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DOMAINfest set for Feb 5-8, 2013

September 19, 2012Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Oversee.netComments Off on DOMAINfest set for Feb 5-8, 2013

Dates finally set for big domain industry conference.

domainfestOversee.net has set the dates for its annual DOMAINfest Global conference. Next year’s shindig will take place February 5-8.

The show will return to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. The entire hotel will be reserved for DOMAINfest guests.

Moniker will be holding an auction in conjunction with the event.

DOMAINfest is typically the domain investing community’s largest event in terms of attendance. ICANN meetings are larger, but those include a lot more people from the policy making side of the internet.

It will be interesting to see how the conference changes this year now that Oversee.net’s only big domain name company is DomainSponsor. It sold Moniker and SnapNames earlier this year.


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Moniker accepting auction submissions for DOMAINfest 2013

September 19, 2012Domain Sales, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Moniker accepting auction submissions for DOMAINfest 2013

Moniker and SnapNames will run an auction in conjunction with DOMAINfest next year.

It looks like Moniker and SnapNames will hold an auction in conjunction with Oversee.net’s DOMAINfest Global 2013 conference next year.

SnapNames.com has a submission form for the auction. It’s currently listed as an online auction.

Both Moniker and SnapNames were owned by Oversee.net until their sale earlier this year to KeyDrive. They provided the auction platform at DOMAINfest conferences for many years, so there was a question if they’d continue to run auctions at the show.

Oversee.net confirmed that DOMAINfest Global will be happening in 2013, but it hasn’t updated its web site with any details.

Auction submissions are limited to 50 per person and are due by December 14.


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DOMAINfest Announces Party Venues for Next Year’s L.A. Conference

September 28, 2011Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DOMAINfest Announces Party Venues for Next Year’s L.A. Conference

A trip to an automotive museum and House of Blues.

Social events for next year’s DOMAINfest Global event in Los Angeles will be held at differenct locations than years’ past.

The Wednesday dinner networking event will be at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The museum has a large collections of race cars, classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, and celebrity cars.

After three years at the Playboy Mansion, the farewell party will move to the House of Blues. This is a smart change after last year’s illness outbreak at the mansion and what ensued.

There are only a few more days left to get early bird admission tickets for $995. The rate increases to $1,195 on October 1.


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DOMAINfest Sets Dates for 2012 Show

August 11, 2011Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DOMAINfest Sets Dates for 2012 Show

The big show returns, but I bet the final party will have a new location.

Mark your calendars, folks.

Next year’s DOMAINfest Global conference will take place January 31 to February 2. The event will again take place at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

Registration begins in September for a discounted rate of $995. Rates jump October 1.

If you think you might go, I recommend reserving a hotel room soon as they always sell out early.

DOMAINfest Global’s main show in California is usually the most highly attended domain investor conference with around 700 attendees.

If there’s one thing I’ll place a bet on for this conference, I can pretty much guarantee you it won’t return to the Playboy Mansion this year. I don’t think Hef will invite us back.

Update: I missed this on the DOMAINfest agenda page: “After three years of Farewell Parties at the Playboy Mansion, DomainSponsor has decided to change things up a bit and host this event at a new, exciting, world-famous venue right in the heart of Hollywood. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of high-energy, fun entertainment. And it will once again include a fundraising effort for a good cause. We hope to announce details on this highly anticipated party very soon.”


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My Picks for the Moniker Extended Auction Ending Wednesday

June 21, 2011Domain Sales, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on My Picks for the Moniker Extended Auction Ending Wednesday

The good and the bad in auction ending tomorrow.

The DOMAINfest Barcelona extended Moniker domain auction on Snapnames with nearly 500 domain names concludes Wednesday.

Domains range in price from no reserve to nearly $6.5 million for WorkatHome.com. Intriguingly missing from the auction is Social.com, which received a $2.5 million bid during the live auction.

Some of the notable low six figure domains include Invites.com, Frame.com, Skills.com, Dorms.com

There are also some extremely high priced domains that confuse me — from LosAngeles.org for $704,710 to CellPhones.us for $647,060 and SelfHelp.us for $258,830.

But here are some of my picks for the sub-$100k category. They might not sell at the current prices, but are good for the right buyers.

Paranormal $58,830

WorldClock.com $41,180 someone bid $41k during the live auction for this domain — looks like they were very close.

PreMed.com $17,650 didn’t sell in live auction but a great domain

SeniorsHome.com $11,180

BodySculpting.com $9,420 received a bid in live auction but this is near the top of the reserve range.

