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TRAFFIC sets dates for Las Vegas show

May 25, 2012Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, howard neu, rick schwartz, targeted trafficComments Off on TRAFFIC sets dates for Las Vegas show

It’s a year away, but dates are finalized.

For a while there were too many domainer-targeted domain conferences. Then the pendulum swung the other way.

TRAFFIC is adding an additional show in 2013, and today it announced the final dates. The show will begin Wednesday, May 29th in the evening. It will conclude with breakfast on Saturday, June 1 2013.

The event was originally planned to start earlier in the week, but organizers received concerns about its proximity to Memorial Day.

TRAFFIC Las Vegas will take place at the Bellagio.

Show organizers Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu also announced that they “expect to be there for both 2013 and 2014″ as well.


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Has Men.com Sold Again?

June 22, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, men.com, rick schwartzComments Off on Has Men.com Sold Again?

Curious changes at Men.com.

Has Men.com, which Rick Schwartz sold for seven figures nearly a decade ago, changed hands again?

That’s a rumor I’m chasing down. If you have any other information, please comment on it. [Update: I've confirmed the domain has sold. Men.com, LLC had two managing members left as of the company's latest annual report with Florida.]

Here’s the deal. In early April the administrative contact for the domain changed from Men.com, LLC to “Harris Cramer LLP Escrow agent”. Harris Cramer is a Florida law firm. Shortly thereafter the nameservers for the domain changed to Rackspace and the domain started forwarding to a male porn site.

Those are two common signs of a domain purchase.

Furthermore, an email I sent to the old administrative contact on the Men.com whois record bounced.

I’ve received a second hand report that the domain sold for another seven figure price tag.


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Rick and Howard Pulling Out All the Stops for TRAFFIC Miami

October 15, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, howard neu, rick schwartz, targeted trafficComments Off on Rick and Howard Pulling Out All the Stops for TRAFFIC Miami

Everything’s lined up for TRAFFIC Miami. It seems that it will deliver.

I’ve been a vocal critic of some of the TRAFFIC shows in recent years. They seemed to have gone a bit stale and attendance had dwindled.

That will not be the case with TRAFFIC Miami, which starts Sunday evening at the South Beach Loews. Perhaps Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu had something to prove. It doesn’t hurt that this is the only event they’re planning for this year (Rick Latona did the rest), so they have the time to focus on this event.

But it doesn’t really matter why this is shaping up to be a good event. The truth is Rick and Howard have booked some great speakers. How will Don King be as a speaker? I have no idea, but I still want to see it. Myself and the 300+ expected attendees.

Here are other things that should make this show interesting:

-Congressman Cliff Stearns, who is a member of the Telecommunications and Internet Sub-committee. Nice to have someone to hear the domain investor’s side of the story.

-New technology for networking

-Rob Monster’s successful swap event returns for an encore

If you’re going to TRAFFIC and want to start networking in advance, feel free to leave a comment.


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Rick Schwartz Awarded Epik Pioneer Award

September 16, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, rick schwartz, UncategorizedComments Off on Rick Schwartz Awarded Epik Pioneer Award

Epik gives first Pioneer Award to Rick Schwartz.

Epik just announced its first ever Domain Pioneer Award. And the winner is…Rick Schwartz. In a video shown at the Epik conference, several people congratulated Rick Schwartz:

Ari Goldberger – domain attorney

Warren Royal – showed off his Domain King bobblehead

Also Rob Grant, Mike Zappy Zappolin, Chuck Hatcher, Frank Schilling (sporting a new hairdo),
Dr. Chris Hartnett, David Castello, Michael Castello, David Carter, Monte Cahn, Grant Keiser, Aron Meystedt, Bruce Marler, Vern, Ron Jackson, Owen Frager, Mike Mann, Danny Pryor, Howard Neu, Mike Berkens (and Judi)

It’s a wonder how Epik was able to keep this award under wraps given the number of people who were interviewed in the video.


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5 Domain Industry Questions to Be Answered in Next 72 Hours

January 21, 2010Domain Services, Domaining, Domainnamewire, howard neu, rick latona, rick schwartz, targeted trafficComments Off on 5 Domain Industry Questions to Be Answered in Next 72 Hours

This week’s TRAFFIC event will answer some questions.

Well, I’m off to Vegas.

I’m excited to attend the updated T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference. But unlike Ron, I’m not stoked about having two conferences back-to-back. Perhaps it’s because I live in the middle of the country (not coming from the East coast) and have a small child.

Nonetheless, business is business. OK, and a bit of fun.

For the next 72 hours, it’s all about TRAFFIC. Here are five questions that will be answered before the weekend is up:

1. Is Latonas.com ready for prime time? Rick Latona is going with his new, custom-built platform for the online component of his domain auction. He had a test run with the WhyPark charity auction, but now it’s time to see if the online component integrates seamlessly with a live, offline auction. Here’s hoping it goes off without a hitch. Latonas.com is already open for pre-bidding.

2. What were the ten worst UDRPs of 2010? I will face off with a few other UDRP enthusiasts (that’s an oxymoron) on stage Friday to convince you of my choice.

3. Will a focus on networking pay off? Rick Latona’s team called 100 of their biggest customers to ask them why they come to domain conferences. The number one response was networking. So his team front loaded the event with networking sessions on the first day.

4. Will Rick Latona’s team rise to the challenge? This isn’t Latona’s first domain conference. He held a TRAFFIC conference on ccTLDs last year. But it is his first show since announcing a major licensing deal with TRAFFIC. Latona will tell you it’s not the Rick Latona show — it’s his team that’s working hard to put it together. He’s right. But he’s the front man, so all eyes will be on him.

5. How will Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu handle sitting on the sidelines? They might have too much time to relax. But I guess they got practice at TRAFFIC Down Under and TRAFFIC ccTLDs.


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