Speaker Profile: Joe Styler

Joe Styler
Product Manager and Aftermarket Evangelist — GoDaddy.com
Twitter | LinkedIn


FAST FACTS

Session Name: GoDaddy Hacks to Building Your Dream Portfolio
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Number of years in the domain industry: 11 years
Favourite extension: .com
Domain name you wished you owned: too many to list, but styler.com
Now reading: Contagious by Jonah Berger - A book about how to market
Now watching: Masterpiece Theater on PBS
Best city for conferences: New York City, NY
Your mentor: Miguel Lopez

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there?

GoDaddy is a large company with a focus on helping small business customers be successful with all online aspects of their business, from buying the perfect domain to building a functional e-commerce solution. This includes a focus to help domain investors and their small businesses through our Aftermarket department. I have been here for 11 years and have seen it grow from a start up to a public company. There have been many changes over the years, but our goal of helping customers succeed and providing an excellent customer service experience have remained steady.

 

What can attendees look forward to during your session?

Ideas for finding great names to build up their domain portfolio and some ways to use the tools we have to identify and possibly save money and time when buying domains.

 

What can attendees do in order to prepare for your session? Are there any questions or scenarios they should consider in advance?

They should look over auctions.godaddy.com, and familiarize themselves with the search features. It would also be helpful for them to download the GoDaddy Investor App from the App Store or through Google Play for Android.

 

What would you like attendees to learn or take away from your session?

How to find great names they can resell for a profit by using our tools to discover the right names quickly.

 

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

I think some of the new extensions are great. Personally I have some for a side business I run, such as theatretickets.nyc, .la, .vegas, .club, etc. I also have some for investments such as nevada.company (to keep in the Vegas theme), as well as some other extensions. I think it is wise to diversify.

 

What kinds of changes do you foresee within the industry in the next year? 5 years?

I expect to see continued global adoption and expansion of domain names which is why it is helpful to have a company to partner with who has its feet on the ground in offices worldwide, including Europe, Asia, South America and of course North America, with teams that speak the local languages to help convert domain sales for you. I also think there will be continued adoption and expansion of the new gTLDs and ccTLDs.

 

What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon?

Seeing old friends and making new ones. I always look forward to seeing the exciting changes that are announced in the industry and to see what other companies are releasing, so we can all push each other to make the experience better for our customers. I am excited to have some valuable meetings as well.

 

What industry trends or topics do you think will be at the forefront of panel and keynote discussions this year?

International domain markets, the new TLDs and their future and impact, and the policy changes and legal issues facing everyone who is in the domain industry.

 

Who are you excited to hear speak at Namescon? Why?

Paul Nicks. He is my boss and friend. I have seen his role and responsibilities grow over the years and it is always exciting for me to see him have the opportunity to share what he knows with people. He has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the Aftermarket as a whole.

 

What's something most people don't know about you?

I was a pastor before working in the domain industry, at one point I even worked as a Chaplain for the now World Champion Chicago Cubs.

 

What advice can you offer those who are just getting their start in the domain industry?

Make friends and seek advice from people you can trust. Think a lot and experiment sparingly on domains until you get the hang of it in order to limit the learning curve. Also don't be afraid to ask, most people in the industry are extremely approachable and happy to help. GoDaddy has a whole department of people who want to see you succeed as well, so do not be afraid to leverage that.

 

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

We help people buy names as investments just as people would buy real estate. We help people buy undervalued assets and then help them sell them to someone who can use them for their business or brand.

 

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?

Spend them with my wife and kids.

 

Latest and greatest accomplishment in your career?

Speaking at NamesCon of course! I am also honoured to be included in a book that comes out in January, Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World. It is about networking and its importance in your life and career.

 

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Sequoia National Park. I like to go camp there. It is a place where I get no cell service and if I force myself, no WiFi, although that is getting harder and harder to escape. I can get away and spend quality time unwinding and get time to think away from the Internet, which is good from time to time.

 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Work hard, do good in school, learn as much as you can, and make as many friends as you can. That way you always have options and are never stuck where you are in case things change and you don't like your work.


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Featured Attendee Profile: Jesse Pilcher

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Jesse Pilcher
Senior Domain Name Consultant — Rightside
LinkedIn


FAST FACTS

Location: Seattle, WA
Favourite extension: .ninja
Domain name you wished you owned: world.news
Now reading: To Fat To Fish
Now watching: Westworld
Best city for conferences: Rio, Bazil

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there.

Rightside is all about helping you tell your story, your way. And with our solutions platform, it’s easy for resellers, registries, registrars, and domain investors to build and grow their businesses. Simply put, we believe there's more opportunity on the right side of the dot. I came to work for Rightside in June.

 

Can you tell us about your last time at NamesCon and what you got out of it?

This is my first time attending NamesCon.

 

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

At Rightside we obviously love the new TLDs and they give people and companies a lot more options for branding and creativity.

 

What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon?

I'm looking froward to see how well certain domains do in the auction.

