Once again, Monte Cahn (from Right of the Dot) is responsible for organizing and managing the NamesCon auction that is scheduled for January 30, 2020. There will be a live auction held during the NamesCon conference, and that will be followed by a silent, extended auction that runs through February 14th. The biggest change this year is that the auction will be running via GoDaddy Auctions rather than NameJet.
Monte shared a video interview he did with the 27.be website where he discussed the upcoming auction:
In the video, Monte discussed the names included in the auction and he also discussed what went into selecting the domain names for the live and extended auctions. In addition, Monte answered some general questions about what goes into running a major auction, the .org acquisition, and other general questions about domain names and domain name sales.
People who are interested in bidding on domain names in the auction can see the list here. I do not believe a finalized live auction list has been released yet.
Thanks Elliot! For all those not attending the live auction and want to bid, its important you sign up for remote bidding here: http://www.proxibid.com/rightofthedot and get registered. This is also where the live auction can be viewed. The Extended auction will start when the live auction ends and run until February 14th here: https://auctions.godaddy.com/?t=16&event=7. There has been several price reductions and more names are hitting and exceeding reserve prices so it should be exciting. For those of you attending NamesCon, you will be able to register for you paddle on day one so you are ready to participate in the live event. See you all there!
Thanks Monte for the interview. Always nice to hear your news and perspective.
“The biggest change this year is that the auction will be running via GoDaddy Auctions rather than NameJet.”
I did not bother looking at anything about any of this, this time. So does that mean:
1. The “Estibot” abomination figure didn’t have to be present with listed domains this time to harm the domains themselves as well as the market?
2. Or, if not “Estibot,” some other purported automated “appraisal”?
3. Ergo, would I be surprised for the better this time, or “not so much”?
Actually I chose pre-bidding and the extended auctions to be run on the GoDaddy auctions platform. The live auction will be on our new live auction platform through Proxibid. We are excited about the potential benefits of both and how they can be a positive for the industry.