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Photos & Highlights From the First DNSeattle Domain Investors & Entrepreneurs Meetup Held on Top of the Seattle Space Needle

DNSeattle, a new meetup for Seattle area domain investors and entrepreneurs, was held for the first time Thursday night (January 30, 2014) with a sellout crowd on hand for the first event held in a meeting room atop Seattle's iconic Space Needle.

DNSeattle was the brainchild of DomainSherpa's Michael Cyger, who lives on Bainbridge Island, directly across Puget Sound from Seattle. Michael, who is a regular attendee (and often a speaker or moderator) at the major domain conferences, T.R.A.F.F.I.C., Domainfest and NamesCon, decided it was high time that the tech mecca of Seattle join places like Los Angeles and South Florida that have active local domain meetups. 

Many of the industry's leading companies are based in or have offices in the Seattle area and they quickly got behind the idea through sponsorships or staff members snapping up the 65 tickets available for the debut event. Tickets (which cost just $15) had to be limited to the amount of space available atop the Needle. Though the location may have capped ticket sales the world famous symbol of Seattle was the ideal spot for making a big splash in DNSeattle's first time out of the gate.

DNSeattle Founder Michael Cyger welcoming 
attendees to the 1st meetup Jan. 30, 2014.
 

A view of the Seattle skyline snapped from the Space Needle during the first DNSeattle meeting Thursday night (Jan. 30, 2014). This photo, and all of the others in this article, are copyright and courtesy of  Steve Stolee (sstolee@qwest.net).

Three members of the DNSeattle organizing team make sure all of the attendee names tags are ready for pickup. They are Wendie McDonald (at left) from BainbridgeIsland.com (owned by Michael and Erin Cyger), Michael Cyger (center) of DomainSherpa.com and Erin Cyger of DomainSherpa.com and BainbridgeIsland.com).

As soon as they had their nametags, attendees grabbed a drink, filled their 
plate from the well stocked buffet line and began networking. 

DNSeattle sponsors also made sure there was some cool swag to take home including DomainTools.com flasks, DomainSponsor beanies and Estibot gift certificates. Door prizes were also given away and Kenneth Tomkins went home with the Grand Prize - a brand new iPad Air donated by Estibot.com's Luc Lezon.

Above and below: Shots of the audience on hand for the first DNSeattle meetup. While most were from the Seattle area others came from as far away as Toronto, Idaho, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Some of the familiar faces seated near the front were (left to right at the lower left side of the photo) Donuts Co-Founder Paul Stahura, Jay Mohanraj (who flew in from Edmonton) and Andrea Logan (who drove up from Oregon) - and, in the lower right side of the photo, Bart Stone, David Schanen and Lisa Kandalaft.

Luke Webster of The Shave Network (delivering his keynote speech. Webster runs the  VintageStraightRazor.com website and is the owner of hundreds of other razor domain names including StraightRazor.com and StraightRazors.com. The audio from his talk was recorded and will be rebroadcast on DomainSherpa soon.

(L to R) Michael Cyger, DNSeattle Co-Organizer Tamara Pawlak and Oversee.net Senior VP Dwayne Walker who fielded questions from the audience during his State of the Industry update.

Michael Cyger (whose DomainSherpa.com covered the events organization and incidental costs) cited  the generous sponsorship of DomainSponsor (lead sponsor) and Donuts (supporting sponsor) for helping insure the success of an event that is donating all the money raised by individual attendees to the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. "Cancer is a terrible disease that touches every family in America, and I was grateful that we could come together as a community to support research for a cure," Cyger said.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming DNSeattle events, you can sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of DNSeattle.com's home page. If you need a little extra incentive to sign up, there's a rumor that an Argosy Cruise may be part of the next DNSeattle event!

(Posted February 2, 2014)  


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