I went to a very small liberal arts college in Pennsylvania called Muhlenberg College, and there aren’t many people in the domain space who have even heard of Muhlenberg. In December of 2007, I checked to see if anyone at all connected with the domain industry had attended Muhlenberg College, and I saw that Lori Anne Wardi, then of Mike Mann’s WashingtonVC, graduated from Muhlenberg in 19(no comment).
I sent Lori Anne this LinkedIn message after she accepted by connection request:
“I saw that you are a Muhlenberg College alum and involved on the domain space. I would love the opportunity to chat via email. I am a Muhlenberg alum (class of ’02) and I am active in the domain community. Please contact me when you have a chance to say hello.“
Since then, we’ve shared many emails, phone calls, lunches, dinners, and other get togethers over the last several years. It’s amazing how a brief introduction on LinkedIn can lead to a great business friendship.
Courtesy of a tweet from Juan Diego Calle of the .CO Registry, I want to share an article Lori Anne wrote for Brazen Life, a lifestyle and career blog for ambitious young professionals. The article is called “How a Burned-Out Lawyer Quit Her Job and Discovered Her Dream Career,” and it discusses her shift from practicing law to finding her dream job, working with the .CO Registry.
I know that .CO is a polarizing topic for many in the domain industry. However, I think we should all look at .CO from an objective business perspective and see just how successful they have been. Lori Anne has been one of the forces behind the company’s success. I also think that there are many people who would love to change careers and work full time within the domain industry. Lori Anne’s article offers some insight into her career change.
I’ve told the Development office at our small college about her success in the domain industry, and I always introduce her as a classmate of mine from a different era. Despite this ribbing, we’ve remained friends. Lori Anne has a dynamic personality, has a sharp business mind, and the information she shared is well worth your time.