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Network Solutions Lists DomainNames.com in NamesCon Auction

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NameJet will be hosting the NamesCon live and extended domain name auction at the end of January in conjunction with Right of the Dot (Monte Cahn). This afternoon, NameJet distributed a press release to announce some of the better domain names that will be included in this year’s auction. One domain name really stood out to me amongst the others.

DomainNames.com is listed for sale in the NamesCon auction with a reserve price range of between $300,000 – $400,000. From what I understand, DomainNames.com is a domain name that is owned by Network Solutions. If you visit DomainNames.com, you will be forwarded directly to Network Solutions’ website.

I find it interesting that Network Solutions has decided to sell this domain name. For one thing, the company is in the domain name business. Secondly, the company would effectively give a competitor the opportunity to buy the domain name and compete with it. Sure, one might see that DomainNames.com is being underutilized as a forwarder, but I don’t understand why it would be listed for sale publicly in auction where the buyer could be any company that bids highest above the reserve price.

Notably, Network Solutions’ parent company is Web.com, which also owns NameJet after acquiring Tucows’ ownership stake in the auction platform earlier this month.

Beyond DomainNames.com, some of the other exceptional domain names included in the auction are:

NamesCon Offering Sponsor Discounts for Black Friday

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I know that Black Friday is nearly over, but I just noticed that NamesCon is offering special Black Friday deals geared towards conference sponsors. The promotion was announced this evening on Twitter:

It looks like there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available including booth discounts, a party sponsorship, wifi sponsorship, and other sponsor opportunities for domain industry companies.

Based on my recollection, I would imagine these deals may come up again for Cyber Monday if it’s too late for Black Friday.

Like it does every year, NamesCon is also offering

Last Chance to Get a Discounted Merge Ticket from Sedo

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The Merge conference is set to begin in Orlando, Florida very soon. I know several people who either arrived within the past couple of days or who are set to travel down to Orlando today or over the weekend for the conference.

For those of you who have been on the fence or otherwise undecided, Sedo is extending a special promotional offer to get a discounted show ticket. Sedo tweeted a link to the discount page a couple of hours ago:

Using Sedo’s promo code with 60% off the current ticket price, the cost of a conference ticket is knocked down from

NameSummit Conference to be Held in NYC in November

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The NameSummit conference, which was held for the first time last August, has been scheduled for November 5th and 6th. The conference, which is being organized by Steven Kaziyev and attorney Jason Schaeffer of ESQwire.com, will be held at the Westin Times Square hotel in New York City. This year’s conference was originally scheduled for the first week in August, but it was rescheduled to November after receiving feedback from attendees who preferred a conference in the Fall rather than during the Summer.

NameSummit was well received last year, as you can read in the DNJournal recap article. The conference featured an array of speakers covering domain investing, law, branding, social media, and other topics that would be of interest to domain investors.

Following the inaugural NameSummit conference last year, Steven and Jason hosted a Real Estate Summit event in New York City with a bit of a different format than NameSummit. Jason explained that they are going to use some of what they learned hosting the real estate event to make NameSummit better than last year:

NamesCon Announces NamesCon Europe 2019 will be in Lisbon

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One of the neat things about Domaining Europe was that the conference regularly changed locations in Europe. The conference, which was founded by Dietmar Stefitz, rebranded as NamesCon Europe, but the tradition of changing locations seems to have stuck. Last night, NamesCon announced the 2019 NamesCon Europe conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal:

I reached out to NamesCon organizers to get more information, and although the dates have not yet been set, conferences tickets are now on sale. NamesCon’s Terri Potratz told me “tickets are refundable up to 30 days before the event.” I was also told that the event will be held in June of 2019, although the exact date and location in Lisbon have not been finalized just yet. The ticket pre-sale

CloudFest and NamesCon India 2018 Scheduled for May

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The 2018 CloudFest and NamesCon India joint conference is scheduled for May 24-25, 2018 in Mumbai, India. The event will draw a large audience of people working in the hosting and domain name industries. These two events will share keynote speeches, entertainment, and an exposition hall, but like NamesCon Global, they will have two different tracks for people with differing interests.

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