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Senior VP Pete Lamson Has Left NameMedia Where He Ran Two of the Domain Industry's Biggest Sales Platforms; the AfternicDLS and BuyDomains

Pete Lamson, a Senior VP at NameMedia who also served as the General Manager of their Domain Marketplace (including two of the industry's most successful sales platforms, the AfternicDLS and BuyDomains), has left the company on good terms. I came to regard Pete 

very highly since meeting him for the first time nearly four years ago at the 2006 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Silicon Valley conference. From the start, the Harvard Business School graduate encouraged the industry to adopt more professional standards to improve its standing in the general business world. 

Lamson also consistently worked to expand aftermarket sales opportunities for domain owners. Through the development of NameMedia's expanded promotion platform, he played a key role in making  small to medium sized business (SMB) owners around the world aware of the high value proposition represented by good domain names. That process involved heavy ad spending in general interest business publications aimed at the SMB market. 

Before Lamson's arrival at NameMedia the company did not share BuyDomains sales data. However, Pete quickly saw that doing so would bring more transparency to the market and  

Pete Lamson
Former Name Media Senior VP and 
 Domain Marketplace General Manager

help foster additional sales by allowing buyers to make more informed purchase decisions. He agreed to start sending me their sales results each week and those have become a key component of the weekly report we publish to give buyers and sellers around the world insight into current prices and trends in the domain aftermarket. 

I reached Lamson by phone this morning and he said he thoroughly enjoyed his four-year run at NameMedia and had the utmost respect for his colleagues there. Lamson said, "I'm very proud of what our team accomplished and also proud of what NameMedia as well as other companies and individuals did collectively to try to move the industry forward. There is still a long way to go but we have also come a long way in recent years." Lamson said he doesn't plan to begin his "next adventure" until the just the right opportunity comes along. He will be able to draw on an impressive history of successful executive business experience when he returns to the playing field. 

I am hopeful that next opportunity keeps Pete in the domain industry, but if it doesn't we wish him the best in whatever lies ahead and thank him for the many contributions he has already made to our space.

(Posted Nov. 13, 2009)


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