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Crazy for Keynotes! Next Week's Inaugural NamesCon Conference in Las Vegas Will Feature Five Keynote Speakers

The countdown to the first ever NamesCon conference continues. The new domain show officially opens at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas one week from tonight (Monday, January 13, 2014) with the .XYZ Opening Night Cocktail Party.

NamesCon Founder Richard Lau and a team captained by industry veterans Jothan Frakes and Jodi Chamberlain has done a remarkable job in putting together what has become a major production, even though the event was announced just 10 weeks ago. Lau said a sellout crowd of over 450 people has registered for the event that will run January 13-15 (you can read our NamesCon Preview interview with Lau here).


Author and Eexecutive Jennifer Wolfe 
will be the first of five keynote speakers 
to take the stage at NamesCon next week.

The big crowd will be treated to a big agenda that features dozens of sessions that will play out on three simultaneous tracks. NamesCon will also have not one, not two (or even three or four) but five keynote speakers. The first of those to appear will be author and executive Jennifer Wolfe who will speak Tuesday morning (Jan. 14) at 10:10am to kick off the first full day of business. Wolfe’s most recent book, Domain Names Rewired, predicts trends in the next generation of the internet. She also co-authored Brand Rewired, on innovation, branding and intellectual property strategy in 2010, which was widely recognized as visionary thinking by global brand executives. 

Right after Ms. Wolfe's keynote, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will take the stage to welcome NamesCon attendees to the city. Bill Arent, the  Director of Economic and Urban Development for Las Vegas, will also speak.

The second keynote address Tuesday at 4:50pm will be delivered by legendary domain investor and Uniregistry Founder Frank Schilling. If there is anyone in this business who truly needs no introduction it is Frank (who was profiled in two DN Journal Cover Stories - one in December 2007 and another, covering ensuing career developments, in November 2012).

Three more keynote speakers will highlight the closing day of business Wednesday, May 15 starting with Jodee Rich, CEO of PeopleBrowsr, dotCEO, dotBEST and dotKRED, at 9:55am. A guy who is known far and wide on the web, ShoeMoney blogger Jeremy Schoemaker, will follow at 10:15am. The fifth and final keynote will also be the final business event at NamesCon. That comes at 4:50pm Wednesday when Duane Forrester, the Senior Product Manager for Microsoft's Bing search engine, will close things out with a highly anticipated talk. 

The keynote addresses are just part of the NamesCon picture. There will also be a variety of networking and social events, highlighted by the big Water Night charity gala Tuesday night, Jan. 14. 

Duane Forrester
Senior Product Manager, Bing

I will, of course, be in Las Vegas to cover everything wire to wire for you in this column. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a big year for domains and NamesCon promises to get things started with a bang.

(Posted January 6, 2014)

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