 

Tuesday, January 24th


7:00am - 9:00am

The growing community of Christian domainers is reconvening for its annual breakfast get-together.  All are welcome to join for a breakfast buffet, served from 7:30 am, courtesy of the .Bible registry, DigitalTown and Epik.com.

*Third party event

Breakfast Buffet

Partagas 2

 

8:00am - 8:00pm

Visit the NamesCon Information Desk for registration, wayfinding, and any other questions you may have for our friendly staff.

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

 

9:00am - 6:00pm

For impromptu roundtable meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the Verisign Business Hub is open to all attendees.

Verisign Business Hub

 

9:00am - 9:45am

Increase Revenue and ARPU by Offering Additional Online Products

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

Offering domains is just the tip of the ice berg. Domains are the gateway to endless options of online products and services that should be offered to SMBs. Come to this session to hear how our partners are implementing them around the globe.

Moshe livne, websplanet

 

Creating a Brandables Portfolio

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

Learn how startups and Fortune 500 companies alike think about branding to help you create a more valuable ‘brandables’ portfolio.

Luis Balenko, quinstreet

 

10:00am - 6:00pm

Exhibit Hall

Visit more than 45 exhibitors in our busy exhibit hall, and don't forget to use the NamesCon mobile app to check in at exhibitor booths and be entered to win fantastic prizes!

 

10:00am - 10:45am

Building a Business to Last Decades

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

WordPress, co-founded by Matt Mullenweg, already powers over a quarter of the Internet. His billion dollar startup, Automattic, is undoubtedly an Internet success. Come hear about his personal experiences and his next billion dollar idea.

matt mullenweg, automattic

Moderator: Braden Pollock

 

11:00am - 11:45am

DomainSherpa Review, Live!

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Your domains will be reviewed and valued by the Sherpa panel, and you could receive a cash offer to buy your domain on the spot! (Submit your domain at www.domainsherpa.com/namescon up to January 19.)

andrew rosener, media options; frank schilling, uniregistry; shane cultra, DSAD 

Moderator: Michael Cyger

 

Hacks to Building Your Dream Portfolio

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

Join GoDaddy to hear Joe Styler provide valuable tips on how to build your best portfolio. Get tips on what tools to use to search for domain names. How to find the names you want on the China market and how to leverage expiry domain names and auctions.

joe styler and jin wang, godaddy

Presented by GoDaddy

 

Accelerate Growth with Multiple Domains

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Learn how leading companies use complementary domain names to advertise, connect with customers, and highlight special projects and new business lines. As a domainer, learn how to market a package of multiple complementary domains to your buyers.

bret fausett, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

WP Engine Presents: WordPress, the Apex Predator

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

In the past 13 years, no CMS has come close to toppling the power of WordPress. As the technology basis for more than 25% of the entire Web it’s time you give WordPress its due. Join this session and learn about how WordPress plans to evolve through your wildest imagination. 

Tony Gilharry, wp engine

 

Five Facts that Will Change the Domain Game in 2017

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

24 days have already gone through in 2017 – but the new Domain year will bring five significant changes. In this session two true experts will explain what awaits you in 2017.

crews gore and marco hoffman, internetx

12:00pm - 12:45pm

China Masterclass

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

No one can deny that China made a huge impact on the domain industry in the last two years. A panel of industry experts will discuss the latest changes to this enormous and complex market and help us understand the important differences between the Chinese and 'Western' world of domains.

simon cousins, allegravita; george hong, guta; negar hajikhani, sedo; ken hansen, zhongguo ventures, jq tang, 190.c0m

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

Online Security: Protecting and Recovering Your Domains and Social Accounts

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

No one is safe. Hear about recent cases of online domain hijacking and social media theft, and learn what you need to do to protect your most valuable assets. [Stay to the end for a book giveaway!]

james morfopoulos, ocean.net; karen bernstein, bernstein law; stevan lieberman, ap legal; david weslow, wiley rein llp

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

Founder of the Grid: Candid War Stories from the Horizon Between Engineering & Design

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Dan Tocchini shares how The Grid is tackling the impossible with machine intelligence and how his startup shattered the software crowdfunding record.

dan tocchini, the grid

Presented by Uniregistry

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Head to Head: Comparing Domain Registrars

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Who you should trust with your names and why? Registrars duke it out on stage in a bid for your business, and industry leaders discuss how this business is evolving.

Salar Salahshoor, uniregistry; richard merdinger, godaddy; Nicholas Steinbach, name.com; marco hoffmaNn, internetx; dan schindler, donuts inc

Moderator: Bill Sweetman

 

The Cart Before the Horse: Building Your Domain Name into Big Business

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

Domain names are often chosen to match the startup, but what happens when the name comes before the idea? Panelists share stories on how business began with the domain itself, and what tools are out there to help you succeed.

andrew hazen, amazing domains; ken nybeck, resume.com; bill karamouzis, teachme.com, monte cahn, rightofthedot

Moderator: Braden Pollock

 

Sales Using the 90/10 Rule

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Learn how to sell domains like a pro using Jeff Gabriel's proven strategies and tactics that have made Uniregistry one of the most successful domain name sales organizations.

jeffrey m. gabriel, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

Join Tony Woodruff and Holly Bishu to learn how your contributions help support WaterSchool, and why charitable action is a cornerstone of successful business practice.

