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The Domain Industry Loses a Giant - Legendary Investor/Entrepreneur Igal Lichtman Leaves Us After a Life Exceptionally Well Lived

This is the hardest article I've ever had to write. When I got a text message a little before 6:30pm last night that said “Sorry to share that after a long bout with cancer my beloved husband, Igal, passed away peacefully this afternoon...Please let everyone know. Much Love.” I only knew one Igal, and I refused to believe that irreplaceable industry treasure, devoted family man and friend was gone. It must have been a message about another Igal that was meant for someone else. 

Sadly it was not. I sent and received several messages throughout the evening as I sought further confirmation and by this morning there was no longer any denying what my head and heart did not want to accept. Now my thoughts are with Igal's loved ones - his wife and six children - and the countless friends and colleagues he had such a huge impact on. Those who can get there in person  will say 

Igal Lichtman

goodbye to him today (Tuesday, February 19, 2013) at 12 Noon when services are held at Bernheim Apter Kreitan, 68 Old Short Hills Rd in Livingston, New Jersey.

My memories of Igal will be such good ones. Exactly 10 years ago this month, when I sat down to write DN Journal's first Cover Story ever I wrote about Igal Lichtman. After selling his former company, Magic Solutions, to Network Associates for $110 million, the former Israeli Air Force officer had entered he domain business and created an innovative new domain monetization company called DomainSpa.com. Igal was always a leader and an innovator. One year ago I found myself writing a second Cover Story about Igal and his latest creation - TrafficMedia - and the ground breaking virtual reality tour work he had unveiled on one of his most popular sites - Jerusalem.com.

In the course of doing that story I spent a lot of time on the phone with Igal last year. Though, unknown to me, he was battling an illness that would take him away within a year, he never sounded more energetic and excited than he was in those talks. There was no hint that he wasn't feeling well, and I don't think he ever would have said so anyhow. He wasn't that kind of man. He loved getting things done and had no time for negativity or letting whatever obstacles might be in his way slow him down. That is why he was able to accomplish so much is so short a time.

In the years between those two stories, Igal also amassed a terrific domain portfolio, buying and selling names under a pseudonym - Mrs. Jello - that puzzled many people. For those who knew him and what was more important to him than anything else in life - there was no mystery in that name at all. Each of the first seven letters was a first initial representing his wife and children, with the O added as an exclamation point at the end.

Despite the tremendous success that he had already had, Igal spent a good deal of time among industry newcomers that came to  DNForum.com to learn more about the domain business. He was always generous with his advice and encouragement and he was honest to a fault. That's why other old friends, like Theo Develegas, and newer ones like Raymond Hackney, are also writing such glowing things about him today. While we won't see Igal again on this plane, his memory and positive influence will live on in all who knew him until the day we follow him to the next plateau. That's Igal - leading the way just as he did throughout a life that was exceptionally well lived

(Posted February 19, 2013)


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