Since the passing of Lonnie Borck, I have been doing my best to spend more time with my family. I find myself waking up earlier, taking the kids to lunch during the day, and just finding the time to have quality time with my wife and our kids. It feels good to be able to do that, and I find myself worrying less about less important things. I wish it didn’t take the passing of a friend to get me to focus more on my family.
Here are a few thoughts and updates as we get ready to start a new week. You are welcome to share your own updates in the comment section if you have anything to add.
I have been writing more about UDRP filings and decisions for two reasons. First, I think it is important that people who invest in domain names know that a UDRP can be filed against just about any type of domain name. It’s a risk that should be considered with every purchase. Second, I want to highlight some of the UDRP proceedings that seem to be filed against valuable descriptive domain names. I think the UDRP is a good tool for brand owners, but I also think it is being abused by people and companies who want to get valuable domain names without paying market value.
The New York Times published an interview with GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. It’s worth a read when you have a moment.
Despite all the changes at GoDaddy (executives, marketing strategy, branding…etc), many people still associate the company with founder Bob Parsons. I was at a wedding in San Francisco a few weeks ago and after mentioning what I do to someone who asked, I was asked if I do the same thing as GoDaddy. I explained my business and he went on a brief rant about GoDaddy’s “CEO” hunting elephants. I told him how much the company has changed in the last few years, and he was totally uninterested. As far as he was concerned, GoDaddy was a bad company. It kind of goes to show that you can do lots of good, but if you do one (perceived) bad thing, people will never forget and may never forgive.
Morgan Linton published an interesting interview with the CEO of Pacific Pillows, the company that owns Pillows.com. It’s worth a read.
John Mauriello from DomainAssets.com is brokering the ultra premium two letter HH.com domain name, according to a press release I saw. I would imagine this has a high 7 or maybe even an 8 figure price tag. Not sure if it is worth that much, but it’s great domain name.
It’s time to book flights for NamesCon. I think I am headed out there on Saturday and returning home on the redeye on Tuesday.