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ICA Names Award After Lonnie Borck

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internet-commerce-association-icaThe Internet Commerce Association (ICA) has announced it has  named an award in memory and honor of  domain investor Lonnie Borck, who unexpectedly passed away in October at the age of 47. The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award will be given annually to recognize an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts in championing the rights of domain name owners.

The ICA Board of Directors, along with the consensus of the ICA membership, selected David Weslow of Wiley Rein as the first recipient of the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award. In announcing the recipient of this year'a award, the ICA Board made note of David's "dedication and persistence in his pro bono representation of Heidi Powell in the HeidiPowell.com dispute." You can read more about this legal dispute on USA Today and Domain Name Wire.

Nat Cohen, an ICA board member, shared some thoughts about Lonnie and this new award: (more…) → Read More


In Memory of Lonnie Borck

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lonnieI am terribly saddened to have learned about the sudden passing of Lonnie Borck. Lonnie was just 47 years old, and he leaves behind his wife and 5 children, who he cared for and loved dearly.

For as well regarded as Lonnie is in the domain investing community, he will be remembered more for being a caring husband, father, son, and friend. As I wrote when I interviewed Lonnie in 2007, he was a true "mentsch."

Lonnie was very active in his local Baltimore Hatzolah (volunteer Emergency Medical Service), and he saved many lives. Lonnie was always doing what he could to help others in his community. One of the last emails I received from Lonnie was a fundraising plea to help the family of a friend who had recently died of cancer. Lonnie was always looking out for others.

I have known Lonnie for nearly ten years. There was (more…) → Read More


Flashback to My First TRAFFIC Conference

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I'm not sure if I've shared this story before, but with the Jewish high holidays happening and my planning my trip to the TRAFFIC conference in Miami, I wanted to share it with you.

I am generally an outgoing person, especially when I am in the company of friends and colleagues. I may be a bit reserved when I am with people I don't know. Keeping this in mind, I was somewhat hesitant to attend a domain conference. I knew a number of people through domain forums and private deals, but I had met just a couple of people in person. When I learned that the TRAFFIC conference would be in New York a few years ago, I decided I would make the most of it and bought a ticket.

In the same way that it's fun to attend an event that you know will have sports stars signing autographs or movie stars milling about, it was neat to see domain investors I had heard so much about. I was a bit shy at first, but I soon introduced myself to the people whose names I recognized, and to those with whom I had previously done business. Some people were → Read More


Thoughts on the e.CO Auction

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I know there is an active discussion about the e.CO auction happening on Mike's Blog and TechCrunch, but I want to share my thoughts on it because I have a unique perspective. It was reported that B52 and its CEO Lonnie Borck won the domain name for $81,000. Lonnie is one of my closest colleagues in this industry as well as a good friend outside of the business, and I was with him at the auction and after.

In my opinion, this was a very strong speculative acquisition. The .CO registry and it's registrar partners are spending a lot of money on marketing the extension to ensure consumers know about it. .CO makes total sense for companies to use, and in fact, many companies use similar extensions in other countries - think .CO.UK and .CO.IL. I already gave some of my thoughts on .CO.

With the news that Twitter will be integrating T.CO into its system as the preferred URL shortener, and that there are many applications for the .CO Founder's Program as well as already awarded domain names (Angel.co and Disrupt.co as examples), I → Read More