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Today in The Lowdown: Domain brokerage and consulting firm Igloo.com has acquired online domain sales platform Aftermarket.com from Thought Convergence, Inc. Plus, befitting its status as the new gTLD representing the Entertainment Capital of the World, .VEGAS had a very splashy General Availability debut this week in Las Vegas. 

 


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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
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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
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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

The Domain World's Leading Diplomat: How Jothan Frakes Has Broken Down Barriers and Brought People Together 

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

If the domain industry was the United Nations (and as a global business it does have some similarities), then Jothan Frakes would be the obvious choice for Secretary-General. There are very few people who have as much experience and as many contacts as Frakes does across all sectors of this industry. He is well-known and respected in the domain investment arena, the service provider community and in ICANN circles after years of being deeply involved in all three. 

The third leg of that stool is what makes Jothan especially well-suited to bridge the gaps between them. While domain owners and service providers know each other well and interact on a regular basis, there has always been some tension and even downright distrust between ICANN and domain investors whose objectives don't always mesh. Having spent so much time on both sides of the divide, Frakes has worked hard to create more harmony, or at least a better understanding between two communities that have often found themselves at odds. But his efforts don't stop there. He has used his unique skill set to bring people together wherever he goes.    Full Story Here

Jothan Frakes



CitiesPlanet Launches Fundable.com Campaign to Realize the Pioneering Development Platform's Game Changing Plan for GeoDomains

By Ron Jackson

Last year we told you about CitiesPlanet's new partnership with Tallwave, a venture company that also made a substantial cash investment in the geodomain development platform created by Scottsdale.com's Fred Mercaldo (Fred was also profiled in our March 2013 Cover Story).

CitiesPlanet aggregates over 100 City.com brands under one umbrella and Mercaldo is intent on growing the company into a new media powerhouse. Toward that end Mercaldo and his partners are entering a third round of funding (one they expect to be the final round) and they are doing it in a thoroughly modern way, having engaged business crowd funding firm Fundable.com to help CitiesPlanet reach its goal of raising $500,000 in exchange for 25% equity in the company. 

Full Story Here
 

 



That's a Wrap! Wall to Wall Photos & Highlights from DomainFest 2014 in Hollywood

By Corinne Forti

The 2014 DomainFest conference wrapped up its three-day run at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California April 2, 2014. This year's event marked a return to Tinseltown where it ran from 2007-2009 before moving out to the beach for a four-year run in Santa Monica. In another move aimed at keeping things fresh, DomainFest also hopped from its usual mid-winter spot on the calendar to its first foray in spring.

The agenda also had a different look with new gTLDs getting a bigger place in the spotlight now that they have begun arriving en masse. One thing remained the same though - the great networking opportunities that attendees consistently name as the most important reason they go to industry conferences. If something unique is thrown into the social mix, like this year's private concert by Stone Temple Pilots, so much the better! 

Full Story Here 

 


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