 

Who would you like to hear speak at NamesCon? Why?

Dave Chapelle because he is the funniest man alive.

 

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

I help clients find and register the perfect domain(s) for their project.

 

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?

Sleep.

 

What's the most recent thing you learned?

You use sardines to make Caesar dressing.

 

Name three things you can't travel without.

Bose noise canceling headphones, bubble gum and flip flops.


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NamesCon Facebook Giveaway

Impatient to reconnect with an old colleague or make new friends at NamesCon 2017? Looking to win free stuff? We have your back! 

RSVP to NamesCon 2017 on Facebook by marking yourself as “Going”,  and check out who else will be joining the party this coming January in Las Vegas! Plus, to reward those of you looking to get a head start on connecting with fellow attendees, Namescon has decided to organize a little giveaway:

Ten randomly-selected NamesCon attendees who have RSVP'd on Facebook will receive one free coffee from the .BLOG coffee hut. It’s the perfect way to stay energized and on top of your game throughout the conference! Make sure to share the news with your friends and work buddies, and perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to catch up around a FREE cup of joe. 

Let us know you're coming here.

Speaker Profile: Alan Shiflett

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Alan Shiflett
Aftermarket Sales Manager — GoDaddy
Afternic.com


FAST FACTS

Session Name: Aftermarket Sales By the Numbers
Location: Boston, MA
Number of years in the domain industry: 9 years
Now reading: The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
 

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there?

I have worked at GoDaddy for almost 8 years and have spent 3 of those at Afternic. The Aftermarket Division of GoDaddy is dedicated to helping Domain Investors have success, through acquiring, managing and selling their domain names.

 

What can attendees look forward to during your session?

We will be using GoDaddy Aftermarket data to point out industry trends and how they can be used to increase your domain sales.

 

What would you like attendees to learn or take away from your session?

Attendees should leave with a greater understanding on how to leverage their resources, both those at GoDaddy/Afternic and elsewhere, to increase their overall revenue.

 

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?

Afternic is the world's largest domain marketplace. As a domain investor you can list your domains in one place and then we handle the rest. With our extensive reseller network of partners we put your domains in front of end-users and leverage our world-class sales team to help you maximize your overall revenue.

 

What's something most people don't know about you?

I lived in Bolivia and Peru for two years, often in places with no electricity or running water. I had some experience with domains before this, but it was my Spanish-speaking ability — which I learned while living down there — that resulted in me working for GoDaddy; I was brought in to help start the first bilingual Sales and Support team. Chances are if I never lived in Bolivia then, I would not be here today doing what I am doing now.

 

What was one of your biggest "Aha!" moments in life?

In kindergarten I had a speech impediment which prevented me from properly pronouncing my R's. One day I had a marvellous "Aha!" moment when I realized that if I told people I was from Boston, then I would be the "cool kid with the Boston accent" rather than the "kid who can't pronounce his R's." This radically changed the course of my life, since in order to pass as a Bostonian I naturally had to cheer for the Red Sox. This decision, made as a kindergartener, ultimately resulted in setting myself up to take a position at Afternic in Boston following the acquisition by GoDaddy.

 

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Acadia National Park. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." -John Wooden

 

What object would you put in a time capsule that best represents who you are today?

 

A picture of my family at a basketball game.


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Featured Attendee Profile: Jebidiah Burnett

Jebidiah Burnett
Senior Domain Consultant — Rightside
LinkedIn


FAST FACTS

Location: Kirkland, WA
Number of years in the domain industry: 4 years
Favourite extension: .attorney
Domain name you wished you owned: i.live
Now watching: WestWing
Best city for conferences: New York City, NY
Your mentor: Elida Flores

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there.

Rightside is a domain industry leader in end to end domain services. Offering registry, registrar and aftermarket services. I have been with Rightside for 4 years.

 

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

Love them! New TLDs bring an opportunity to the market for investors and end-users alike. It opens so many doors to your online personality.


What fact about you would surprise people?

I have four kids. 19, 16, 12 and 3 years old.

 

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

I consult with business, investors and end users on the benefits and opportunities in the new domain extension space.

 

What are you proudest of in your life?

My children. I have four amazing kids who everyday teach me perseverance, enlightenment and show me the joy in all the small things.

 

Latest and greatest accomplishment in your career?

Looking at the top 20 ngTLDs sold and knowing I have had a major impact on that list.

 

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Pacific Raceway, Kent WA.

 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Don't be the next good something, be the first best anything.


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Speaker Profile: Paul Nicks

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Paul Nicks
VP & GM, Aftermarket — GoDaddy
LinkedIn


FAST FACTS

Session Name: Executive Roundtable: Industry Trends Forecast for 2017
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Number of years in the domain industry: 10 years
Favourite extension: .com
Domain name you wished you owned: Paul.com or PN.com — both currently owned by the same guy!
Now reading: Complete Sherlock Holmes
Now watching: WestWorld
Best city for conferences: New York City, NY
Your mentor: My Dad

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there?

