It might seem like the most obvious thing in the world, but I believe that companies who operate in the domain space should make a concerted effort to hire domain investors or people familiar with the domain space. In reality, I don’t see this happening as much as it should.
Andrew Allemann was recently hired by one of the leading domain companies, Directi, and I want to congratulate both he and Div on the hire. Andrew knows just about everyone that works in the space, and he knows all of the principals at the leading companies as well. Very shrewd move. Similarly, Sedo recently announced that Dave Evanson was hired by the company, and I thought that was a smart move as well (as I previously noted).
Some people might argue against this for a variety of reasons including the fact that it can be tough sharing information with a potential competitor, it’s difficult to lure independent domain investors to a corporate environment, domain investors may leave the company and compete or take knowledge from the company, domain investors may not trust other domain investors with their information…etc.
While I can see where those arguments are valid, I still think it’s important to work with people who have a direct understanding of the business were in and the way domain investor entrepreneurs think. I look forward to learning more about Directi from Andrew, and Dave and I have already been in touch with regards to his new company.
PS: No, this most definitely isn’t a request for a job opportunity 🙂