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Today in The Lowdown: A little over a year ago domain authorities in Finland lifted restrictions on the .fi ccTLD, making the extension open to all. Registrations surged and a new aftermarket has now opened.

Also inside: After getting off to a good start in the opening week of 2018 the domain aftermarket's 2nd week was even better, headlined by a trio of 6-figure sales totaling over half a million dollars.

 


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The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf

Never Give Up! How Tough Times Turned George Verdugo Into a Successful Entrepreneur

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

The holiday season and the arrival of a New Year are a source of inspiration and hope for people around the world. Every year brings another opportunity to start fresh and go forward, convinced that anything is possible. Some people need more convincing than others, so we thought this would be the perfect time to tell you about a man in our industry whose life proves that old adage is true.

Circumstances required that George Verdugo become an entrepreneur when he was still just a kid growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles. The lessons he learned along the way would eventually lead him to a new life in Kansas City, where he lives today, and new heights in business that he never could have imagined thanks to his insightful use of domain names and the Internet to power his various enterprises.

Full Story Here

George Verdugo



NamesCon 2018 Preview:  How the New Owners Are Revamping the Big Event in Las Vegas

By Ron Jackson

For the 5th consecutive year,  the NamesCon Global conference (that will run January 28-31, 2018 in Las Vegas) will usher in a new year for hundreds of domain industry professionals from around the world. Attendees will see some new twists this time around the track as the upcoming show will be the first to be fully operated by its new owners, Cloudfest (formerly known as World Hosting Days). We got together with Cloudfest/NamesCon President Soeren von Varchmin to get the details on what you can expect when the curtain goes up at the Tropicana Hotel.  

Soeren told us, "2018 is about showcasing an experience that felt different yet wholly familiar. Understanding that networking is a prime objective of our guests, we have scaled back our agenda to provide more opportunity for guests to meet, mingle and make important connections." We have the details on the show's new look that you won't want to miss. 
Full Story Here
 



Lumis.com Co-Founders Show the Domain World is Still a Land of Opportunity

By Ron Jackson

The domain industry has always been one of constant change. So much so that opportunities come and go, often it seems, in the blink of an eye.  Some think the heyday of the entire business has come and gone but newcomers are continually proving there is still plenty of opportunity out there, but it isn't necessarily located where it used to be. 

For most of our readers the business has been all about buying and reselling or monetizing domains from their own portfolio, but that very highly competitive space isn't the only way to fly. Lumis.com, a successful new domain brokerage and digital asset consulting company, is a case in point. 

Lumis was founded just last year by three guys who all entered the domain business less than three years ago. One of them has already helped complete a $2 million domain sale (Freedom.com - the second biggest sale of the year to date). 
Full Story Here
 



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