NamesCon Europe 2018 Speakers
Braden Pollock is a well-known domainer and serial entrepreneur who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, (LegalBrandMarketing.com) which focuses primarily on lead generation for DUI attorneys as well as lawyers in other practice areas. Braden also owns ScienceFiction.com and recently sold several franchises of Smart Start, an ignition interlock provider with service locations throughout the US (IgnitionInterlock.com, SmartStartofCalifornia.com, etc).
He has an equity interest in several other businesses including The Grooming Network (Beard.com, StraightRazors.com, etc.), FashionMetric.com and Epik.com. His domain portfolio is well into the thousands of names with a current focus on premium one-word .com names. Braden’s newest venture is a data-driven ad network that will apply predictive behavioral analytics to lead generation products designed to better monetize domains through development, search and social. He also serves on the Board of the non-profit, Benevolent.net
Adam is currently an Account Manager at Team Internet AG in Munich. Besides providing impressive revenues as Premium Domains Channel Manager at London-based CentralNic Group PLC, Adam was working as a strategic advisor for CEOs of CentralNic, registries and registrars. Adam too part in the restructuring process of the former world’s most exclusive portfolio of 2-letter .com domains. Adam has unique experience in all types of domain companies ie. registrars & resellers, domain marketplaces, brokerage firms, domain investment funds planning acquisitions and online brand protection providers. This makes Adam one of the most competent professionals in global domain business. As the owner of his private GCCinternet.com Adam has been providing domains for highly reputable clients including the United Nations Development Program and Qatar Airways.
Alan Shiflett currently serves as a Senior Manager for the Aftermarket at GoDaddy/Afternic. Alan's primary responsibility is managing the relationships/optimization of top Partners- both resellers and sellers. He loves sharing the best techniques sellers can implement to maximize their portfolio sales. Alan is passionate in helping others succeed by leveraging the tools that GoDaddy/Afternic has in order sell more domains and grow their portfolios. Previously, Alan has served in other Managerial and supervisory roles at GoDaddy during his 9 year tenure with the company.
Akram is the president of the Global Domains Division at ICANN and has over 20 years of technology management experience. He oversees ICANN’s globally integrated business operations comprising over 70 professionals in Los Angeles, Singapore, Istanbul, and Brussels, managing relationships and services for 2,000+ domain name distributors and resellers in 60+ countries. Akram also manages the IANA functions that operate and secure the Internet’s most critical global logical infrastructure as well as built the Global Domains Division from the ground up to professionalize and expand ICANN’s business operations.
Alex Melen is an Award-Winning Serial Entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker. He is the founder and CEO of web hosting company T35 Hosting (founded 1997) and advertising agency SmartSites (founded 2011). SmartSites is featured in the INC5000 as one of the fastest growing agencies in the U.S. and Alex has been featured in Business Week's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25, Bloomberg, Forbes, NPR & more.
Ana Paula Vazquez
As a part of the international sales management team, Ana Paula leads the Country Managers at Sedo, the world’s largest domain trading platform. For the last three years she has been responsible for coordinating and managing the development of various markets within the company. Those managed by her team include more mature markets such as the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Korea as well as the fast-growing, emerging Chinese, Indian and other similar markets. Ana Paula supports the development of these markets by utilizing her knowledge of the industry, including parking and brokerage, acquired in her former role as Regional Manager for Sedo’s Spanish speaking markets, which she held for 5 years. This knowledge is combined with her international experience in the publishing and design industries and her proficiency in the Spanish, English and German languages.
Antonio is a Mathematician with an Astronomy and Computer Science specialty. He is the founder and CEO at namemotion.com, an AI and Big Data company dedicated to hight frequency domain name investment. He is an active investor in tech companies and and new investor in six startups. Antonio has been a domain investor since 1997 and a founding partner of the former Association of Investors in Domain Name. He is passionate about travel, music, and reading to absorb information and intellectual challenges.
