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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:

Super.com Announces New $50 Million Investment Fund

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Shortly after the $1.2 million sale of Super.com at the NamesCon auction, I asked readers if they thought this would be the largest publicly reported domain name sale of 2018. We are coming up to the end of the year, and Super.com is the second largest sale of the year, behind the $3.5 million sale of Ice.com.

If you were not aware, Super.com has been turned into a “publishing, funding and game platform for developers and gamers.” This past week, Super.com announced a $50 million investment fund. The news was shared on Twitter by domain broker Kate Buckley:

On the Super.com website, the company shares more information about its $50 million Super! Fund initiative:

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

ICA to Host Annual Dinner at NamesCon

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) will be hosting its annual dinner during the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas. The ICA dinner will be held at the House of Blues restaurant, the B Side lounge at Mandalay Place on Monday, January 28th at 6pm.

The annual ICA dinner was started as a way for ICA members to meet and to get to know each other. I believe there will be one or two members of the ICA board who will briefly speak during the event to give an update on ICA initiatives. Some ICA members include Sedo, Escrow.com, GoDaddy, NameBright, and quite a few other companies that are in the domain investment business.

Dinner attendees do not need to be NamesCon conference attendees, so people are invited to purchase tickets for industry friends, significant others, or others who want to support the ICA. In addition

Submit a NamesCon Testimonial and Save 25%

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NamesCon Global is quickly approaching. The conference will be held at the end of January in Las Vegas.

NamesCon organizers just emailed me about a special offer for past attendees to save 25% off their ticket price. In addition, there will be three opportunities for those people to win a free pass for a friend who has not attended NamesCon.

“We are running a contest for the next 3 weeks for those who submit a NamesCon testimonial. The participants will receive a 25% discount for a conference pass. They will also be entered into a weekly draw to win a complImentary pass for a friend who has never attended NamesCon before.”

Here’s a graphic with more details about this special offer. Contact NamesCon organizers directly with any questions:

ICA Seeking Nominations for 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

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Shortly after the unexpected passing of Lonnie Borck, the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) created a domain industry award in his memory. The inaugural award was presented to David Weslow ofWiley Rein, and this year’s award was given to Kathy Kleiman.

The ICA is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award. Here’s a description of the Award:

“The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award is granted to an individual for indelible contribution to domain investor rights, and we invite you all to take part in the process and submit your suggestions for the nominees. The nomination process is open to the entire domain name community.”

Nominations will be accepted until November 1st. The ICA Board of Directors will review the nominations and vote on the winner. The Award will be presented during the NamesCon conference in January.

If you know of someone who has made a lasting contribution to protecting and enabling the rights of domain name investors, you should think about submitting a nomination. There are quite a few people that go above and beyond to help protect the rights of domain investors, and it is nice that we can honor them. I already know who I am going to nominate.

Not a week goes by that I don’t think about Lonnie. It’s nice to see this Award being given to someone deserving.

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