I assume that most people who are active in the domain investment space have attended a domain conference like TRAFFIC, DomainFest, NamesCon, or one of the other conferences that have gone on in the past. I know that domain investors also attend other industry conferences, and I am curious which ones you think are worth attending.
Some conferences that are popular amongst domain investors and domain industry companies include:
- Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
There are dozens of relevant conferences and trade shows that could conceivably benefit domain investors. I’ve attended several conferences (usually the free exhibition hall pass), and I’ve had some good meetings and introductions as a result. Not only are these other conferences excellent for people who are interested in turning their domain names into businesses, but they can lead to other sale or joint venture opportunities if the right connections are made.
One negative issue I’ve encountered at least a couple of times is the negative perception of domain investors. It seems that people outside of the domain investor space look at domain investors as either cybersquatters, people who got lucky by being in the right place at the right time, or people who are scummy for owning good domain names and asking for a lot of money to sell them. Obviously, I disagree with all three assertions, and when someone thinks what you do is scummy, it’s a pretty bad feeling.
If you have attended non-domain industry conferences or tradeshows, it would be great to hear your perspective on them. What are your favorite tradeshows to attend? Would you get the full conference pass or skip that and reserve a free exhibition hall pass?