Haven’t domain conferences come and gone? With no sign of DomainFest aka WebFest, and with numerous other domain conference brands having been moth-balled, why would a veteran of the internet name space want to risk so much of his own capital to launch a brand new show? Wouldn’t you have to be crazy to enter this space?
To answer that question, I hope you will indulge me for a few paragraphs. My name is Richard Lau and I am that person….
I’m proud to announce NamesCon Las Vegas 2014 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 13th-15th, 2014. With over 400 attendees expected, NamesCon will be the largest Conference dedicated exclusively for the Internet Name Industry. What can you expect from NamesCon? Content, and lots of it. What can you not expect? Food and flash and domain auctions.
NamesCon is my personal vision of what an industry-wide conference should be. It is me. My brand, my reputation, my capital.
By its very design, NamesCon will not be a domaining show. The idea is to bring together disparate sections of the Internet Naming sector and allow everyone’s networking to blossom into synergistic deals. Does that sound idealistic? It is, and it will happen. Am I an idealist? My work with the WaterSchool charity, and the (domain hijacking recovery) reasons for my Domainer of the Year award back in 2004 would indicate that I am. I am not motivated by profit, and if you remove profit as the primary goal of a conference, the world is your oyster.
“Back in 2004” ages me, and you may well ask me – what have you done lately? Or as one commenter said, and I paraphrase “What have you been doing since 2004?” Well, it’s a valid question. Am I qualified to come out of the shadows and run, not a domaining-only show, but an industry-wide show? What have I been up to? In short, networking like a crazy man. Chasing ideals, while doing millions in domain transactions, starting up over 60 ICANN Accredited Registrars and investing in, and advising to, many different service companies in the Internet Naming arena.
But back to NamesCon and what it will do for you. NamesCon will be about the networking and the content. We all know there is no channel like the internet domain name channel, and 2014 is an amazing year of expansion, growth, change and opportunities in all areas of the registry, registrar and registrant internet name space. To address the many topics at hand, NamesCon will have over 30 content sessions led by the industry’s leading experts in three simultaneous tracks, AND four Keynote speakers including Frank Schilling and Jeremy Shoemaker.
Content is king, both online and at conferences. NamesCon will have that content. Put an idealist in charge, take away the food, and suddenly you can turn the conference world on its head. How about we start at $199? Sure you’ll have to go buy your own lunch, maybe even have to order breakfast in to your room before hitting the conference. But you aren’t here for the food, you are here to feast on content and relationships.
I went to a conference in 2007 that changed my life. Not because of a domain bought at auction, but because of the people I met there. In times of screens and texting, face to face trust cannot be undervalued.
I believe a rising tide raises all boats. NamesCon will rise the tide, you simply need to bring your boat.