5 With… Karen Abraham

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Although Karen won’t be known as Karen Abraham much longer, I thought it would be very appropriate to do a 5 with my beautiful wife to be, Karen. In November of 2004, Karen and I were taking the Amtrak train back to New York from Boston after Thanksgiving. Karen randomly sat next to me and I struck up a conversation with her. Long story short, it’s been a great 3.5+ years and we are getting married on Saturday.
Karen has always supported me 100% in my endeavors, and she has been especially supportive of my decision to start my own company. I listen to her opinion when it comes to buying and selling domain names, and I always — well usually — appreciate her advice and feedback. If Karen wasn’t in graduate school for clinical psychology, she could probably jump right in and become a domain investor.
1) EJS: What have you learned about the domain industry since we started dating?
KJA: I’ve learned about the high value of domain names. I couldn’t believe that someone would pay so much money for a domain name when I first met you, but now I understand the market better so I know why certain domain names have so much value. Domains are like one of a kind pieces of real estate or even art.
2) EJS: If you could own a personal domain name, which would it be?
KJA: I would own ClinicalPsychologists.com or DrKarenSilver.com. I think i own the latter (karensilver.com is a fully developed site already). These two names would be good for search engine purposes as someone would either search for me directly or would be looking for a psychologist and would find me. Unfortunately, you owned the first one and sold it!
3) EJS: Out of the following cities, Burbank, Secaucus, and Lowell, where would you rather go on vacation for a long weekend and why?
KJA: Burbank – I’d rather go to Burbank because the warm weather and proximity to LA would be great year round. I grew up not far from Lowell and live close to Secaucus, so it wouldn’t be exciting to take a long weekend to those cities.
4) EJS: What’s the best thing about marrying a domain investor?
KJA: Cha-ching! Just kidding. I love that you are entrepreneurial and are able to make your own hours. You are dedicated to what you do and I love being a part of this growing business. I also love that you can work anywhere… but…
5) What’s the worst thing about marrying a domain investor?
KJA: The blackberry addiction and non-stop working mentality!!

50 COMMENTS

  1. Mazel Tov guys….
    Elliot, PLEASE shut the blackberry off for the wedding. You can just forward all the emails to my address.
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Blackberry will be off… may check my email if I get time, but only to make sure nothing has gone haywire. The perils of being on my own.
    Thanks Manny 🙂

  2. Best wishes!
    Elliot, say yes a lot, it’s better to be happy than right:)
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    I am still learning. Thank you!

  3. She is a smart woman and will be a wise domain investor as well. Congratuations and best wishes to both of you on your marriage.
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Thank you! She is much smarter than I! Well, I guess that’s debatable since she is marrying me 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed reading this post. Much happiness to you and Karen. There will be many rewards as your relationship and understanding in each other grows. Karen sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders and is very supportive of you. Congratulations.
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Thank you! She is the smarter of the two of us 🙂

  5. Hey, that’s really great news!
    My wishes of happiness Karen and Elliot.
    PS: Where is your online marriage list?
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Thank you!
    KarenAndElliot.com 🙂 lol

  6. Elliot, congrats on the upcoming nuptials. This business is even better when you have someone to share it with! Best wishes for the future.
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Agreed 100%! It’s nice to have a loving partner after working all day. Thanks, Shaun!

  7. Congratulations Elliot!
    Nice interview btw, didn’t she didn’t get any bonus questions on domaining or you didn’t want to share those answers with us? j/k:-)
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Those were censored 🙂

  8. This is exciting! Congratulations! Blessings on your marriage.
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Thank you – we’re very excited.

  9. Hi Karen,
    You’ve hit “Triple 7’s” finding a great guy like Elliot. He’s a Winner, not only as a successful entrepreneur, but as a genuinely good honest person with incredible integrity and diligence. I do lots of biz stuff with him and he’s sharp as a tack and has tremendous ambitions which I’m sure he’ll achieve all his goals in life and then some. Yet at the same time I can tell he’s the kind of human being that isn’t just growing wealth for the sake of more money, but will do lots of good philanthropic and helpful type things for others in the future with his fortune to come.
    You make a nice couple! Mazel Tov!
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Thanks for the note and for all of your continued help. I know how busy you are, and I really appreciate your help. Also – thanks for the marriage advice last week.

  10. Congrats to both of you.
    Karen, you can always accidentally drop Elliot’s Blackberry into a bucket of water.
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Thanks… Blackberry would be very upset if it was dropped in a bucket though.