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers, and manage their work. I have worked at GoDaddy and within the Aftermarket team specifically for 10 years.

 

What can attendees look forward to during your session? 

I believe we've only just seen the beginning of international domain investment; India and China are both going to loom large over the industry for years to come.

 

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?

GoDaddy offers investors the lowest advertised regular pricing through our Discount Domain Club, while also offering the broadest aftermarket distribution via AfternicDLS.

 

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

They can provide a great outlet for a startup who can't afford a premium .com, but some registries are pricing their domains within the same range as a good .com, which I believe is dampening adoption.

 

What kinds of changes do you foresee within the industry in the next five years? 

I see more international adoption of domains as SMBs continue to grow in developing nations.

 

What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon?

Seeing old friends.

 

What industry trends or topics do you think will be at the forefront of panel and keynote discussions this year?

Probably China, again.

 

What's something most people don't know about you?

I grew up on a 32' sailboat with a family of four.

 

How did you get your start in the industry?

I'm a software engineer by trade and came into GoDaddy as a development manager over our CashParking product. My first conference was T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in Miami in 2007.

 

How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?

Well, I'm pretty far off the Astronaut path I envisioned... I was always interested in computers and the Internet however, so working for one of the largest Internet companies in the world is very exciting.

 

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?

Hang out with my family.


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NamesCon Auction hosted by NameJet and Right of the Dot

We are thrilled to announce that NameJet and Right of the Dot will once again be hosting a live domain name auction at NamesCon 2017. Raise your paddle high because this is the perfect chance to expand your portfolio with ultra-premium domains! The auction, held at the Tropicana hotel on January 23rd between 3pm and 6pm PST, promises to be one of the biggest event at this year’s conference. 

Some of the industry’s best .COM and new gTLDs will be up for grabs at the auction. Confirmed names include LEADS.COM, SPORTSCARS.COM, PATTY.COM, STOP.COM, WINECLUB.COM, GOLD.CLUB, SINGLE.COM and E.HOSTING. Also available to the highest bidder is a special super-premium bundle featuring BAR.COM, BAR.NET, CAFES.COM, GRILL.COM, PLACE.COM, PUB.COM SHELTER.COM. There will be an estimated 125 names for the taking at the live auction on January 23rd in Las Vegas, with 300 available in the overall auction which continues online until February 2nd, 2017.

Pre-bidding is now in full swing in preparation for the launch of NamesCon 2017, so make sure to check out NameJet’s page regularly to see what exciting new names have been added to the list. Please note that in order to bid, you’ll need to have a NameJet account and a ticket for NamesCon (get yours here, now). Looking to put your domains up for sale at this year’s auction? Submit your names here (be warned: only ultra-premium domains will be considered). 

The last two NamesCon auctions resulted in over $3.5 million in sales. Now, that’s something to get really excited about! Notable domains sold last year included HOMECARE.COM ($350,000) WINE.CLUB ($140,000), TUSCANY.COM ($157,000) and PENIS.COM ($110,000). New TLDs also had their chance to shine — PALEO.DIET sold for $1,700 only hours after being given away. 

"The partnership between Right of the Dot and NameJet, combined with the venue of NamesCon gives this domain auction the necessary ingredients for it to continue being the best domain auction in the industry. We are proud to host this auction at NamesCon." - Richard Lau, NamesCon co-founder

Make sure to purchase your NamesCon tickets, register for a NameJet account and warm up your bidding arm for the big auction on January 23rd, 2017!

Featured Attendee Profile: Brandon Swanson

Brandon Swanson
Senior Domain Names Consultant — Rightside
LinkedIn


FAST FACTS

Location: West Seattle, WA
Favourite extension: .live
Domain name you wished you owned: a.live
Best city for conferences: New York City, NY

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there.

We own and operate 40 of the new TLDs on the market. I believe we're in an industry on the edge of great things. Technology constantly changes and those who don't adapt tend to get left behind.

 

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?

People, especially the progressive new generations, want information as quickly as possible. The closer you can get people to understanding what you do, the quicker they will engage. The new TLDs provide domain names that can tell people exactly what you do in the shortest amount of time — a quick glance. Since it is nearly impossible to register anything relevant from the legacy extensions, the new TLDs open up the opportunity to truly create a short story in under 15 characters.

 

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

They represent common sense.

 

What kinds of changes do you foresee within the industry in the five years?

A greater recognition of new TLDs from the general public. It takes time to break people of the old norms, but I believe it will happen over the next five years.

 

What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon?

Hearing all varying opinions on the new TLDs.

 

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

We make it easier for people to find you online with relevant, meaningful, web addresses.

 

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?

Chill.

 

What's the most recent thing you learned?

That common sense is not common at all.

 

What was the best surprise you've experienced so far in life?

That my wife agreed to marry me!

 

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Property up in the woods in GoldBar, WA.

 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Don't burn bridges.