TONY WOODRUFF AND HOLLY BISHU, WATERSCHOOL

Supporting Clean Water Initiatives With WaterSchool

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

 

The Google Chrome Effect: SSLs Will Radically Change Domains

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

In January 2017, Google and other browsers will begin flagging non-secure sites that accept passwords or payments with a security alert. We’ll share with you why this move has huge implications and how you can build trust with your customers and eliminate security risk for your organization.

ken stoddart, symantec

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Will Branded TLDs Impact the Marketplace in 2017 and Beyond?

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

In 2016 we saw the initial roll out of the strategies for many of the world’s largest companies using their .brand Top Level Domains. Why are these companies doing this and what is the value proposition in moving away from the well-known .com digital footprints? Is this just a fad or are we witnessing a change to domain name branding for the future?

Cole quinn, microsoft; matt serlin, markmonitor

Moderator: Jothan Frakes
Presented by the Domain Name Association

 

Women in Domaining on...Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

Supporters of Women in Domaining take on a prevalent challenge within the tech industry: how to recruit and retain good talent.    

lisa box, wp engine; elaine pruis, donuts inc; amanda waltz, igloo.com; cybele negris, webnames 

Moderator: Derek Newman

 

 

Seeing is Believing:
A Live Demo with Molly, the First AI Web Designer

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

She’s young, a little quirky, and continually evolving. 24/7, she’s experimenting and learning what works and what doesn’t. Watch her creative juices flow while whipping out custom designs in minutes.

mark edwards, the grid

Presented by Uniregistry

 

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Dollars and Sense of .net

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Join Verisign for this not-to-be-missed keynote address with Scott Schnell, SVP Global Marketing and Channel Management. 

*Please note that Scott Schnell is replacing Pat Kane for this session.

Scott Schnell, verisign

 

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Games Tournament

Exhibit Hall

Wrangle your colleagues and demonstrate your prowess at one of the many games in our Exhibit Hall! The official tournament will begin promptly at 4pm for any teams who show up to the game of their choice. Refs will coordinate from there. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

 

MMX Partnership Happy Hour

Uniregistry Keynote Hall

Come meet the thoroughly refreshed MMX (formerly known as Minds + Machines). Enjoy good drinks, raffle prizes, fun swag and new partnerships!

 

4:30pm - 5:30pm

WaterWalk Challenge

Exhibit Hall

Teams of two can enter the race upon making a donation to WaterSchool, and will form a relay team to compete in heats with the goal of making the finals. Challenge other companies to match your donation to support WaterSchool, or just come watch the race! Those who donate will receive a VIP wristband for entry to the WaterNight Gala.

The winning team will share the grand prize, a $350 Amazon gift card courtesy of MMX, while the "runners up" each get a free pass to NamesCon 2018.

 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Women in Domaining Dinner

Partagas 2

Attendees will enjoy a healthy dinner buffet, and of course the unique opportunity to connect with other women in the domaining industry! This is a complimentary event, and no RSVP is necessary. The first 100 women through the door will receive a gift bag, and several door prizes will also be given out. If you’re a woman in tech, this event is not to be missed!

 

9:00pm - 2:00am

WaterNight Charity Gala

Havana Club at the Tropicana Hotel

Join us for our annual night of generosity, with live music and epic head shaves, where we hope to exceed $150,000 in donations for WaterSchool! Pledges will be confirmed or accepted at the door to gain entry to the Havana Club.

 

Wednesday, January 25th


9:00am - 6:00pm

Visit the NamesCon Information desk for registration, wayfinding, or any other questions you may have for our friendly staff! Shipping assistance may be coordinated at the FedEx Centre.

Information Desk

Convention Center Foyer

 

9:00am - 3:00pm

For impromptu roundtable meetings or a quiet place to set up and work, the Verisign Business Hub is open to all attendees.

Verisign Business Hub

 

9:00am - 9:45am

Leasing Domain Names

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

There are a lot of domain names for sale that are generating zero cash flow for their owners while they languish unsold. There are a lot of people who would like to test out their website ideas and see if they can gain traction before committing to buy the site outright.

hiram ip, nameforest

 

Lead Generation Roundtable

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

Do you have domains that are a good fit for leadgen but don't know how to get started? Bring your questions and we'll discuss the best way to monetize your domains with leadgen.

braden pollock, legal brand marketing

 

9:30am - 9:55am

Scaling the Internet’s TLD space from 22 top-level domains to hundreds, and one day potentially thousands is a game-changer on many levels. Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, will sit with Christian Dawson, Executive Director of i2Coalition, to discuss developments within the evolving DNS industry including strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

akram atallah, icann

Moderated by: Christian Dawson

DNS Industry SWOT Analysis, 2017 Edition

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

 

10:00am - 3:00pm

Join us for a final day in the bustling Exhibit Hall - check in with any exhibitors you haven't had a chance to meet, challenge colleagues to one of the games, or have that final meeting in one of the lounges.