Ashley began his career in advertising at Carat which he later left to start his first business, Entertainment Marketing Ltd. Ashley conceived and founded Base79, one of the leading MCN’s globally. He returned to Rightster Group Plc as CEO in 2015, renaming it Brave Bison Group Plc, and successfully turned the company around to an international social video broadcaster. In September 2018 he founded Fenestra where he serves as CEO. Fenestra will provide the $600Bn global advertising market with an independent, secure platform to Book, Pay and Audit every transaction made through an advertiser’s media supply chain using distributed ledger technology.
David has a PhD in Management Sciences and is a lecturer with the Paris Business School (France). Although David Chelly has spent his last 15 years purchasing and selling domain names and websites he now prefers learning about domain names aspects such as SEO, law, branding, marketing and innovations. Originaly born in Tel-Aviv, he's currently living in Spain with his Czech kids. He's managing several services such as Domstocks.com and Netlinking-fr.com and is the co-organizer of the Paris annual domain name event NddCamp.
Erik is the co-founder and CEO of Catchtiger.com. CatchTiger mastered the art of Drop Catching and is known for its open and transparent auctions where you can buy and sell ccTLD domain names. At the moment of writing, CatchTiger offers 100.000 ccTLD auctions a week. Erik started CatchTiger.com 4 years ago from his experience in online marketing. He has a BBA degree in marketing and is based in Breda, the cozy south of the Netherlands.
Frederick Schiwek is the CEO for Zonat S.A., the Co-Founder of Domain Invest SA and co-founder and CEO for other technological companies including Hosting.co.uk and Hosting.uk. He is reputed for his contribution as the EVP of Euro DNS (founded in 2002). Today, he has accumulated just over 20 years of experience and expertise in Domaining. Frederick emerged as an authoritative voice in the Domain Name sector. He frequently presents at DOMAINfest and NamesCon Europe among other conferences. In addition, he is an influencer and advisor to a number of Domain Name conferences and events. Schiwek cofounded Domain Invest SA and served as Managing Director in 2008 which significantly pushed him in the Domaining big leagues. He would go on to do business with the top heads in the Domain industry with people like Xavier Buck, in Europe and Daniel Negari in the US. Two years later in 2010, Schiwek made news by selling VooDoo.com for 300k to Donny Simonton from Parked.com. It was around 2012 when he started Hosting.co.uk, a leading web hosting business in the UK.
Giuseppe is the founder and CEO of GGRG.com, a Lisbon based Brokerage and Consulting Firm. With a focus on short .com domain names like 2 letter, 2 number and 3 number .com, Giuseppe has helped his clients sell over 10 million dollars in domain names, receiving award nominations for "Blogger of the Year" and "Industry Goodwill Ambassador" in 2015 and "Broker of the Year" in 2016. Escrow.com awarded Giuseppe "Master of Domains", as one of the top 3 highest grossing domain brokers in the world in 2016. Giuseppe has lived in 5 countries across 3 continents, speaks 5 languages and holds a Master Degree in International Management from the Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Ivo van Soest
Ivo is the CEO and founder of Sonexo. Based in the Netherlands, Sonexo owns and operates one of the largest European ccTLD portfolios. The portfolio was acquired mostly via dropcatching and takeovers. He is also a part of the Marketing commission of the Dutch Association of Registrars(VvR). Ivo has a Master Degree in Business Informatics and 13 years’ experience in the domain name industry.
As the Director of Business Development for Bodis, James has over a decade of experience within the domain industry. James manages some of the largest domain portfolios worldwide and is responsible for both publisher and advertiser relationships. The secret to his success? Transparency and honesty.
Jebidiah is a Senior Domain Consultant for Donuts. Bringing more than 15 years of sales experience, Jebidiah helps drive Donuts' premium and platinum domain program. He brings passion and enthusiasm to his clients and investors and maintains that new TLDs have created a new world of possibility for brands and individuals.
Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries and has co-founded several start-ups including mobile commerce pioneer BarPoint.com. Jeff joined the .CLUB. team in 2012, and has led the company’s marketing efforts throughout the process of acquiring and launching the .CLUB top level domain. Previously, as Vice President, Chief Evangelist at Myxer, Jeff played a significant role in growing the mobile entertainment company into one of the top 15 mobile websites in the U.S. He is a Co-Founder of EntrepreneurWiki, and Social Object Factory. Jeff has also written and produced for film and television and has a deep understanding of the content business that is unique for a tech executive. He also served as an Intel Advisor and Sony Digidad and is currently a member of the board of directors of TheDNA.org. Jeff is also the author of the book, Everything I Know about Business and Marketing, I Learned from THE TOXIC AVENGER.
Joe Styler currently serves as Community Manager for the Aftermarket at GoDaddy. Joe is primarily responsible for the voice of the customer at GoDaddy’s Aftermarket. Previously Joe has served in other Director and supervisory roles at GoDaddy during his 12 year tenure with the company. He is a frequent blogger, speaker, and enthusiast of education around domain name investing. His passion is seeing his customers become successful in their business goals when using the Aftermarket. He has been interested in helping people with transactions on the Internet for over 20 years. Joe received his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and his Masters in Divinity from Gordon Conwell in Massachusetts.
Joel Ghebaly is Sedo’s Head of Product Management. In this role, he manages a team of four talented product managers who are all dedicated to developing Sedo’s platform, consisting of its Marketplace, SedoMLS, Domain Parking, and other Domain Services. Joel has been an employee of Sedo since 2005 and has held positions in Sales, Marketing, and Product Management. He formerly held Marketing positions at Microsoft France and Web.de. Joel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from IEP Strasbourg and a Master’s degree in International Business from the Universities of Paris XIII and Freiburg in Breisgau.
Lars Steffen is Director International at eco – Association of the Internet Industry (eco.de), the largest Internet industry association in Europe. At eco, he is coordinating all international activities of the association and takes care of the members from the domain name industry and the blockchain community. He further represents the industry as Community Outreach Co-Coordinator of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (icann.org), to facilitate the support of internationalized domain names and email address internationalization.
As Senior Sales Consultant Europe/Asia Pacific, Marc Stepken has been handling domain parking, brokerage and acquisition for Sedo’s major international clients since 2008. His experience in the domain industry dates back to 1998: during his legal studies he was already working on registering and trading valuable domain names. Stepken has taken part in domainer meet-ups in Germany from the beginning, benefiting from his long-standing and profound experience and numerous contacts in the domain industry even today. His expertise is based on the knowledge that he has acquired both as a customer and as a sales consultant at the world’s largest domain trading platform, Sedo.
Michael is an online business entrepreneur and investor. He started building, buying and selling websites in mid 2000s and later founded Domain Magnate in 2008 to focus fully on the website investment opportunities. Domain Magnate facilitates fast acquisitions and sales of online business by buying directly from owners, or brokering website to its clients. Michael specializes in M&A of content, news, affiliate, e-commerce, SaaS and cryptocurrency businesses. He consults entrepreneurs on buying and selling web businesses, marketing and growth strategy, cryptocurrency and domaining. Michael is also an active domain investor and trader, startup investor and a real estate developer.
Mike Mann is the founder and chairman of Grassroots.org, a global network that provides free services to non-profits and promotes social action. He also founded and manages Make Change! Trust, a charitable fund that supports select organizations. Mike is also the founder of several successful, active, for-profit corporations. Three of these corporations were listed among the 2012 Inc 500 fastest growing companies in America, including Phone.com, DomainMarket.com and SEO.com. He is the founder of Internet Interstate and BuyDomains.com (now NameMedia), the world’s largest secondary market for domain names. Mike was one of the first investors, advisors and promoters of the .Co (Colombia) domain name space and still owns some of its best domains including Bank.co, CreditCards.co, Advertising.co, Movies.co, Office.co, Investing.co, and Health.co. He is also the author of Make Millions. As an early Internet pioneer, Mike has received the Domain Name Suggestion Patent “WhoisPlus/NameFind” which is used or copied by virtually every domain name company.
