There are two groups of people in the domain industry – those who attended NamesCon this past week in Las Vegas, and those who did not attend for whatever reason.
Obviously those who attended the conference have formed their opinions about the value of attending because they experienced it first hand. Those who weren’t able to attend have to rely on a variety of industry reports from the conference, including one that I shared. Other reports I recommend reading including Ron Jackson’s analysis, Morgan Linton’s article, Donna Mahony’s recap, and Theo’s post. I assume Mike Berkens will also share some feedback about his experience at NamesCon.
From what I’ve been reading and hearing, most people have said this conference was excellent. I know plenty of people on both sides of the new gTLD issue enjoyed the conference, and I personally did not feel like I was being forced to like the new TLDs. I was, however, impressed with how much money and backing there seems to be behind the new TLDs. I don’t know what opportunity will exist for domain investors to make money selling the new domain names, but I can bet that there will be many people talking about these new domain names in and out of the domain name space.
Next year’s NamesCon event may have more or less of a focus on new gTLDs – I really have no idea and it probably depends on how well the roll-out and initial adoption goes. Frankly, my interest in attending the conference will most likely not be influenced by the new domain names in any way.
I am very confident I will be attending NamesCon 2015 assuming the dates fit into my calendar, and I am curious to know if you plan to attend or will not be attending for whatever reason. Of course, if you aren’t going to be attending (and you already know this), I would be interested to hear why you have no interest in it. Some people have real jobs and don’t want to take a “business” vacation of sorts, and others just don’t want to hang out with a bunch of domain investors! Whatever the reason, I am interested to hear what it is. Vote in the poll below and feel free to share why or why not.
I know that I am looking forward to the next one.