NamesCon Global 2021

NamesCon Global 2021

Postpone: Autumn 2021, Hybrid (live/online)

NamesCon Global returns in Autumn 2021. Get ready for a hybrid (live/online) event as we bring the domaining industry together in North America—we hope that most of you will be able to join us in person. We will keep you updated, so please stay in touch through social media and the NamesCon newsletter.

Instead we go online again in January

NamesCon Online 2021

1000+

Participants

600+

Investors

70+

Nationalities

30+

Expert Sessions

4

Days

1

Auction

NamesCon Connects the Domain Name Ecosystem

NamesCon strives to bring you rich and actionable insights into the complex domain market, so you can find and act upon new opportunities. NamesCon Global is our flagship event, bringing together the people who build and grow the domain-name industry. This is the place to build the strong relationships and strategic partnerships that drive this person-to-person business.

The future of the domain industry lies in mainstream adoption of domain names as versatile assets whose value is easily understood. NamesCon is establishing the Domain Economic Forum, leveraging synergy and transparency to help the domain industry evolve into the economic powerhouse it can become.

Join us in Austin and engage with the forces that shape the domain-name economy—from governing and managing bodies to channels and service providers; from strategic investors to the end customer.

Keynotes

Insights and inspiration from industry heavyweights and global thought leaders.

Panel

Deep discussions on pressing topics in the industry with a diverse group of experts.

Workshops

Interactive session with actionable outcomes

Meetings

Genuine face-time: form your next strategic partnership, or close that big deal.

Social

Networking as it's meant to be: bond with your peers at parties and activities.

Auction

Add once-in-a-lifetime names to your portfolio in a single evening.

Who You'll Meet At NamesCon

Governing bodies

Registries

Registrars

Service Providers

Brokers

IP lawyers & brand protection

Investors

Brands & Startups

Omni Hotel Downtown

NamesCon is taking over the Omni Hotel’s downtown Austin location to make a splash in our first year here! Our exhibition area, breakout sessions, and workshops—as well as our meeting and lounge areas—will take place in this chic space. Our keynotes, partner workshops, and the live domain auction will take place at the Omni, with other key events within a few minutes’ walk to allow for a seamless agenda while still giving you a taste of the city.

Rock Austin in style—stay at the Omni Hotel in the heart of the city! Discover sophisticated luxury with understated class at this urban oasis: we’re trading the smoke and harsh lighting of Las Vegas for a rooftop pool and wide-open skies. Sounds good, right? Book your hotel room now for the special rate we secured for NamesCon attendees—it’s unbeatable for Austin! Our room block is limited, and will definitely sell out.

Join us in Austin

Creativity Unleashed
Austin is an artistic and musical city, which makes it perfect for sparking creative thought (and just rocking out).

Keeping it Hot
Austin is famous for its barbecue, even in Texas! Actually, whatever your tastes, Austin’s cuisine will leave you feeling satisfied.

The Highest Tech
Some of the brightest minds in the world seek out Austin’s culture of disruption to build and grow the internet’s most innovative companies. See how the domain industry meshes with the larger tech community.

Domain Auction

You won’t want to miss our live Domain Auction on Thursday, January 30, from 5:30-9pm Central Time in Austin, Texas. A cornerstone of NamesCon, this is where you put your heart, nerve, and industry knowledge on the line for some seriously high stakes. Last year’s domain auction was the biggest in NamesCon history, with OL.COM selling for $900,000 on the floor. That evening, LEADS.COM sold for $435,000. It wasn’t just a night for high-dollar names: several four-letter .COMs sold for under $800 to eagle-eyed investors.

Everything you know about the domain industry comes into play when you bid for a name, as you test your nerves against your peers in the room as well as investors around the world on the internet.

Our friends at RightOfTheDot are bringing this live auction to the industry for the fifth year, this time on an updated platform provided by our partners at GoDaddyYou must get verified to bid on items over $2500, so start here—hit the button below to register as a bidder.

Domain Auction

Register for NamesCon Global 2020

Event Pass prices range from early-bird rates of $699 to a final door price of $999. These Event Passes unlock admission to all sessions and keynotes, networking events, the domain auction, and attendee-only parties.