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Speaker Profile: Bob Mountain

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Bob Mountain
Chief Revenue Officer — Afternic.com
Twitter | LinkedIn


FAST FACTS

Session Name: Best Practices Selling Domains Through Hosting
Location: Cambridge, MA
Number of years in the domain industry: 7 Years
Favourite extension: .Saké
Now reading: La Chute, Albert Camus
Now watching: The Walking Dead
Best city for conferences: New York City, NY
Your mentor: Jason Hubbard —  my boss at my first job.

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there?

Afternic.com is the world's largest premium domain reseller network. We connect most of the top registrars and hosting companies together using our innovative Fast Transfer technology to provide premium domains to businesses and organizations around the globe. I've been at Afternic since 2009.

 

What can attendees look forward to during your session? 

Exploring methods to better leverage sales channels such as Hosting and Registrars to expand distribution of your domain portfolio. How best to package your domains to achieve your revenue goals.

 

Are there any questions or scenarios attendees should consider to prepare for your session?

Which sales channels are currently working best for you, how do you measure success, and where would you like to see improvement?

 

What would you like attendees to learn or take away from your session?

I'm hoping for an interactive session in which success would mean that attendees leave with tangible and actionable techniques to increase sales of their domain portfolio, or confirmation that they're nailing it.

 

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?

Afternic.com can dramatically expand your reach to a global audience of end-user domain buyers and increase your sales by promoting your inventory to new potential customers.

 

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

New TLDs have dramatically expanded consumer choice for domain names. Awareness and aftermarket activity are still lacking but over time it will be interesting to see which ones emerge as winners. Tiered registration pricing seems to be working well in the channel and has enabled registries and registrars to directly monetize the premium segment early in the life of these extensions.

 

What kinds of changes do you foresee within the industry in the next year? 5 years?

.com remains dominant but water level rises with a subset of other extensions expanding their audiences. International growth will continue to accelerate and outpace the U.S. as populations in emerging nations come on-line.

 

What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon? 

Catching up with customers and friends, and learning about new developments in our industry.

 

What industry trends or topics do you think will be at the forefront of panel and keynote discussions this year?

For domain investors — driving revenue performance from their domain holdings and building their portfolios more cost-effectively.

 

Who are you excited to hear speak at NamesCon? Why?

NamesCon has turned into a major domain industry event and we see a wide range of established players and new entrants attending. These panels are a great way to share knowledge and get excellent feedback from attendees.

 

What's something most people don't know about you?

I'm a rabid New England Patriots fan.

 

How did you get your start in the industry? 

I joined NameMedia in 2009. A number of former colleagues from Lycos were there including Jeff Bennett who was president and COO. I ran business development for them until Afternic's acquisition by GoDaddy in 2013.

 

What advice can you offer those who are just getting their start in the domain industry?

Don't hesitate to reach out to the domain veterans in our industry, I've never seen a group of people who were as willing to help newcomers.

 

What was one of your biggest "Aha!" moments in life?

In college when I realized that I really enjoyed programming computers.

 

How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?

Not sure I can remember that far back...

 

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

I identify areas where my company can collaborate with others, find those places where assets complement each other for mutual benefit.

 

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?

Read.

 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

Kazumi Tabata, a teacher I had in college, said: "You'd be shocked at how far beyond your limits you can go when you need to."

 

Latest and greatest accomplishment in your career?

Working on the team to conceive and launch the NameFind portfolio.

 

Where is your favourite place to escape?

The coast of Maine.

 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

My father told me to "never be a jerk", but he put it more colourfully.

 

What object would you put in a time capsule that best represents who you are today?

A good cigar and a bottle of Junmai Daiginjo saké.


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Featured Attendee Profile: Fred Mercaldo

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Fred Mercaldo
CEO — City Brand Media, LLC
Twitter LinkedIn


FAST FACTS

Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Number of years in the domain industry: 12 years
Favourite extension: .com
Best city for conferences: Las Vegas, NV

Q&A

Describe your company and how long you have been there.

City Brand Media presently manages over 450 City brands, both domestic and international. I am the CEO and CoFounder. It all began with the purchase and the successful development of Scottsdale.com.

 

Tell us about your last experience at NamesCon and what you got out of it?

2016 was my first attendance at NamesCon, and it was very productive. I was able to have meetings with many of my existing clients, as well as making some new contacts that became significant clients of City Brand Media.

 

Can you tell us about how your service helps deliver value to your customers?

We provide complete platform, marketing, content, hosting and revenue generation for our City(dot)com owners. Our scalability and many years of success in the hyper-local space gives us a major advantage over single site operators; the ability to develop national advertising revenue, along with local advertising revenue and content, are all major pieces to the puzzle. We are undertaking a major initiative in this space, and it doesn't happen overnight. We are progressing on the right path.


What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

We are major .com supporters; we have not entered any contracts with gTLDs, and believe that while there may be certain TLDs that have value, our focus is on the dominant .com brand.


What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon?

I will be attending with some key associates and executives from City Brand Media, and hope to develop additional monetization and partnership strategies with key companies. We tend to partner with only "best in class" providers and organizations.

