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April 25, 2008 Post

Here's the The Lowdown from DNJournal.com! Updated daily to fill you in on the latest buzz going around the domain name industry!

Compiled by Ron Jackson (Editor/Publisher)


This has been a very busy week, so apologies in advance for email and phone calls that have not yet been returned. I didn't get back from Domain Roundtable in San Francisco until Tuesday night, then spent Wednesday and part of Thursday getting our weekly domain sales report out. The past 24 hours have been spent clearing away some of the backlog that built up while I was away and starting work on our comprehensive Roundtable wrap up article that we 

expect to publish no later than Monday (my weekend will be spent writing it). I'm going to close the Lowdown week with a variety of items that have came in over the past few days that I haven't been able to get to before now. 

First, congratulations to Steve Morales and Skip Hogland from Simply Geo, LLC who just announced their acquisition of GeoDomain.com and GeoDomains.com. They released their plans for the domains on the SimplyGeo.com blog today. 

Despite that good news, Hoagland's day was marred when he learned that some con artist had placed his Atlanta.com up for auction at Sedo. Hoagland took quick action and had the auction deleted and the offender's account removed at Sedo. He also called on the auction house to more carefully vet the identities of those who sign up to bid on their platform. This is actually a problem across many of the auction venues. Deadbeat bidders and other miscreants slip through the door much too easily and face few if any consequences for their behavior. 


Skip Hoagland
Simply Geo, LLC

Skenzo.com announced a major executive appointment this week, naming software industry veteran Vaibhav Arya as their Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Arya was the Founder and CEO of a software development company that since 1999 had been building large-scale internet-based applications for various Fortune 100 companies. He has a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania (which earns him high marks from me - my daughter is currently a junior at Penn).

Skenzo Co-founder and CEO Divyank Turakhia said "Mr. Arya's appointment is in line with our aggressive plans to bring on board the smartest people in the industry. Vaibhav brings the experience and proven technical leadership that would allow Skenzo to continue being at the forefront of innovation.

Congratulations to Miami domainer Scott Ross's son Spencer, better known as Keith Bizz in the music business. The hot young producer recently finished a track, “The Things You Make Me Do”, that Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum R&B star Ashanti has selected as her next single and the featured track on her forthcoming CD, The Declaration, scheduled for release on June 3rd. This breakthrough moves Keith Bizz (in photo at right) into the upper echelon in the music production business.

Ed Russell at NameDrive.com clued me in on a casual meeting UK domainers have scheduled for Wednesday evening (April 30) in London. Popular UK forum Acorn Domains is helping stage the affair that is scheduled to get underway at 6pm London time at My Old Dutch in Holborn. There is a thread about the meet up on the forum for anyone who is interested in attending.

Keith Bizz hits the
big time

Disney World's Grand Floridian
host T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Orlando attendees

Organizers of next month's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference in Orlando sent out a note reminding those planning to attend the Disney World event May 20-24 that the special hotel rates at the Grand Floridian will end April 30. After that the rate jumps from $269 to $435 a night so book now before you forget. 

This is an entirely new setting for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and obviously a great location for bringing family members along. My daughter will be home from college so Diana and I are going to take her to her first T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference. Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu always stage a great show and we are really looking forward to this one.

One final note - congratulations to Robert Haastrup-Timmi on the founding of his new company, the Domain Advertising Agency. The company aims to bring advertisers and web publishers together on their new platform.

That's all for this week - hope you all have a great weekend!
(Posted April 25, 2008) 

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