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ICA Hosting Public Webcast on April 12

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) will be hosting a public webcast on April 12th at 1pm EDT to share and discuss the ICA’s policy positions and interests. The webcast is open to ICA members as well as the general public interested in learning more about the ICA and the organization’s objectives.

The ICA is a trade organization that advocates for the rights and interests of domain name registrants. Many domain investors and industry service providers are members of the ICA.

According to the ICA email I received announcing the webcast, here are some of the topics that will be covered:

Directnic Hiring a Director of Software Engineering

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Directnic is looking to hire a Director of Software Engineering. This is a mission critical domain registrar job opening at the company that operates both Directnic and Fabulous. The job opening will be based out of the company’s Tampa, Florida office.

Here’s a brief description of the job opportunity:

New Zealand Herald Writes About Escrow.com

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Over the weekend, the business section of the New Zealand Herald featured an article about the growing business of Escrow.com. Featuring some insight from Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie, the article offered some insight into what Escrow.com does and how the company has grown into “almost a monopoly” in the domain name space. As you may recall, Escrow.com was acquired by Freelancer.com for $7.5 million USD in 2016 (the deal was announced in 2015).

George Kirikos Launches FreeSpeech.com Blog

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In July of 2018, George Kirikos, an advocate for the rights of domain name registrants and domain investors (and self-described “long-time critic of ICANN”), posted a poll on Twitter asking people if he should start a blog. Nearly 150 people voted, with more than 2/3 choosing the “definitely” option:

Efty Announces Live Chat Integration

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In a blog post this morning, Efty announced its clients can now implement a live chat functionality on to the domain names listed within their Efty marketplace, allowing domain registrants to talk in real-time with prospective buyers. Here’s an excerpt from the blog post:

“We’ve teamed up with Tawk.to to bring forever-free live chat to your Efty marketplace site, allowing you to communicate with buyers in real-time, either from the advanced Tawk.to dashboard or directly from your mobile device while you are on the go.

Donuts Hiring Chief Marketing Officer

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Donuts is looking to hire a Chief Marketing Officer, according to a job posting on LinkedIn. The CMO job opportunity was posted about a week ago, and it looks like there are 90 applicants via LinkedIn so far. I believe Jeff Davidoff was the last CMO at Donuts. It looks like he left that position in June of 2016, and I don’t believe it was filled after his departure. The CMO job will be based in the company’s Kirkland, Washington office.

Here’s an excerpt from the job posting that describes the Chief Marketing Officer position at Donuts:

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