 

How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?

After leaving college early, I always envisioned having my own business. I have not had a "job" in over 30 years!

 

What's the most recent thing you learned (big or small)?

How partnering with the smartest, brightest, dedicated and experienced people in my industry makes things much easier.

 

Where is your favourite place to escape?

We have a second home in the White Mountains of Arizona, in a golf community called Torreon. It is the perfect getaway, and one of the major attractions is the weather. In the summer months, when it is 112 degrees in Scottsdale, it is only 85 degrees in Torreon, as we are at 6300 feet elevation. Vacation wise? Hawaii, Mexico and Europe.

 

What object would you put in a time capsule that best represents who you are today?

A video of my beloved Chicago Cubs game 7 World Series victory! I spent 15 years in Chicago, lived near Wrigley Field, and my love for the Cubs has been with me since 1980.

 


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Veterans Day Flash Sale: NamesCon Tickets now $399

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In recognition of Veterans Day in the USA and Remembrance Day in Canada, we're having a $399 flash sale with proceeds going to Veterans Village Las Vegas. Purchase your NamesCon 2017 tickets before 12pm on Saturday, November 12 using the NeverForget discount code and we'll match your $200 in savings with a $200 donation to Veterans Village Las Vegas — our next ticket phase takes effect on November 16, when prices jump to $799.

Last year we donated $2,800 to Veterans Village — and we hope to exceed that this year with your help! Veterans Village Las Vegas is a unique and innovative 501 c3 nonprofit organization. They are dedicated to providing transitional housing for United States Veterans with on-site services including a 24/7/365 crisis intervention centre, medical and mental health referrals, job placement, Three Square Regional Food Bank nutrition, clothing, twelve step addiction programs, and a host of other services.

Please use the following link to register: Veterans Day Flash Sale, and share widely with your network so we can maximize our donation amount! We’re committed to offering our loyal attendees the opportunity to attend NamesCon 2017 at a fraction of the final ticket price of $999. So register now to save big with our "NeverForget” $399 promotion. Note that the discount registration link expires at 12pm PST on Saturday November 12, 2016. 

WaterNight 2016 Video by NamePros

We are gearing up for WaterNight 2017! To help remind us all of the importance of this annual fundraising event, NamePros has just released their coverage of WaterNight 2016 – featuring interviews with Richard Lau, Co-Founder of NamesCon; Tony Woodruff, Program Director of WaterSchool; Ron Jackson, Editor of DNJournal, Shallom Johnson, Assistant Producer of NamesCon, and Edward Zeiden, Managing Director of NamePros. 

Interested in participating in WaterShave 2017?  NamesCon is currently searching for H2Officers willing to donate every hair on their head to raise funds for WaterSchool's charitable efforts in developing countries.

WaterNight 2017: Call for H2Officers!

NOW RECRUITING :  H2OFFICERS TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR WATERSHAVE EVENT

Take part in one of the most exciting charity events of the year: the WaterShave at the WaterNight Gala during NamesCon. Last year we had superheroes shave their heads...this year, it's H2Officers!

You’ll be starring in the main event of the evening, contributing your lovely mane to help raise funds for WaterSchool’s charitable efforts in developing countries.


DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?

H2Officers should possess the following skills and qualifications to be considered for employment:

  • Able to solicit donations in the weeks leading up to NamesCon by sharing your official donation page with friends, family and on social media.

  • Willing to be interviewed for the NamesCon blog and other interested media parties.

  • Keen to go above and beyond the call of duty, such as by recording a video message outlining why you decided to become an H2Officer and sharing your passion for the WaterSchool charity with anyone who will listen!

  • Long hair, don’t care (officers with short hair also accepted, but we recommend you begin growing it immediately).

  • You look good in a suit… the suit of the law, that is. H2Officers will be wearing “super official” law enforcement uniforms during the entire WaterNight event.

  • You have confidence in delivering citations to law-breaking WaterNight attendees - “If you don’t donate, haters gonna hate!” or “Donate, don’t procrastinate!” are two acceptable lectures.

  • Recognize generous, law-abiding donors by rewarding their contribution with a badge of honour sticker.

  • H2Officers are officially on duty from 9pm-2am during the WaterNight Gala (January 24, 2017 at the Tropicana Havana Room during NamesCon).

  • At the stroke of midnight your hair will make like Cinderella’s carriage and disappear, because that’s when the shaving begins. We hope we don’t find a pumpkinhead beneath all those luscious locks.


GET IN TOUCH NOW!

E-mail producers@namescon.com with your application or nomination. Just tell us a bit about yourself, why you’d like to take part, and if you have a recent headshot that would be great as well!

Applications and nominations will be accepted until October 31, 2016. Successful officers will be contacted the following week, at which point your training promptly begins.

For more information on WaterSchool, visit www.waterschool.com

 

DOMAINfest Asia Recap

DOMAINfest Asia wrapped up recently, capping off a week packed with interactive panels, informative keynotes, networking events and more.  We sat down with Jothan Frakes and James Morfopoulos to get their highlights from this year's conference.

