Roundtable conference on the
east coast. The event was started by Name Intelligence
(the parent company of DomainTools.com) in 2005 and
the first three annual shows were held in the Seattle
area where Name Intelligence in based. This year the
conference moved down the coast to San
Francisco where the event was held this past
Soon after that show it was
announced that Thought Convergence, the parent
company of TrafficZ.com, had purchased Name
Intelligence. That put Thought Convergence in the
conference business and the
2009 event in the nation's capital will be the first
Roundtable staged under their banner (TrafficZ is also the
lead sponsor of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference and
they plan to continue supporting that event as well).
Though the dates are now posted at DomainRoundtable.com,
the site will not open for show registration until
approximately September 1.
Taking the conference to
Washington D.C. is a smart move in my opinion. In addition
to being a great city with unique attractions, Washington
will play an increasingly important role in the future of
the domain industry. Congress will consider bills (like
this year's ill advised Snowe Bill) that could
greatly impact the business, the Internet
Commerce Association is based there (which
helped them effectively combat the Snowe Bill) and the Department
of Commerce, who oversees ICANN, is also
located in D.C.
By holding the Roundtable
conference in Washington domain owners will be given an opportunity
to be seen and heard by key decision makers and counter a
lot of misinformation that industry opponents have spread
among important players there. It is going to be an
important event, so mark your calendars now.
In another show note Fabulous.com
who are joining forces to stage the T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Down Under conference in November,
announced that all profits from attendees and event
sponsorships will be donated to the Internet
Commerce Association (ICA), the non-profit
advocate for the domain name industry. T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Down Under will be held November 18-20 at the
Sheraton Mirage Resort on Australia's
famous Gold Coast.
joint press release from the show organizers
and the ICA said "The ICA is a grass roots
organization which has been formed to ensure domain
services and owners are robustly represented in
areas of great risk and importance to the global
domain community. The ICA utilizes dues and
contributions to enable activities related to
legislative lobbying, regulatory representation,
industry public relations, legal test case support,
industry publication of statistics and reports,
revenue research, and market intelligence. In order
for the association to continue
expand its activities, it requires the support and
participation from current members, and also from
the entire professional domain name community."
Chief Strategy Officer Dan Warner said,
“This is a fantastic opportunity to support
the ICA while networking with prominent
domainers and industry leaders. We have
planned an event where delegates will work and
play hard in an environment like no
Executive Director Michael Collins
added, “We greatly appreciate T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Down Under’s contribution to the
association, and we hope the community will
follow suit and support ICA by attending the
event in November.”