Day Photos and Highlights from the DOMAINfest Global
Conference in Santa Monica, California
opened with a record breaking crowd on hand at
the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica,
California Tuesday (Jan. 26). Show organizer Oversee.net
has not released the exact attendance figure yet as late
registrations were still coming in, but the wall
to wall crowds at every session confirmed their
announcement that they had already set a new high water
mark for the popular series.
showing part of the record-breaking crowd on hand for
of the 2010 DOMAINfest Global Conference Tuesday
morning (Jan. 26).
day began with Pitchfest, a contest in which four
companies presented on new approaches they are taking
toward improving domain monetization. The companies
included Verisign, Elephant Traffic, AdMarketplace
and Tempesta Media. A panel of four distinguished
judges then picked the winner of the trophy awarded to
the company they felt offered the best new solution
among thre presenters. That honor was excepted by Adam
Epstein who made the case for AdMarketplace.
to right in the photo above): Adam Epstein of
AdMarketplace who won Tuesday's
Pitchfest session, moderater Peter Celeste,
judges Frank Schilling (Name
Adam Rioux (Octane360), Eric Liaw (Crossover
Ventures) and Ron Sheridan (RSS.com).
Pitchfest session (replacing a previously announced
Launchfest contest) will feature four more companies on
After a lunch
break Oversee.net CEO and President Jeff
Kupietzky took the stage to deliver his welcoming
comments as well as a very interesting overview of the
current state of the domain industry. My Kupietzky
expanded on the show's theme: Domain Names:
Overlooked. Underutilized. Essential to Online Marketing
Success. Jeff covered a lot of ground that we
will go into more detail on in a comprehensive show
review article that we will be publishing after the
conference. The upshot of his remarks was that he
remains very bullish about the prospects of the
industry and his company in continue to make long term
investments aimed at strengthing their position in the
CEO and President Jeff Kupietzky delivering
opening day address at DOMAINfest Global Tuesday.
up was a panel discussion about the unlimited number of new
gTLDs that ICANN plans to begin rolling out
later this year. Though the exact timing has not yet
been set all of the panelists agree that the new TLDs
are coming and talked about how they might fit into
or affect current domain investment strategies.
gTLD panelists (left to right in the photo above):
Moderator Mason Cole (Oversee.net),
Kurt Pritz (ICANN), Ken Hansen (Neustar)
and Jon Nevett (Domain Dimensions, LLC).
business day concluded with Moniker's
No and Low Reserve Live Domain Auction - an event
that set a new sales record ($150,950) for this
opening day short list "appetizer" auction
that sets the stage for the main auction event coming up
Thursday afternoon from 2:00-6:00pm (U.S. Pacific
time). The top sellers were FamilyCounselor.com
and Love.info at $12,000 apiece, Pucks.com
at $11,000 and Taskmaster.com at $10,000.
Wayne Wheat runs Moniker's No and Low Reserve
Domain Auction Tuesday
at DOMAINfest Global. He will be back to conduct
Thursday's Premium Live Auction.
the day's business out of the way it was time to party
and the .CO
Registry made that possible by hosting a colorful
cocktail party and dinner at the Fairmont Miramar last
night, complete with a Samba dance troupe and an
irresistible beat that brought everyone to their
music and dancers lit up last night's
.CO Registry Party
at the Fairmont Miramar.
2 today will be another busy day at DOMAINfest
Global. As I write this it has just gotten underway with
a pair of structured networking sessions. Zappos.com
CEO Tony Hsieh's Keynote Address will follow. A
pair of afternoon panel discussions will close out the
business day, then attendees will be bussed to the
Center for a networking dinner party
tonight. I'll have photos and highlights from Day 2 for
you in this column tomorrow.