NC: This year's event saw the DOMAINfest brand celebrate over a decade of international conferences, again partnering with DotAsia and Allegravita to move DFA from Macau to its' new location of Cyberport in Hong Kong.  How did the change in location affect your experience at DFA? 

JM: Cyberport is a great location. World class facility, great conference rooms, an easy ride from central Hong Kong and lots of restaurants within easy reach for meetings and meals.

Jia Rong Low, Managing Director of ICANN's Asia-Pacific Hub addressing attendees at the conference launch.

Jia Rong Low, Managing Director of ICANN's Asia-Pacific Hub addressing attendees at the conference launch.

NC: One thing we've always loved about DOMAINfest is the content-packed agenda that makes it easy for any attendee to really personalize their experience. Which sessions, speakers or events did you enjoy most? Were there any that stood out as having a very enthusiastic response from attendees?

JM: Giuseppe Graziano's sessions on "Understanding Value: LLL" and the "What is working well with new domain names" panel with Braden Pollock, Edmon Chung, Jeff Sass, and Christa Taylor were highlights.  Also, Tuesday night's cocktail party had good networking.

JF: The launch of .web in Chinese was announced at the event, drawing a lot of interest from exhibitors and attendees. Michael Gilmour's Monetization Sessions constantly packed the room, and I found the Digital Marketing session to be a very engaging panel as well.

The Digital Marketing panel in action...

The Digital Marketing panel in action...

Cocktails and networking!

Cocktails and networking!

Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia Organization, explaining that the Internet of Things is best served by an internet of names, or "IoN".

Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia Organization, explaining that the Internet of Things is best served by an internet of names, or "IoN".

NC: Any general comments to add?

JM: The Chinese Market is still hot, just not as hot. There are tonnes of new and exciting emerging companies of all kinds (registrars, financing companies, etc. ) which will be interesting to watch in the years to come. 

Jeff Chung introduces the special speakers during the pitchfest at DFA

Jeff Chung introduces the special speakers during the pitchfest at DFA

Mark Van Dendyke, Berry Cobb, and Leona Chen at the Neustar Cocktail Reception

Mark Van Dendyke, Berry Cobb, and Leona Chen at the Neustar Cocktail Reception

Ajitoro the Tiger, and the whole audience with two thumbs to support helping preservation of wild tigers.

Ajitoro the Tiger, and the whole audience with two thumbs to support helping preservation of wild tigers.

The 12th Annual Domain Industry Awards

The NamesCon team would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to all of the winners of this year’s Domain Industry Awards!  The full list of winners includes:

Developer of the Year: Michael Cyger, DNAcademy 

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Blogger of the Year: Elliot Silver, DomainInvesting.com 

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Registry of the Year: .CLUB

Registrar of the Year: GoDaddy

Broker of the Year: Dave Evanson, SEDO 

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Domain Investor of the Year: Michael Berkens, TheDomains.com

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Domain Company of the Year: SEDO

Goodwill Ambassador, 2016: Ron Jackson, DN Journal

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees:

Nat Cohen, ICA

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Gary Chernoff

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Women In Domaining Profile: Maria Cypher

Maria Cypher, Principal and Creative Director at Just the Word and Catchword Branding

Maria Cypher, Principal and Creative Director at Just the Word and Catchword Branding

Maria Cypher
Principal, Creative Director
Just The Word, Catchword Branding
TwitterLinkedIn

Fast Facts

LocationSan Francisco Bay Area & New York City

How long have you been in the domain industry? Since 1999, when a naming client got up in the middle of a meeting to register a dozen available domains we’d just presented to him.

Favorite extensionDot-com!

Domain name you wished you owned: Any short, real word with positive associations. Domains.com would be nice.

Now reading: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, and Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? by Roz Chast.

Q&A

Describe your company, business, or vocation.

Just The Word (http://justtheword.com/) is the domain-sales division of Catchword Branding (http://catchwordbranding.com/), a leading naming firm. We list over 1500 brandable domains, categorized by industry, that make for excellent company and product names. I oversee Just The Word and am the founding partner and creative director of Catchword.

How does your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?

The fact that Just The Word is a part of a serious naming firm means that we fully understand the kinds of names that work for products or companies. We like to think we have the best brandables in the business, and have had domain brokers tell us that!

We don’t list other people’s domains or take a commission. Instead, all our domains are carefully chosen from two decades of naming work. As a result, entrepreneurs and marketers can find the right domain without having to sift through lots of gobbledygook and inconsistent pricing.

What fact about you would surprise people?

I am the lead singer of a Bay Area cover band called Highway 13 (highway13music.com). We gig every month or two at local restaurants, festivals, charity events, and private parties.

What is something you have tried, but will never do again?

Singing Billie Jean and trying to sound like Michael Jackson. I might try singing Billie Jean again, but I will never again try to sound like the king of pop!

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?

