When I First Learned About Bitcoin…


I want to share a story about when I first learned of Bitcoin. At the time, the conversation was one of many had during a conference, and since the topic wasn’t all that important to me at the time.

I am pretty sure the conversation happened during the TRAFFIC domain conference in October of 2011. The reason this resonates is that the conversation happened in the Ft. Lauderdale Ritz Carlton club lounge at the TRAFFIC wrap-up party. It couldn’t have happened in 2010 because the conference was in South Beach and it couldn’t have happened in 2012 because Bitcoin was widely known by then.

As the TRAFFIC conference was coming to an end, there was a dessert party in the club lounge. I was walking into the lounge and ran into some domain industry colleagues I have known for a few years. One of them was talking about Bitcoin, and if I had heard of Bitcoin before the conversation, it must have been in passing because I didn’t really know anything about it. This person explained what Bitcoin was, how it was created, and how the price had risen from virtually nothing to $30+ per coin and then back down. He talked about a big crash, but he was confident in the long term value proposition of Bitcoin despite the fact that it had risen and fallen.

The conversation was interesting, and alas, I was more interested

Why THE Domain Conference Will Be Successful


The TRAFFIC domain conferences have been operated by the team of Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu. Rick Schwartz recently announced his retirement, but the legacy of the TRAFFIC conferences will live on under a new moniker.

Howard Neu announced the creation of a conference called “THE Domain Conference,” which is the successor to the TRAFFIC conferences. The conference is scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from September 27 – 29, 2015. There will also be pre-conference networking opportunities.

I plan to attend THE Domain Conference in September, and I hope you’ll be there as well. There are several reasons why I believe THE Domain Conference will be successful, and I want to share those reasons with you:

Thoughts About TRAFFIC Conference

I returned home yesterday morning after spending a couple of weeks on vacation and at the TRAFFIC conference in Miami. I thought I would share some thoughts about this 10th anniversary conference for those who were unable to attend. I’ll break it down into three sections – Venue, Attendees, and Panels & Parties.

For those who may not know, the TRAFFIC conference was held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida. In past years, the October conference (called TRAFFIC East) has been held in the south Florida area, including Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood. This was the first time the event was held at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Some of my thoughts about the conference:

Some Thoughts About TRAFFIC Awards

Following the TRAFFIC conference awards, I had a brief discussion with a couple of friends about the voting process. The genesis  of the discussion was that some nominees reached out to friends, clients, and others to ask for their support for the awards.

I think this year’s TRAFFIC Award voting process was improved from prior years, and it seems to be a  fair way to conduct voting. Some people may have opined that  it doesn’t seem like a total industry award because you have to be on the TRAFFIC email list to nominate, but I believe anyone can sign up to be on the list. I think it’s smart to do it this way because it cuts down on fraud and lessens the chance that someone can stuff the ballot box. I think having a third party, Escrow.com in this case, review the votes (just like the Domainers Choice Awards used a third party service, too) was also a smart idea.

Some people may feel like industry awards

Weekend Thoughts, Updates, and Tips

The 10th anniversary of the TRAFFIC conference is now in the books, and I am glad that I attended. As usual, the networking was good, and I had some productive meetings. I also met some people I had not met before, and that is one of the most valuable aspects of the conference. I shared some additional thoughts about the conference below.

If you called me or emailed me at some point during the last two weeks, I will try to reply to you soon. My wife and I spent a few days in Florida prior to the conference, and that was followed by several nights in Punta Cana, which was then followed by the TRAFFIC conference. Although I’ve been working, I have a few emails and phone calls to return.

Here are some thoughts and updates:

Sunday Updates


I’m in the middle of a daddy-daughter weekend, as my wife went out of town for a baby shower. I think we’ll do a little apple picking, apple pie making, and maybe spend some time outside depending on the weather. I hope you have as much fun as I have!

I want to share some thoughts and updates that I have been compiling from the past week. You are also welcome to share your thoughts, feedback, or anything related to domain investing:

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