Global Conference got underway
Tuesday at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood,
California. The event began with an afternoon
"boot camp" for industry newcomers. That
consisted of four sessions devoted to domain business
fundamentals. I had an opportunity to participate
in the day's closing discussion on "The Art of
Buying and Selling Domains." A photo from that
session is below.
Global Boot Camp session on "The Art of Buying
and Selling Domains"
(Left to Right) Moderator Chris Sivertsen (Oversee.net),
(Lease Domains), Lance Wolak (.Org Public
Interest Registry), Ron Jackson
(DN Journal), Monte Cahn (Moniker) and Kathy
after the boot camp sessions, Moniker.com staged
a no/low reserve live domain auction that yield just
over $128,000 in total sales. That event
was an appetizer for their main live auction coming up
tomorrow afternoon starting at 1:30pm (U.S. Pacific
time). The top seller's in last night's auction were Eat.net
($15,000), SpearGuns.com ($14,000) and SanFranciscoRestaurant.com
($7,500). Bikes.net and Consultations.com
added $7,000 each. Michael Berkens has a
complete list of high bids of his blog.
60% of the listed domains were sold.
after the auction, attendees headed for an opening night
cocktail party at the hotel's Twist Lounge.
from last night's low/no reserve
live auction at DOMAINfest Global
For many the
night continued from there with private outings around Los
Angeles. While one group headed to a Lakers game,
Thought Convergence (parent company of TrafficZ,
Aftermarket.com and DomainTools.com) treated
another to a private show at L.A.'s famed Magic Castle
- the mecca for professional magicians. We'll have more on
that in our comprehensive conference review article that
will be published late next week.
schedule is underway as I write this with an opening
discussion titled "Domaining 2.0: What Does the Next
Evolutionary Phase of the Industry Look Like" now in
progress. I'll have highlights from today's events,
including an evening outing to Universal Studios in this
column Thursday morning.