My father, Richard Williams. He was a child prodigy on the popular radio program “Quiz Kids” in the 1940s and later became a career diplomat and U.S. Ambassador. Despite his illustrious childhood and career, he’s the most unpretentious, thoughtful, and light-hearted person I know.

He taught me the value of humility (though he’s way better at it), curiosity, kindness, and laughing to the point of tears.

What's your most vivid childhood memory?

Meeting my Chinese relatives in Tianjin, China in 1979. The U.S. and China had just re-established diplomatic relations after 30 years, and my Chinese mother had not seen her brothers or sisters in all that time. I got to meet cousins, uncles and aunts living in 2 rooms with no private bathroom or TV. A completely different world had opened up.

Latest and greatest accomplishment in your career?

Both Just The Word and parent-company Catchword have reached a great place in their evolution. We have an amazing team, top-tier clients, and a culture of fun and innovation. Not to say that there aren’t new worlds to conquer—there always are—but I am really proud of the company and culture we’ve created.

What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your uncle?

The MBA in me would spend serious time with the books to make sure it was being well-managed. And then I’d watch a few episodes of Restaurant Impossible to make sure we weren’t making obvious mistakes. But mostly I’d leave it to the manager and staff and try to avoid eye-contact with all that pizza!

What are three albums that have shaped you as a person?

It’s torture being limited to three, but sticking to the criteria of actually shaping me as a person:

1) Give Up The Ghost (Brandi Carlile) — Brandi’s voice is incredible in its expression and pitch-perfection. She inspires me to be a better singer.

2) Rumours (Fleetwood Mac) — This album is really a proxy for all the great rock of the 70s and my love for music that came out of it.

3) The Honest Hour (Assembly of Dust) — One of the best live recordings ever, showcasing incredible musicianship and poetic lyrics. This band and the songs on this album helped make me a lover of live, jammy music.

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Maui!

 

HEXONET Boat Cruise: Recap With Photos

We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for the HEXONET Boat Cruise on August 18!  What better way to experience the Vancouver skyline and mountains than an evening cruise through the Burrard Inlet, set to the music of DJ STATN (aka Statton Hammock at Rightside). The MV Harbour Princess made its way up to the glacial fjord at Indian Arm and attendees were treated to a dazzling sunset with a view from the open upper deck and floor-to-ceiling windows on the main berth.

The HEXONET and NamesCon teams were very happy to welcome attendees from the domain industry and beyond, with a special thanks to the ‘Domain Expert Panel’ participants Kevin Kopas (PIR), Amanda Fessenden (Uniregistry), Daniel Schindler (Donuts), Marc Gawith (Rightside), and Tony Kim of HEXONET, with regrets from Chris Campbell of Afilias who was unable to attend.

Moderated by NamesCon founder Richard Lau, panelists shared their personal stories of how they came to be involved in the domain industry and discussed how the industry needs to come together behind joint marketing efforts to bring more awareness about new TLDs to the general public. Each of the panelists agreed that unity between companies - potentially even in the form of commercially bundling TLDs among different registries - is needed to communicate the value of creative TLD marketing and online identities to a wider marketplace. We filmed the panel live on Periscope and the video is still available for viewing if you’d like to enjoy the full discussion.

Congratulations to Jordan De Vuyst of Strata Living, the winner of the 13” MacBook Pro Retina prize, generously awarded by Kelly Campbell of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).

Check out our full image gallery from the event. Tag yourself and your friends, and if you haven’t yet shared your own photos feel free to use the #HEXONETCRUISE hashtag on social media and don’t forget to tag @hexonet and @namescon!

Until next time :)

NamesCon Speakers: Call for Submissions

The agenda for NamesCon 2017 is well on it’s way to completion. We’ve identified most of our sessions, keynotes, and panels and are excited to share them with you in early October when we publish the schedule online!

We know that each of you has an amazing network to draw on, and we’d like your input. In the effort to include as diverse a lineup of speakers as possible, we’re opening up the following panels for nominations:

1. Basics in Digital Branding and Design:

Learn actionable methods to improve your company’s visual identity across digital platforms and streamline the online user experience for your customers.

2. Using Creative Content to Leverage Your Brand:

This panel will bring together experts in public relations, marketing and brand strategy to provide best-use examples of content marketing in the domain industry.

 3. India Masterclass:

This panel of experts will forecast trends and sales prospects from the emerging Indian market. Don’t miss out on the next hot investor wave.

4. Comparing Domain Sales Strategies:

Learn how the best in the business get the most out of their inventory.

THE RULES:

Please include the speaker nominee’s full name, email address, and current position.

Send links to and/or descriptions of the nominee’s relevant expertise, including any previous speaking engagements.

Self-nominations are allowed.

Each individual can only be nominated for one panel - please prioritize the one they are most suited for.

Email your nominations to producers@namescon.com by September 10, 2016.

*Please note that NamesCon speakers are not compensated in any way. Speakers are responsible for coordinating their own registration to the event.