MuscleRelaxer.com $1,770

PersonalInvitation.com $1,250

IPLawFirms.com $300


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DOMAINfest Changes NYC Show Format to Meetup, Nixes Las Vegas

June 13, 2011Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Oversee.netComments Off on DOMAINfest Changes NYC Show Format to Meetup, Nixes Las Vegas

New York show changed to a meetup and Las Vegas show canceled.

DOMAINfestOversee.net has made some changes to its remaining DOMAINfest shows for 2011.

First, the New York show planned for August will now be an evening meetup instead of a one day “Power Networking” day. The event will take place August 23 from 7-10 pm at the Mad46 Rooftop Lounge. Registration isn’t open yet but the web site notes it will be $150.

I’m a bit disappointed in this change because the New York show last year was pretty good. The decision to change the format has been on the DOMAINfest web site since before last week’s Barcelona show.

Second, the company has canceled its planned November show in Las Vegas. A company spokesperson told me the show was eliminated because it’s so close to the franchise’s main event in Los Angeles in early 2012. This makes sense to me.

What do you think about the change to the New York show? Were you planning to attend, and does this change affect your decision?


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DOMAINfest Gets Ready to Return to Its Roots

June 1, 2011Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DOMAINfest Gets Ready to Return to Its Roots

Five years later, DOMAINfest returns to Barcelona.

DomainFestDOMAINfest returns to Barcelona next week, the home of its first ever conference in 2006.

But the conference running June 7-9 will look very different from five years ago.

After a series of successful conferences and a return to Europe last summer, DOMAINfest has grown into the most attended conference on the domain circuit. Its main event in L.A. each year draws 600-700 attendees.

The European shows are a smaller, and Oversee.net VP of Marketing Aaron Kvitek told me today he expects 150-175 attendees at next week’s show.

The focus will also be on the European market.

“We go out of our way to find speakers and panelists that have a strong European base of knowledge,” Kvitek said. “We want to tailor the content toward issues, concerns and needs of the European audience.”

But he stressed that the programming is also valuable for non-European domainers, especially those interesting in finding a way to tap into worldwide opportunity.

The agenda is certainly full of European influence. Wednesday morning kicks off with domain attorney Paul Keating, who now resides in Barcelona. There will also be a panel on ccTLDs as well as experts from the European SEO community. One very interesting presentation will be from Dr. Harry Brignull, who explains what he calls “dark patterns” in user interface design.

Panels will be slightly different from previous shows. Each panelist will give a five minute presentation before sitting down for Q&A with the audience.

As with last year’s event in Prague, the activities switch to purely social and networking on the last day of the event.

The event will be in English. English to Spanish translators will be available during Wednesday’s educational programming.

Admission is still available for $795 for a full conference pass. One day pass are available for Wednesday priced $295 for day activities and $495 for day and evening.


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DOMAINfest Brings Back “Dine with an Expert”

May 27, 2011Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DOMAINfest Brings Back “Dine with an Expert”

Opportunity to get domain name advice during DOMAINfest Barcelona.

DOMAINfest is offering “Dine with an Expert” at next month’s conference in Barcelona. This program allows attendees to reserve a spot at the lunch table with a domain name expert during the conference.

The conference offered this program during its February show in Santa Monica and it was a big hit. Numerous tables — including Frank Schilling’s — filled up quickly.

As of right now all experts have space at their table, but you should RSVP quickly if you are interested. Experts for this show include:

Laurence Aderemi, Mobile Strategic Partnerships Lead, Google AdMob Europe
Frederick Schiwek, Managing Director & Founder of DomainInvest (DI SA)
Paul Keating, Founder, Law.es
Ken Hansen, Senior Director, Business Development, Neustar Inc.
Daniel Eisenhut, International Key Accounts, InterNetX
Tobias Wann, Director of EMEA Account Management, Verisign
Miguel Ochoa, Spanish Sales Director, affili.net
Peter Celeste, Senior Vice President of Oversee.net/General Manager, DomainSponsor
Joerg Schnermann, General Manager, DomainSponsor Europe
Lisa Box, Senior Director of Sales, Oversee.net/Moniker.com/Snapnames.com


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Survey: DOMAINfest Best Domain Industry Conference

February 23, 2011domain roundtable, Domain Services, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, traffic conferenceComments Off on Survey: DOMAINfest Best Domain Industry Conference

DOMAINfest takes top honors again.

