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Frank Schilling applies for 54 new TLDs, Juan Calle also in the mix

June 12, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, Frank Schilling, juan diego calle, new tlds, UncategorizedComments Off on Frank Schilling applies for 54 new TLDs, Juan Calle also in the mix

Schilling applies for 54 domains, reports Paul Sloan.

CNET’s Paul Sloan, who has been covering the domain name industry for many years, just wrote a piece on new top level domains that teases out more details behind Frank Schilling’s plans for new TLDs.

Sloan reports that uber domainer Frank Schilling is applying for 54 top level domains through his registry Uniregistry. He’s invested $60 million of his own money for the venture.

(Schilling told me a month ago “I wouldn’t expect anything earth shattering”. His definition is different from mine.)

Sloan also writes that Juan Diego Calle, founder of .co internet, is applying for 13 new top level domains through the same investment company that backed .co internet.

Calle certainly has the hands on experience over the past few years to know what it takes to get a TLD off the ground. I appreciate this quote from Calle:

“Many of the companies involved in this are simply hoping that Go Daddy will add their TLD into its store and they’ll sell millions the next day. That’s what they are betting on, but it won’t be the case.”

Indeed, if applicants have these kinds of numbers baked into their assumptions, they’re in for a rude awakening. .Co and .me have been marketed very heavily over the past few years, especially by Go Daddy. .Co has in the neighborhood of 1.3 million registrations at last check; .me is in the neighborhood of 600,000 or so.


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.Co’s Juan Diego Calle responds to anti-domainer allegations

May 10, 2012.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, juan diego calle, leweb, loic le meur, UncategorizedComments Off on .Co’s Juan Diego Calle responds to anti-domainer allegations

.Co founder explains his opinion on domainers and cybersquatters.

There was a bit of a blogstorm earlier today about the video of Juan Deigo Calle and Loic Le Meur, founder of the LeWeb conference announcing LeWeb was changing its domain to LeWeb.co.

There are two people in the video, and both have differing viewpoints on some issues. But because this wasn’t an interview on Fox, they weren’t debating.

I still don’t see the big uproar over what Calle said. He basically said they don’t want every .co domain to be purchased by domain investors (let alone a cybersquatters), because then .co wouldn’t take off. (See .eu.)

But some people have viewed the video differently than I did.

On the other hand, I’m not a fan of Le Meur’s handling of LeWeb.com. As I wrote about earlier this year, he tried to grab the domain LeWeb.com through a UDRP. LeWeb.com was registered before his business started. That’s not cool.

Calle has responded to the allegations that he’s anti-domainer by pointing out he’s a domainer himself. He doesn’t want cybersquatters on .co. He goes even further by saying he doesn’t want “mass speculators”. That’s smart, whether or not you want to hear it.

(Oh, and by the way…when you get outside the domain bubble, you will find that most people hate us. Le Meur’s attitude, even though it’s wrong, is typical.)


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.nxt – Like an ICANN Meeting With a Pulse

February 14, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, juan diego calle, kieren mccarthy, kurt pritz, new tlds, UncategorizedComments Off on .nxt – Like an ICANN Meeting With a Pulse

by Kevin Murphy

The inaugural .nxt conference on new top-level domains wound up in San Francisco Thursday, with most participants seeming to agree that it was a success.

The two-day meeting attracted 196 sign-ups (about 20 of whom apparently paid but did not ultimately show up to collect their badges) and almost 20 sponsors, not a bad showing for a first-of-its-kind event.

The purpose of the conference was to provide a venue to discuss the business of new TLDs without getting mired in the endless, circular policy arguments that can plague ICANN’s meetings.

In that regard, it could be considered a success. Sessions on marketing, partnering, winning investment and creating new business models were lively and frequently entertaining.

My feeling following the first few sessions was that .nxt was like an ICANN meeting with a pulse. Panels were highly interactive, occasionally confrontational, and rarely dull.

Organizer Kieren McCarthy told me his intention was to create the kind of domain conference he’d want to attend, which may go some way to explain the generous coffee breaks and abundance of free candy.

But his goal to attract the wider business community rather than merely the usual “ICANN insiders”, did not appear entirely successful. Over the course of ten panels, most people I saw raise their hand to ask a question or make a comment were familiar faces to me.

But this may be due to the level of secrecy (and paranoia?) shrouding many TLD application strategies. Of the “outsiders” apparently at .nxt to to gather intelligence for TLD bids, some declined to identify their employer or even their industry.

The opening keynote speech was provided by Kurt Pritz, the ICANN senior vice president responsible for overseeing the creation of new TLDs policy.

Despite standing in for ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom, who inexplicably canceled at the last minute, Pritz’s speech was entertaining and contained just enough passion and information to provide attendees with encouragement that the launch of the new TLD program is on the not-too-distant horizon.

Many .nxt attendees now believe that ICANN will launch the program not too long after its meeting in March, which is also in San Francisco. That timetables would see ICANN start accepting applications probably no later than September.

Juan Diego Calle, CEO of .CO Internet, provided a bit more bang for the buck. His second-day keynote, which played to a packed room, was a surprisingly detailed and informative account of the launch of .co last year, widely regarded as the current gold standard for TLD launches.

Calle said he didn’t mind sharing .CO’s strategy with potential competitors because he believes that the introduction of new TLDs are crucial for the continued growth of the .co namespace.

He said: “Until ICANN creates a massive influx of new TLDs, disruptive TLDs… consumers in the grand scheme of things will never know that anything other than .com is possible. .CO cannot raise awareness alone.”


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