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NamesCon Auction Details and Submission Info

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With the NamesCon 2018 conference a few months away, the domain name auction is starting to take shape. Monte Cahn from Right of the Dot is helping to organize the auction event, and he shared some details about the auction as well as some information about submitting domain names to be sold via auction.

Monte shared these details about the types of domain names that are being sought out for the auction:

"I am looking for the best super premium .com names - meaning key words, dictionary terms in proper tense, N, NN, NNN, L, LL, LLL, etc. These will be at no and low reserve to drive as much bidding competition and bidding excitement as possible.

Although there will be some new TLDs, we will not get most of those from submitters, some will come from the registries and some from registrants but we will not allow any names with premium priced renewals or crazy tiered pricing, etc. But point is, that I am not looking for new TLDs from registrants yet for the auction - just super premium .com names for now."

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5 With… Soeren von Varchmin President of WHD & NamesCon

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NamesCon is the largest annual domain industry conference that regularly draws over 1,000 attendees to Las Vegas. At the end of the Summer last year, NamesCon was privately acquired by WorldHostingDays (WHD), a conference producer in the cloud and web hosting industry. In another acquisition at the end of last year, the parent company of WHD, Host Europe Group, was acquired by GoDaddy.

In light of all of these corporate changes involving NamesCon, and with the 2018 conference coming up in a few months, I interviewed Soeren von Varchmin to ask some questions about NamesCon 2018. Soeren serves as President of WorldHostingDays and NamesCon. He joined the company in 2014 after spending ten years in sales and business development roles in the cloud service industry. During this time, Soeren has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia.

I asked Soeren five questions as a part of my long running "5 with..." interview series. Some of his responses were lightly edited for grammatical and punctuation reasons.

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NamesCon Offering Halloween Discount

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Every once in awhile, NamesCon announces a special offer for conference passes. As the conference gets closer, the offers and discounts tend to disappear. If you have not bought your NamesCon ticket for January's conference, now might be a good time.

In a tweet today, NamesCon announced a 50% off discount code: "HappyHalloween"




I can only assume the code will expire after Halloween, but you will need to check with the conference organizers to confirm. With this promo code, it looks like standard conference passes are little over $300 and VIP conference passes are around $500. The EventBrite page has all of the details about what each pass gets you.

NamesCon 2018 will take place January 28-31, 2018 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. → Read More


NamesCon Seeking Speakers for 2018 Conference

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NamesCon put a call out for speakers for the 2018 conference coming up in January in Las Vegas:




Since there are typically several topical tracks during the conference, the speaker positions are most likely not limited to people within the domain name business. In fact, I would imagine NamesCon organizers (and conference attendees) would be interested in welcoming speakers with expertise in tertiarily related businesses and industries. Having speakers discuss new and interesting topics helps keep people engaged and likely draws a wider audience. My guess is that we will see more speakers discuss (more…) → Read More


NamesCon China Conference Announced

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In an email sent to newsletter subscribers, NamesCon organizers announced that NamesCon will be holding an event in China in October. The one-day conference will be held in Shanghai, China on October 12, 2017. The Andaz Shanghai Xintiandi hotel (part of the Hyatt chain) will play host to NamesCon China.

Here's what was said about the event:

"NamesCon has partnered with Racënt to bring NamesCon to China for the first time, touching down in Shanghai's Xintiandi entertainment district on October 12, 2017. We've got a full day of keynotes, panels, and sessions in the works; closing out the day with one of our legendary domain auctions."

NamesCon recently held a successful event in India in conjunction with WHD India. I do not believe there is another industry-related event being held in China at the same time. Organizers are expecting between 300-500 attendees at NamesCon China.

Tickets to attend NamesCon China cost (more…) → Read More


Video: NamesCon India & WHD.India Recap

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There were two related events held in India that were well attended by people in the domain industry. WHD.India and NamesCon India were held in Mumbai a couple of weeks ago. According to an email I received yesterday, there were 1,100 attendees at both events. NamesCon India was a conference I was hoping to attend, but I was away with my family in Florida for the week.

For those who missed these conferences and for those who attended and want to see some highlights, the conference organizers shared a video recap of both events. The video is pretty short, but you can get an idea of the size of the crowd in attendance by watching the video.

NamesCon India will definitely be on my list of events I want to attend next year if there is a 2018 event. Here's the video embedded below:

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