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GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani to Keynote at NamesCon

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NamesCon just announced one of its marquee keynote speakers for the 2020 NamesCon Global conference later this month. Aman Bhutani, CEO of GoDaddy, will be one of the conference’s keynote speakers. Aman was named CEO of GoDaddy in September, when former CEO Scott Wagner departed due to an unspecified health issue.

Although the NamesCon email did not announce the date and time of Aman’s keynote address, I can see an unspecified keynote speaker slot on Thursday, January 30th from 1-2pm. NamesCon previously announced that James Booth will be a keynote speaker, and he is scheduled to take the podium on Friday, January 31st at 10am. You can view the full agenda on the NamesCon website.

Here’s the announcement that was shared by NamesCon this morning:

Will I See You at NamesCon?

NamesCon Global will take place in Austin, Texas in a little over three weeks from today. From what I have read in various places, it would seem like attendance could be down from prior years, but I have also heard the opposite. In fact, NamesCon organizers made more hotel rooms available at surrounding hotels due to the reservation blocks being reserved already.

Now that we are very close to the conference, I thought I would ask readers if they are going to be attending the conference. I will be there, and I am looking forward to making my first trip to Austin.


NamesCon Increases Hotel Availability

Some people have quietly questioned how large the NamesCon turnout will be this year due to the change in location from Las Vegas to Austin, Texas. If hotel bookings are an indication of the number of attendees, it looks like NamesCon will be well-attended. NamesCon organizers had a block of rooms set aside for conference attendees to book, and they secured a second block when the first one sold out. The conference is coming up in less than a month, and apparently, the host Omni Hotel is now at capacity.

NamesCon Announces Special Christmas Offer

I want to share a special ticket offer posted by NamesCon this morning for NamesCon Global tickets. Conference organizers are offering a 30% discount off of the current pricing and giving purchasers a free second ticket with the purchase. Here’s the tweet with the special offer and discount link:

If I am reading it correctly, people who purchase a ticket for the NamesCon Global conference by December 26th (using the discount code) will get two tickets for a total price of $521.99, inclusive of the EventBrite fees.

I bought two conference tickets this year, and I paid more for them separately than I would have paid using this offer. It’s not really a big deal because I would not have been comfortable waiting this long to buy my ticket anyway, but had I waited I would have saved money.

If you and a colleague or business associate are still thinking about going to NamesCon Global this year, now is probably a good time to confirm that. The conference will be held in a little over a month (January 29th – February 1st, 2020) in Austin, Texas.

NamesCon to Hold Memorial for Charlie Gilbert

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Nearly one year ago, Charlotte Gilbert (known as Charlie to her friends and family), passed away after a long battle with Pulmonary Hypertension. Charlie had a double transplant (heart and lungs) and bravely fought for her life with her husband Brian by her side. Sadly, she was taken far too soon. I learned of Charlie’s passing earlier this year as I was getting ready to head home from NamesCon.

ICA to Host Dinner During NamesCon Global

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) is inviting its members and conference attendees to the annual ICA dinner during the NamesCon Global conference in Austin, Texas. The dinner will be hosted at MAX’s Wine Dive on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:30pm (Central), following the NamesCon opening reception. The event is being co-hosted with Braden Pollock, who previously hosted a large NamesCon dinner that merged with the annual ICA event.

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