Event Pass: Phase 2

$999 $699

Our Event Pass gives you access to all sessions, keynotes, and networking events, as well as the domain auction and attendee-only parties (except those that are RSVP-only), which include catering and bar offerings.

Each attendee must be registered with a unique email address and name/company entered as you would like them to appear on your name badge.

Agenda At A Glance

NamesCon Global 2020 will introduce a suite of sessions, panels, and workshops that guide conversations and partnerships toward a more knowledgeable and empowered domain industry. Get deeper-than-ever insights into today’s market, today’s secondary market, and tomorrow’s market. The social calendar will be equally action-packed!

Wednesday

January 29

Conference

Pro and Newcomer tracks will get all participants up to speed to make the most of the sessions and workshops to come.

Social

To wrap up the day, gather for the Opening Reception—meet your old and new friends and get ready for the upcoming few days of learning and networking.

Thursday

January 30

Conference

The Domain Economic Forum kicks off with sessions around transparency. Other sessions include valuation, monetization, and branding. All day you can visit the Exhibition Area and meet our wide range of presenting partners.

Auction

Add meaningful value to your portfolio in a single evening at NamesCon Live Domain Auction.

Friday

January 31

Conference

The action continues with a focus on the secondary market, security, and registry dynamics, as well as the presentation of the Domain Economic Forum transparency petition.

Social

Friday Evening will be open: Hit the town with your friends and colleagues, or join one of our partner for some surprise side-events.

Saturday

February 1

Fun Day

Today is all about networking and having fun! Enjoy a day out of the office that only Austin can deliver, complete with food, drinks, and good times. Leave the laptop behind, but bring a camera!

Featured Partners 2020

Title Sponsor

Partnership

Our new event location and structure brings exciting new partnership opportunities to create immersive experiences around your brand. Please contact the sales team for a first look what will be possible.

Get in touch

Johannes Gottschlich

Head of Sales

Phone: +49 2203 9934-5910

Alexey Gaverdovskiy

Sales and Business Development

Phone: +49 2203 9934-5902

Leah Musshoff

Junior Sales Manager

Phone: +49 2203 9934-5913

Selected Speakers And Panelists

Aman Bhutani

CEO

GoDaddy

Aman Bhutani

CEO

GoDaddy

 

Paul Mockapetris

Inventor of DNS and SMTP

Paul Mockapetris

Inventor of DNS and SMTP

Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the Domain Name System (DNS), is Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board at Nominum, Inc. His mission is to help guide DNS and IP addressing to the next stage. Paul created DNS in the 1980s at USC’s Information Sciences Institute, where he was later the Director of ISI’s High Performance Computing and Communications Division. Throughout his career, Paul has contributed to the computing research community and to the evolution of the Internet. His earliest work at UC Irvine on distributed systems and LAN technology preceded the commercial Ethernet and Token Ring designs. Paul was program manager for networking at ARPA in the early 1990s, supervising efforts such as gigabit and optical networking. From 1995 on, Paul held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley networking startups, including @Home, Software.com (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), and Siara (now Redback Networks). Paul’s mission at Nominum is to help guide DNS and IP addressing to the next stage. Paul has dual B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine

Haseeb Tariq

Former Marketing Automation

Disney

Haseeb Tariq

Former Marketing Automation

Disney

A decade ago, 20-year-old Haseeb sold 9 Startups and 25+ premium domains to Fortune 500 companies. In 2017, he joined Guess HQ in Downtown LA leading Mobile Marketing. In 2019, he became Director, Marketing Automation at Disney, after working on multiples products including FX and Fox Sports at 21st Century Fox which makes up famous Disney+.
Today, he's an adviser for multiple direct to consumer companies and writes for Forbes.

Erin McKean

Founder

Wordnik

Erin McKean

Founder

Wordnik

Erin McKean is the founder of the not-for-profit Wordnik.com, the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press.Her goal is to make every word in the English language “lookupable” – including the 52% of unique English words that aren’t currently in any dictionary. Erin is the author of three Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and (most recently) The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She’s written regular columns for The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal and her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, PAPER, Foreign Affairs, and Sew News. She’s served as an advisor to the American National Corpus, the journal American Speech, the Wikimedia Foundation, and serves on the KPCB Design Council, and is an honorary fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She blogs at dressaday.com and tweets as @emckean. When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.

