I don’t know about you, but it took me a couple of days to recover from NamesCon. I held a ton of meetings and had the chance to meet friends and colleagues from around the world. Despite my best efforts to connect with as many people as I could, I exchanged emails with a couple of people I hoped to meet but did not end up seeing. There’s always next year!
Here are some thoughts and updates for you, some of which you may have already seen.
- NamesCon was fantastic. The organizers do an exceptional job of packing a ton of content into a short period of time. There was a huge crowd with people from all aspects of the domain space. If you are involved at all in the domain name business, you should be at NamesCon. Simple as that.
- The GoDaddy Auctions bidder app is great. I bet it is going to bring a sharp increase in bidding activity to the platform. I have been bidding more, and I would imagine others who are using the app are bidding more as well.
- I had a chance to meet with Jackson and Keith from Escrow.com, and I think their revamped beta website looks very good. I think the website makeover combined with the additional support and other changes will produce a solid ROI for the company.
- The NamesCon auction is continuing on NameJet. I would not be surprised to see an addition 7 figures in sales closed by the time it ends.
- I want to say thank you to David Weslow, an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP. David successfully assisted Nat Cohen in getting a $50k settlement when his ownership of SDT.com came under fire. I met David at NamesCon, and he offered some very good counsel to me last week.
- Shane Cultra and Aaron Wilkin organized a great lunch during NamesCon and a ton of people showed up. I was fortunate to site next to Bill Kara, Michael Cyger, and Brandon Abbey at lunch.
- Domain Agents and Josh Sexton also organized separate breakfasts at NamesCon. It’s always nice when people organize small get togethers with friends to talk about business and make new connections.
- I read a bunch of articles about the Rams online branding after their pending move to Los Angeles was announced. It looks like they are going to go forward with TheRams.com, a domain name that has been owned by the NFL for 15+ years.