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With Whom Would You Want to Have Lunch?


Warren Buffett has once again offered up a lunch with him in a charity auction to benefit The Glide Foundation. The bidding, which ends later on tonight, is currently near $1.6 million. This bid will surely increase, but it remains shy of the record setting bid of $3,456,789 in 2012.

According to the article, “Buffett has said the lunches generally last at least three hours and cover a variety of topics. The only topic off-limits is what Buffett plans to invest in next.” People seem eager to do this considering this annual auction lot has raised nearly $18 million over the last 15 years.

I am curious who domain investors would want to have lunch with if they could choose anyone in the business of domain investing. I am not going to run a poll with pre-selected options, so it would be great for you to share the person with whom you would want to have a 3 hour lunch meeting. Perhaps this is something that could be arranged in the future.

It would be difficult for me to choose one person right now. There are quite a few people who are very successful who haven’t necessarily shared their secrets publicly and don’t hit the conference speaking circuit. I would probably want to choose someone who doesn’t attend many conferences and isn’t regularly available for a phone call or meeting. On the other hand, there are quite a few people in the business who have successfully built industry leading companies and are often making news. I will give it some thought and share my choice later on today.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (28)


    Tracy Fogarty. 🙂

    June 5th, 2015 at 8:55 am


    I would say

    Those would be my top 5. Tough to pick just one person.

    George K
    Adam Strong
    Garry Chernoff
    Nat Cohen
    Ron Jackson

    June 5th, 2015 at 8:58 am


    I would divide my time equally and invite both Rick Schwartz and Frank “.Whatever” Schilling for 90 minutes. I want to be there when Rick gets to say “I told you so!” (ie that the gtld concept was an incredibly stupid one).

    June 5th, 2015 at 9:47 am


      That’s a good one!!

      Rick is right. Frank is wrong.

      In reply to Star | June 5th, 2015 at 10:06 am


    Shane Cultra

    June 5th, 2015 at 10:36 am


      Oh and Andrew Rosener
      (sorry for the double post)

      In reply to Felix | June 5th, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Shane Cultra

      Done and I pay, at Namescon 🙂 I’ll get Drew to join us

      In reply to Felix | June 5th, 2015 at 11:35 am


    A lunch with Blake Irving will be a great motivation.

    June 5th, 2015 at 10:53 am


    For me it would be Rick Schwartz. The articles he has written on his blog over the years have kept me inspired and motivated to keep doing what I’m doing. I love his style of writing and straight to the point attitude. His domain advice has been like a lighthouse in a turbelent storm. I imagine an hour in his company would refocus my business mind and underline the reason why he’s the domain investor I aspire to be.

    June 5th, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Elliot Silver

      Have you attended a TRAFFIC conference?

      In reply to sean | June 5th, 2015 at 11:17 am


      Unfortunately I haven’t. I’m in the UK so the majority of them were a bit of a journey. I’m tucked away in a rural area of England so even Dublin, Ireland is like getting to Mars

      In reply to Elliot Silver | June 5th, 2015 at 2:48 pm


    for me it would totally depend on what they were serving. chicken, fish or filet mignon.
    and whether wine came with the meal or was extra.

    June 5th, 2015 at 12:35 pm


    There is a lot of people I would like to have lunch with. I think if I had to pick one I would go with Mike Cyger. If it were a group lunch I would say Mike, Shane Cultra, Andrew Rosener and Adam Dicker. That group would be a lot of fun.

    June 5th, 2015 at 12:44 pm


    Everyone has picked some great people, but no one has mentioned Page Howe.
    Page puts a lot of his time giving great advice on the sherpa show.
    Lunch with Page would be fun, as long as we go to McDonalds.porn, sounds like they have some new things on the menu…lol

    June 5th, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Noor Manji

    For me it would have to be Mike Berkens, Andrew Rosener and Dave Evanson.

    June 5th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Noor Manji

      Would love to have a beer or 2 with Shane, Adam and Mike Cyger though, maybe at the Namescon next year.

      In reply to Noor Manji | June 5th, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Donna Mahony

    George K and/or Yun Ye

    June 5th, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Gianni Ponzi


    June 5th, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Andrew Rosener

    I think I’ve broken bread with just about everyone in the domain industry I’ve wanted to. Sahar would have been on my list but he just visited Panama and we had several meals.

    I would say my pick would be the partners of Scott Day & Jay Chapman. Even though I know both, I think they are two of the most intuitive and innovative people in our business for assessing the enterprise value of a domain name and creating deal structures that extract that value.

    June 6th, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Andrew Rosener

    And big thanks to all of you who selected me! I’m humbled! I’m also very accessible and happy to break bread with anyone given the opportunity, especially if you are paying!

    June 6th, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Max Fein

      I’ll look forward to an opportunity to take you up on that Andrew =)

      In reply to Andrew Rosener | June 7th, 2015 at 8:16 pm


    Rich Schwartz
    Frank Schilling
    Mike Berkens
    Andrew Rosener
    Yun Ye

    June 6th, 2015 at 12:15 pm


    Garry Chernoff
    Josh Sexton
    Jeff O.

    Because these guys have all been helpful in the past.

    I’ve also learned a great deal (not just about domains) any time I have sat next to Braden Pollock, so I think lunch with him and Lisa would be great.

    June 6th, 2015 at 7:56 pm


      Nadia, Thanks for the kind words. We can have lunch anytime 🙂

      In reply to Nadia | June 26th, 2015 at 6:17 pm


    Al Gore, since he invented the Internet and all the domain names that are a part of it. He’s the Original Gangster.

    June 7th, 2015 at 12:05 am


    I would like to meet with Frank and ask him why he keep pouring good money after bad now that it is rather obvious (to me, anyways) that the new gtlds have become a worthless funding suck.

    June 7th, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Jeff G.

    For me it would have to be Adam Dicker because we have the same humor and there would be a lot of laughs. Although, I also met Alan Hack at Namescon and he is one of the nicest guys and very passionate about building personal relationships.

    June 10th, 2015 at 10:11 am

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