Bhavin Turakhia

Founder & CEO

Flock / Radix

Bhavin Turakhia

Founder & CEO

Flock / Radix

Bhavin Turakhia has been in the domain name industry for over 20 years, and has achieved success that most of us could only dream of. His is a fascinating story, starting out as a young person in India, and bootstrapping a small web hosting startup that he turned into a billion dollar empire. Bhavin is a problem solver, leader, and visionary with tremendous insights to share about leadership styles that work in the tech space, and how our industry can develop real business strategies that produce results. Turakhia joins us on the NamesCon stage to share vital insights and statistics on the ngTLD industry, followed by a fireside chat and Q&A, where we will learn how he achieved his successes, and we explore the lessons that companies in the domain space can take away from his experiences.

Richard Lau

Founder

NamesCon, Resume.com & Logo.com

Richard Lau

Founder

NamesCon, Resume.com & Logo.com

Richard Lau is well known throughout the domain name industry having started the NamesCon conference, being involved in many registrars, and being an avid cheerleader of the WaterSchool charity. After founding NamesCon (now owned by WHD/GoDaddy), Richard has moved on to concentrate on developing out domain names such as Resume.com (now sold to Indeed), and more recently Logo.com, a powerful, automated logo generator.    

Kate Buckley

CEO

Buckley Media

Kate Buckley

CEO

Buckley Media

Kate Buckley is the founder and CEO of Buckley Media, a premium domain and branding agency specializing in brokering and monetizing ultra-premium .COMs. Her background includes top ad agencies, as well as two decades with the Castello Brothers, branding and monetizing their portfolio of premium .COMs. Kate’ is also an award-winning poet and author—and the Poet Laureate Emerita of Laguna Beach, CA. A ninth-generation Kentuckian, she’s made her home in Southern California since 1998.

Richard Merdinger

VP Domains

GoDaddy

Richard Merdinger

VP Domains

GoDaddy

Responsible for Domain industry engagement and domain strategy for GoDaddy.

Akram Atallah

CEO

Donuts

Akram Atallah

CEO

Donuts

Akram Atallah is the CEO of Donuts Inc.

Rolf Larsen

Chairman

RegistryOffice

Rolf Larsen

Chairman

RegistryOffice

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. Trained in Computer Science and Business Informatics, he has held roles for several major and publicly traded technology companies such as Telia Internet, the Internet group of the largest Swedish Telecoms company, as well as NetConnect Systems, a business he built from a handful of people to the dominant European web-conferencing business. Rolf has experience from more than 10 M&As and 2 IPOs with companies he founded. Rolf´s many startups are always timed to take advantage of a major technological and industrial shift. In 1998, he founded Active ISP, a pan European registrar that was the first of it´s kind to fully automate domain name registration and web hosting. RiksNett, the second ISP he built in 1995, became the largest competitive ISP to the Norwegian Telco incumbent. The Registry behind the new domain extension .global was founded by Rolf and a small experienced team. This new domain extension became one of the most successful new branding options online for businesses. Rolf is a veteran of the Internet domain space and is currently the Chairman and CEO of DNS Global and Desktop.com.

Mac Nagaswami

CEO

Carvertise

Mac Nagaswami

CEO

Carvertise

Mac Nagaswami is the Co-Founder and CEO of Carvertise - an advertising company that specializes in the new media format of car advertising. Since founding the business as a student at the University of Delaware in 2014, Mac has grown Carvertise to become a multi-million dollar company with 150% year-over-year revenue growth. With a driver network of over 300,000 registered drivers across the USA, Carvertise has successfully launched 100’s of advertising campaigns across the country for brand partners such as Crayola, Sprint, Empire Today and Buffalo Wild Wings. Carvertise was named DIW's Startup of the Year and has been covered by major press outlets including Forbes and Inc Magazine.

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