DOMAINfest is the best domain name conference, according to survey respondents in the Sixth Annual Domain Name Wire Survey.

42% of those that have attended a domain conference said DOMAINfest is best. 39% said TRAFFIC was best.

Of the people who answered this question, more had attended a TRAFFIC conference than DOMAINfest. 67% of those that have attended a DOMAINfest show say it’s the best conference and 50% of those who have gone to TRAFFIC say TRAFFIC is best.

DOMAINfest just concluded its biggest show of the year — and perhaps the biggest domainer focused event ever with 700+ people — last month. The franchise will also hold a European show in Barcelona and one day events in New York and Las Vegas later this year.

TRAFFIC plans to hold just one conference in 2011.

Domain Roundtable came in a distant third place with 7% of the vote. After taking a year off, Domain Roundtable heads to the Bahamas in a couple weeks.

The niche GeoDomain Expo as well as Domainer Mardi Gras each received 5% of the vote. Domainer Mardi Gras is on hiatus this year.

You can see more survey results at domainnamewire.com/survey.


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Domain Name Wire’s DOMAINfest Recap

February 7, 2011DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, UncategorizedComments Off on Domain Name Wire’s DOMAINfest Recap

Recapping DOMAINfest 2011.

DOMAINfest Global 2011 attracted nearly 700 people affiliated with the domain name industry.

There was a lot of business and a lot of fun. Here’s my recap.

Monday

I arrived in Santa Monica Monday afternoon and traveled to the Fairmont. Shortly after arriving I headed over to lunch with a few domain investors. Then it was time to set up the BigJumbo exhibition booth.

Monday evening I attended the Southern California Domainers’ meetup held at the penthouse of Mike Mann’s new apartment.

Tuesday

Tuesday afternoon Oversee.net CEO Jeff Kupietzky delivered a “State of the Industry” presentation. Many of his 10 prophecies were bigger than the domain industry but could all shape it in the years to come.

His talk was immediately followed by the main event — Go Daddy founder Bob Parsons.

Parsons’ talk was well received by the crowd. His first few jokes fell flat, but then the standing-room only crowd started to warm up to his story of ups and downs. It was inspiring.


Getting to know the founder of Go Daddy.

After his talk I got to sit down with Parsons for a while. I’ve talked to him on the phone a couple times but it was nice to meet him in person. I tried to get the scoop on who the GoDaddy.co girl was, but he wasn’t about to spill the beans.

Speaking of .co, that evening .co hosted a Polynesian Paradise Party at the Fairmont’s pool. This was followed by two unofficial parties: one hosted by Demand Media at the Huntley across the street and one at Mike Mann’s apartment.

Wednesday

I had a busy day full of meetings before the Golden Era of Hollywood party at SkyBar sponsored by VeriSign. The party was fun and featured synchronized swimmers and a mermaid.


Sam Aidun on stage.

TrafficZ‘s Sam Aidun plays in a band called Foul Play, and the band happened to be playing Wednesday night just down the road from the Hollywood party. After the party about 40 domainers went to The Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard to see his band play.

I don’t know how to describe Aidun’s band. Humor rock?

In one cool party trick, Sam took the entire top off a beer can with his teeth. He also found a way to work “whois” and “domain transfer” into a song.

Like any good domainer, Aidun owns his band name FoulPlay.com.

TrafficZ co-founder Ammar Kubba has a new condo just down the road from The Viper Room. In an apparent bid to piss off his new neighbors, he decided to invite 40 rowdy people to the roof top deck after midnight.


Ammar’s spontaneous rooftop party.

Thursday

In the morning I caught a workshop titled “Tips and Strategies for Buying and Selling Domains” moderated by Oversee.net’s Lisa Box. That was followed by numerous meetings and then Moniker‘s live auction. No major domains sold during the auction, but that has been the reality of late. I’ll have more thoughts on this in a later post.

Then it was time to head the the Playboy Mansion. I have to admit that, after three years at this party, it’s getting a little old for me. It’s lost its edge. Perhaps I’m in a minority, and I’m certainly not complaining.

There was also an unfortunate incident on one of the buses on the way back to the hotel. Once I saw the aftermath of the scuffle I sobered up quickly. There were lots of after parties, but at that point I just wanted to crash.

Friday

After a long week of fun and business it was finally time to head home.

As a veteran DOMAINfest attendee, I urge you to not book an early morning flight after four days of DOMAINfest.


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