  11. Congrats to both of you…a great looking couple there! Nice that Karen has a sense of humor.
    Elliot, were still waiting for those bachelor party pics!
    Have a great time.
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    They were destroyed…. except for the ones my friend put on flickr… bad move 🙂

  12. I really enjoyed meeting Karen. You are lucky and so is she.
    Mazel Tov!
    Best wishes to both of you. Have a great honeymoon in Tropical Bird paradise.
    Owen
    btw, Go out and buy her KarenSilver.com whatever it costs– (every name has a price and this one is worth more then every geo you have or could possibly want combined)
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Thanks O and congrats again on GrandNames.com. I still need to buy myself ElliotSilver.com.

  13. Congratulations Elliot and best wishes, I was just married this past Saturday. Manny is right, turn off the BB your wife will appreciate…mine did! 🙂
    Jason
    ***UPDATED BY ELLIOT***
    Congratulations!!! I think you guys are all right.

  14. Congrats to you Elliot and to your lovely wife to be! Now you’ll have something to hold in your hands at convention parties, besides 2 Miller Lites! Best of luck to you both!

  15. Congratulations Elliot and Karen! Thanks for introducing Karen to us. Will we see her on the domain conference/expo circuit? 🙂
    Cheers!

  16. Congratulations Elliot
    When you have your own business, you need to have a special person who can help you push you through the hard times and keep you grounded during the good times. It sounds like you have found one.

  17. congrats – outkicked your coverage.
    advice for the future – hire 2 nannies per child – we have a cadre of child-rearing personnel – it makes all the difference
    all the best.

  18. Hi Elliot:
    Mazel Tov!
    You provide so much for many of us.
    Here is to you and your wife.
    May you both be eternally happy together!
    Mark

  19. Best wishes for a long and wonderful marriage, Elliot and Karen.
    If I may, my three marital suggestions are these:
    When you can’t agree on “either this or that” (ie no middle ground/ compromise is possible) type choices/ options/ questions/ situations/ decisions; happily and lovingly let the one who it’s most important to have their way…
    Never joke about or use the word “divorce” ; either between yourselves, or with your friends (and don’t let them make jokes about it around you).
    Never allow your friends or families to put your spouse down.
    Ever.
    ps Smart move marrying a psychology grad…perfect for someone involved with domains and business development. 🙂

  20. Absolutely Brilliant to do 5 with Karen.
    Loved it! Thanks for introducing us to her.
    Thank goodness you have easy access to a clinical psychologist 🙂
    And Elliot, from a woman’s point of view, it would be great to hear Karen’s 5 with you.
    We can expect that right?
    We wish you and Karen only the very best on your adventure called marriage.
    Elliot,you have done a superior job of developing a Living System Of Love that you will surely build upon as your lives unfold together.
    Karen, from our experience, you’re getting one of our world’s greatest Mensches!
    Mazel Tov!

  21. Hi Elliot,
    Congratulations to you and to Karen! I can’t believe you sold ClinicalPsychologist.com though, knowing you were going to marry one! LOL. Wish you guys the best and look forward to seeing you when you come to Burbank. Lunch is on me.

  22. Can’t wait to meet Karen next month! What a great story and definitely your most important interview ever. Much happiness and health, the rest will take care of itself. DomainerWedding.com is available! 😉

  23. Whao what a wonderful couple! Congratulation to both of you,in my country {Nigeria} there is adage says that for any successful man there must be a woman behind.I really congratulate and thanks your star for having understanding,supporting,educative and caring lady arround you.my advise to you let ur blackberry go on holiday and have more quality time for your beautiful sexy looking angel.

  24. A very enlightening and neat little humorous snippet of what I am sure will be a long and blessed union.
    Congratulations to the both of you.
    Gerry

  25. Congrats and enjoy the wedding!
    Women dislike the crackberry addiction for sure. Going on 4 years with my marriage and the evil eye happens quit often. Maybe our wifes will convince us to attend a crackberry session and bad for our hands lol. Will take a lot of bribes by wife.
    Anyways…enjoy yourself, grow with each other and enjoy the honeymoon.
    J

  26. My congrats to you Elliot and your wife!!! Is she also a Pats fan??? If so, I have Pats-Giants tickets (reduced price)!!!!
    I’m sure you’d like to see them get revenge for that day of Boston infamy! I’m winding down here…..three more weeks and then onto the senior tour!
    Keep up the good work!!
    Ford

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