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Today in The Lowdown: The domain industry in China has seen a surge in growth that has set the stage for two major conferences that will be held there this summer, starting  with one next month in Hangzhou.

Also inside: Short .coms dominated our latest weekly domain sales chart. Only four of the 20 entries were longer than four characters.

 


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The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf

The Amazing Adventures of Angie Graves: How the Writing, Rocking, Web Wizard Became a Domain Industry Pioneer

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Some of you may already already know WEB Group Inc. Co-Founder Angie Graves or maybe you've seen her speak at a domain conference, but there's a lot about the soft spoken industry pioneer from South Carolina that you probably didn't know (and, since Angie is not one to talk about herself, neither would we if a mutual friend had not shared a few irresistible tidbits that made us want to see and share the complete picture). 

For starters, she has worked for some of the world's biggest stars in music, including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Whitney Houston and many more - she even spent five months on tour with Genesis!

Once Angie discovered domains she wound up being the original registrant of names like Champion.com, MyrtleBeach.com and even Coca-Cola.com! She also became a tech wizard as well and as her skills blossomed she found herself running in the same circles as some of America's Internet pioneers. Many of of the world's  biggest corporations have called on her for help, including Home Depot, AT&T and IBM, to name just a few. Even more impressive than that (at least to us) she was once a journalistRead Her Fascinating Full Story Here

Angie Graves
Co-Founder/Manager of Projects/Programs
WEB Group Inc. 



After €400,000 Purchase of Viajes.com Amado Martin Benitez Aims to Become a Major Travel Industry Player With Newly Launched Site

By Ron Jackson

You may not have heard of Barcelona, Spain based domain investor/developer Amado Martin Benitez before, but don't be surprised if you start seeing the 33-year-old entrepreneur's name everywhere in the near future. In 2012 Benitez managed to acquire one of the world's best Spanish language domain names - Viajes.com ("Travel" in Spanish) for €400,000. After more than two years of painstaking development work, Benitez's company has launched a new site on the premier domain that he is confident will make him a power in the huge travel markets serving Spain and Latin America.

Benitez said acquiring Viajes.com involved some of the hardest negotiating he has ever been involved with because the seller, legendary South American domain investor Chris Chena, is a guy who is fully aware of what great Spanish keyword domains are worth. Benitez recalled, "Chris had just sold Juegos.com to Spill Games for $10 million. I was trying to negotiate the price of Viajes.com with him for at least a year and a half... but then the global economic crisis hit and we were able to work things out – plus, I’ve always been a saver and I had some cash to spend!," Benitez laughed.     Full Story Here 

 

Amado Martin Benitez
Viajes.com Founder


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Huge Boost for GeoDomains: Business Star Tom Henderson Teams Up with Fred Mercaldo to Form City Brand Media

By Ron Jackson

Last summer we told you about a funding campaign that the unique geodomain development platform CitiesPlanet was undertaking in an effort to establish the company as the global standard for .com city geodomain owners seeking to maximize the value of their assets. We can now tell you that company founder Fred Mercaldo (who operates a successful city domain of his own at Scottsdale.com) has not only succeeded in getting the investment he was seeking - a new opportunity opened that produced far more financial support than he was looking for! Better yet he attracted a team of world class partners to help the company's more than 100 "City.com" clients reach their full potential.

Mercaldo, who was profiled in the March 2013 DN Journal Cover Story, told us, "CitiesPlanet has finalized negotiations with Tom Henderson and his San Francisco Regional Center group, resulting in a new corporation being formed: City Brand Media, LLC. I am ecstatic to finally have the partnership in place that will really be a game changer in the City.com space. Tom and his group have both the vision and the resources to properly support our efforts to develop, manage and increase the value of each City.com property in our portfolio.”

Full Story Here 

 



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