Uniregistry

My TRAFFIC Awards Ballot

I’ve never done this before, but I want to share the 2014 TRAFFIC Awards ballot I plan to submit at some point this afternoon, with a bit of commentary. Most of these selections were difficult choices to make because there are many deserving people and companies in the domain space.

The nomination period is open today through this Friday, August 22nd at 6pm (Eastern). A person or company needs to receive at least 3 nominations to be listed on the final ballot. I believe you need to participate in the nomination period in order to cast a final ballot, so if you are the type of person who complains that the nominees are the same each year, you should make your own nominations.

I am sure I will think of someone else (or another company) later on who may be more deserving of recognition. When it comes to the final vote, I won’t reveal my selections because I might realize that I screwed up and omitted a better choice. Having more options rather than a blank slate tends to do that.

My 2014 TRAFFIC Awards Ballot:

My Business is Always Evolving

I’ve been writing this blog for over seven years, and nearly 5,000 articles have been published in that time. Many of the articles would be considered “news” rather than opinion, but there is a large percentage of articles that would be considered personal opinion or advice. These articles are generally based on learnings from my own business and observations that I’ve noted.

During this time period, my business has evolved quite a bit. Some of the areas that I would note an evolution include the following:

Uniregistry Announces Pioneers Program

Uniregistry LogoOne of the best ways for a new gTLD domain registry to let people know that it exists is to ensure that some of their domain names are developed into brands. One way to accomplish this goal is to get some of the premium domain names in the hands of people and companies who will develop them into brands.

Uniregistry recently announced its Pioneers Program, which aims to put some of its reserved domain names in the hands of developers. Instead of having to pay what might be a substantial sum to secure a reserved domain name from the registry, Uniregistry will either give a domain name to a qualifying applicant or charge a nominal fee for the rights to it.

Here’s how the Uniregistry Pioneers Program is described:

Uniregistry Video: Frank Schilling Discusses the Future of the Internet

I want to share this video uploaded to YouTube by Uniregistry, the company founded by Frank Schilling that is applying for hundreds of new gTLD strings. In the video, you can get an idea of Frank’s vision for the Internet once new gTLD domain names become available and used.

There is considerable uncertainty right now, but one thing is certain for me. It’s been very cool to watch the Internet change right before my eyes.  There will be winners and there will be losers. Fortunes will be made and lost. It’s been exciting to see all of this unfold in front of us.

The Internet as we know it is changing, and it’s going to cause great change in our businesses.

Check out the video below

Uniregistry is Hiring

Uniregistry LogoFrank Schilling is a big proponent of gTLD domain names, and he has invested millions of dollars into his company,  Uniregistry. Not only is Uniregistry physically expanding in Grand Cayman, but the company is also hiring. According to a promoted article on CircleID, Uniregistry is looking to hire a number of employees in different areas of expertise.

Whether you are a developer, engineer, or are in the field of marketing, there may be a job opening that suits your skill set. According to the article, Uniregistry is looking to hire Software Developers, Systems Specialist, Front-end Developers, and Marketing People. The one caveat to this is that employees must be based in Grand Cayman, so you should expect to move to the Caribbean if you are going to be hired.

If I was new to this business, wasn’t married with a child, and/or I was looking to work for someone else in the domain space and had a matching skill set, I would probably consider learning more about the job openings at Uniregistry. We are in a time of massive change to the Internet, and I think Uniregistry is going to be one of the companies at the forefront of these changes. Frank is clearly one of the smartest guys operating in the business, and it would be very cool to be involved with gTLDs from nearly the beginning.

I have no idea when gTLDs will be adopted by consumers or if gTLD domain names will make good investments, but I think we are in a unique period of time right now. Working for a cutting edge company, located in paradise, at this time, seems like something that is going to be a cool experience no matter what happens with these new extensions.

If you are looking to do something cool, take a look at some of the opportunities Uniregistry is currently offering.

Uniregistry is Expanding

According to a news report on a Grand Cayman-based local television station, Uniregistry is expanding its physical footprint. Uniregistry is the company founded and funded by Frank Schilling, and it applied for 54 gTLDs.

The report focused on the closure of a popular Brazilian churrascaria-style restaurant called Prime, and it said that the restaurant’s next door neighbor, Uniregistry, will be taking over the space.

I think it says something that Uniregistry is expanding well before gTLDs are awarded and available for public purchase. Whether the company has already overgrown its current office space or if it is ramping up to bring on additional employees and add equipment, it’s great to see expansion in the domain space.

Thanks to Bret for sharing the news.

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