Exhibit Hall

 

10:00am - 10:45am

Paul Mockapetris, one of the inventors of the Internet Domain Name System, discusses the history and the future of DNS combined with personal anecdotes and insights about innovation within the digital frontier.

paul mockapetris, Threatstop, inc.

Inventors of the Internet

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

 

11:00am - 11:45am

While India has a low internet penetration rate of 19% it is close to replacing the US as the 2nd largest market with almost 300 million internet users. With more than 50 million new users per year, India cannot be ignored. Find out what makes this unique nation tick.

karn jajoo, Radix; Paul Singh Sawhney, platform.in; Shiva Kandula, our.inDeepak Daftari, esiksha.com  

Moderator: Braden Pollock

India Masterclass

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

 

Look forward and anticipate the prosperity and growth of TLDs for existing and future launches. Utilizing experiences and insight from current cases into the next round and beyond.

steve heflin, afilias; toby hall, mmx.co; jeff sass, .club; Anthony Beltran, 101domain

Moderator: Christa Taylor

A Look Ahead at New TLDs

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

 

Get exclusive access to the product, design, development, and support teams at Uniregistry to provide your feedback and have your burning questions answered directly at the source.  

the uniregistry team

Presented by Uniregistry

Behind the Scenes at Uniregistry

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Room

 

Practical Strategies for Disciplined Growth

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

Get actionable advice on how to get your business off the ground. Learn how to craft a pitch, gain initial traction, and what tools you can use to supercharge your business capabilities and productivity.

bennett collen, cognate

 

MX Monetization - History, Learnings and the Future

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

Processing email or “MX” traffic to generate additional revenue on portfolios of domain names. Join Tom Bartel, CEO at ThreatWave/founder of Bounce.io, covering the industry’s largest MX monetization operation for the domain investment community.

tom bartel, threatwave

 
 

12:00pm - 12:45pm

 

Cashflow is the lifeblood of this asset class. Re-evaluate how to manage and monetize your portfolio to achieve higher ROI.

michael gilmour, parklogic; david warmuz, above; yancy naughton, hastraffic; marlon phillips, protected parking

Moderator: Christa Taylor

Domain Monetization: Managing a Portfolio for Profit

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

 

Renowned industry bloggers will discuss top news stories from NamesCon 2017, their most memorable moments, and what they hope attendees will take away from the conference.

Angela st. julien, brand.bar; mike berkens, The Domains / Worldwide Media; ron jackson, dn journal; andrew allemann, domain name wire; shane cultra, dsad

Moderator: Braden Pollock

Bloggers Broadcast: Dispatches from NamesCon 2017      

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

 

Learn how the Uniregistry Market was built with you in mind.

john smrekar, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

Making the Uniregistry Market - Present and Future

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

 

1:00pm - 1:45pm

NamesCon founder Richard Lau will interview serial entrepreneur Elliot Noss to gather his personal insights on building a company for the long term.

elliot noss, tucows

Moderator: Richard Lau

The Pragmatic Rebel: a Fireside Chat with Elliot Noss

Panel
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

 

“Privacy and Your Domains” is a breakout session that will focus on the ICANN and legal updates related to privacy services and domain names. The session will provide unique perspectives about what is happening at ICANN and in the courts and we will hear from industry leaders about the importance of keeping privacy available for domain registration.

Nick Beizer, GoDaddy

Presented by GoDaddy Legal

Privacy and Your Domains

Breakout
Neustar Breakout Stage

 

Sales Using the 90/10 Rule

Breakout
Uniregistry Breakout Stage

Learn how to sell domains like a pro using Jeff Gabriel's proven strategies and tactics that have made Uniregistry one of the most successful domain name sales organizations.

Jeffrey m. gabriel, uniregistry

Presented by Uniregistry

 

What's Right and Wrong with DNS

Meet The Expert
WP Engine Room

Get a closer look at the inventor’s perspective on the state of the DNS, as well as suggestions for the future.

paul mockapetris, threatstop, inc.

 

Accepting Payments the Safe Way

Meet The Expert
Whoisology Room

Don't get burned by a bad transaction! Escrow services protect both the buyer and the seller, facilitating risk-free deals in the domain business.
 

stevan lieberman, AP Legal

 

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Executive Roundtable: Industry Trends Forecast for 2017

Keynote
Uniregistry Keynote Hall

V- and C-level executives identify emerging trends from NamesCon 2017 - and make predictions not only for the year ahead, but for the years to come. This memorable keynote panel will mark our final session for this edition of NamesCon!

JOHN SMREKAR, UNIREGISTRY; JEFFREY ECKHAUS, RIGHTSIDE; JOHN KANE, AFILIAS; PAUL NICKS, GODADDY; Sandeep Ramchandani, radix

Moderator: Jothan Frakes