 

Last Chance for HEXONET Cruise Tickets

 

We’ve had such a great response to the HEXONET boat cruise that we’ve opened up another 20 seats for registrations!  If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, now is your chance.  Here’s a little taste of what we’ve got planned:

We have a great roster of speakers lined up for our panel discussion, including:

  1. Chris Campbell is the Senior Director of Business Development for Afilias, where he manages registrar accounts. Afilias runs the master directories and DNS for over 25 top level domains, including .INFO, dotMobi, .PRO and many others.

  2. Kevin Kopas is Channel Manager, APAC at Public Interest Registry, a non-profit organization that administrates the .ORG TLD as well as new extensions .NGO and .ONG.

  3. Vern Jurovich, COO at Uniregistry, a position in which he helps oversee all aspects of the company, as well as assisting CEO Frank Schilling in business development and day to day operations across all markets. Uniregistry is a registrar and web services provider, as well as a registry that administers many gTLDs, including .HIV – the world’s first open charitable top-level domain.

  4. Daniel Schindler is Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Business Development at Donuts, a company that was created to apply and run new gTLDs and was ranked #14 in The Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Start-ups for 2012. Prior to co-founding Donuts in 2010, Daniel spent the better part of the last decade as Chief Executive Officer of CentralNic.

  5. Matt Overman is Vice President & General Manager of Aftermarket & Premium Domains at Rightside. He leads Rightside’s monetization and premium domain sales business. Previously to taking on this position, Matt served as General Manager of NameJet, establishing it as the premier auction marketplace in the domain name industry.

  6. Tony Kim is Chief Marketing Officer at HEXONET, where he is responsible for all marketing, product marketing, and product placement for the company. Prior to joining HEXONET, Tony held both executive and director level positions at various technology companies and startups. Tony specializes in Internet startups and developing new business models.

Your host for the evening, HEXONET is a leading developer and service provider of reseller technologies for the domain industry. Thousands of resellers, service providers and registrars from across the world use HEXONET technology to enhance their own service offerings or use them as their white-label backend domain platform.

After the panel, we’ll have tunes from DJ STATN (also known as Statton Hammock, from Rightside) to close out the cruise.  

Don’t delay!  Register now for your free ticket before they’re gone, and save your spot on what is looking to be one of the most enjoyable domain industry networking events of the summer.


Women In Domaining Profile: Sherene Blackett

Sherene Blackett, Managing Director at Proficient Professional Services Inc.

Fast Facts

Location : Barbados

How long have you been in the domain industry? :12 years

Best city for conferences : Las Vegas

Q&A 

Describe your company, business, or vocation.   

I am an accomplished and results-driven Business Executive in the Financial Services Industry.  I am the Managing Director of Proficient Professional Services, a Barbados based company providing primarily management services to International clients with additional specialization in company formation, corporate, accounting and tax services, as well as compliance and financial advisory services.  

With a wealth of experience in the financial services sector, I consult for a select few active business companies in the domain industry, retail and manufacturing sectors, and serve on the advisory board of two charitable Foundations which provide international funding to clean water projects to regions with immediate need. In addition, I've established Hopen Inc., a Barbados organization working with and assisting persons living with HIV/AIDS.

How did you become involved with Women in Domaining?

I remember enjoying the camaraderie at one of the very first events at Domainfest in LA, and it’s been wonderful to get reacquainted with those lovely ladies as the group grows every year and I make new acquaintances now at Namescon in Las Vegas.

Can you tell us about a memorable experience you had at a previous WID event, and what you got out of it?  

I always enjoy meeting other women in the industry and sharing stories about our respective journeys to where we are today.

How does your service or product help deliver value to your customers? What makes your brand stand out?

I offer a very personalized service which is impossible to replicate.  I’m thankful that I have had years to experience to fall back on because there is no one day that’s the same as another. I have to think on my feet and get the job done!        

What fact about you would surprise people?

Most people are surprised that I am a Chartered Accountant as my experience has progressed far beyond the accounting field.

Do you prefer to be right, or be liked? Why?

Definitely right coz who cares if I’m liked. I want to leave the world better than I found it!

How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?

I always envisioned having a career that I loved and I am overjoyed that I am passionate about what I do every single day.

Latest and greatest accomplishment in your career?

Starting my own company has been the most challenging time in my career – and having made it through the first year and a half successfully, there’s nothing that can stop me now.

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Living in Barbados has definitely afforded me the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, so even though I live in paradise I often escape to neighbouring islands for a much needed escape from work life.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?

Living Life to the Fullest

What object would you put in a time capsule that best represents who you are today?

I would definitely put in one of my kadooment or Carnival costumes and pray to God that looking back on it ten or more years from now, even though I probably wouldn’t fit into itI’d still have the desire to make every day count and not get hung up on the day-to-day hum drum.

What is the one question we haven’t asked that you want to answer?

I have two beautiful children that I live every single day just to make their lives even better.

You can connect with Sherene on LinkedIn, or visit pps.bb for more info.

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