Michele Neylon is the founder, owner, and CEO of Blacknight, Ireland's largest domain registrar and hosting provider. Michele is an active and outspoken member of the Internet industry. He currently serves on the ICANN GNSO Council as one of the representatives of the Registrar Stakeholder Group. He is also Chair of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. Michele is actively involved in Internet policy development, his focus is primarily European Internet concerns and policy. Michele was the recipient of the 2013 IIA Net Visionary Award as well as one of the first inductees into the Irish Internet Hall of Fame. He has presented at numerous Internet industry events both in Ireland and overseas on a broad range of topics including security, marketing, policy and sales. In his spare time, Michele is a multilingual, award-winning, social media evangelist, blogger, and film buff.
Keating has been practicing law since 1983. He was an equity partner in Carroll, Burdick & McDonough where he handled a wide-variety of transactions ranging from start-ups to $200 million mergers. He is currently the Owner of Law.es. He left CB&M to move to Barcelona, Spain where he lives with his wife and son. There, he started Renova, ltd. Paul specializes in domain names and associated intellectual property, transactions, liability structuring, international tax planning, finance, and IP litigation management. He continues to represent crypto-currency issuers, domain portfolio holders, domain name registrars and other service providers on all matters related to their activities. Paul also serves as a director of several large European and US corporations including Domain Invest, Euro Convergence, DomainTools, Left of the Dot Media Inc., and RightMesh GmbH.
Ramón Rautenstrauch has been in digital media and marketing since 1998, and now runs “Apasionados del Marketing” an online marking agency and “Divulga.Media”. At “Divulga.Media” they edit several online magazines, own several hundred sites, blogs and portals and manage hundreds of third party websites and have agreements with several thousand other pages. Today they are investing the creation of websites with new TLDs that improve the well-being of the readers and make them happier. Ramón is an Internet Strategist, SEO and Online Marketer specializing in making Internet Projects profitable. Since his beginnings in the Internet Business he has been closely linked to the creation of online content about tourism, education, healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, super-foods and healthy living. To distribute the content he began to register and develop domains. He founded the agency “Apasionados del Marketing” which is passionate about effective SEO and profitable data-driven marketing strategies.
Rolf is a disruptive innovator by trade and by practice and is a long-standing, recognized pioneer of Internet access, Domain name registrar and Web Hosting services in Europe and Scandinavia. He has founded multiple technology businesses in a multitude of innovative spaces, which include Web Conferencing, Web Hosting, Mobile Applications, ISPs and VoIP. Rolf has 25 years of experience in the domain space and is currently CEO of the .GLOBAL registry.
Shaun Wilkinson is Chief Operating Officer at Nidoma.com. Nidoma is a one-stop shop for domain services, including registration, dropcatching and brokerage, with its main focus on European ccTLDs. Shaun possesses over 10 years of experience in the domain and e-commerce industries, and has helped leading e-commerce companies from various continents to develop their online business. Shaun speaks three languages fluently, three others less fluently and in his spare time is the founder and Managing Director of a small Germany-based charity that supports a school for children from poor families in Kenya.
Thomas Rickert is Managing Director of Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (rickert.net), which specializes in the legal issues of the digital economy. He is Leader of the eco Names & Numbers Forum at eco – Association of the Internet Industry (eco.de), which, over and above the representation of members’ interests, informs its members about current developments in the domain industry in the context of regular events, and offers members the opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas. From 2011-2014 he was a member of the GNSO Council at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (icann.org) and is currently Co-Chair of the CCWG-Accountability at ICANN, which develops recommendations for the improvement of ICANNs Accountability and is one of the authors of the eco GDPR Domain Industry Playbook.
Longtime advertising industry veteran, founder and or partner of HasTraffic, WantsTraffic, CPC Email Exchange, Namerific, HasOffice. Full Time contractor on launches of Elephant Traffic (2010) and ZeroPark (2012). Early adopter of multi-channel performance based advertisement as founder of NSRS (1992 to 1998, now move.com) Golfer Magazines (1994 to 2003, now Golfer Guide) and The Real Estate Book. Yancy Naughton is also a frequent speaker and presenter at various new media conferences.