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With Back to Back Domain Conferences Coming Up the Mad Scramble to Beat the Clock Before Take Off is Underway

On Wednesday I'll be flying out to Las Vegas for the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference that gets underway at the Hard Rock Hotel Thursday where it will continue through Saturday (Jan. 23). Instead of coming home after it's over, I'll make the short hop over to Los Angeles for the DOMAINfest Global conference that runs Jan. 26-28 at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica

I am very much looking forward to these events and, with both of them on the West Coast, I am happy to have them running back to back so I can take in both of these key events in a single trip across the country from our home base in Florida. The only problem is that going away for 10 days means I have to complete all of the work I would normally do in the final third of the month before I go. That has set off a mad scramble to beat the clock before Wednesday and I'm sure those of you who are going to be at both shows can also identify with that.


I wrapped up one major project today when I completed our 6th annual January State of the Industry Cover Story. As our biggest story of the year, this is always a huge undertaking but it is also very rewarding to be able to pick the brains of some of the industry's leading domain investors and developers, top level company executives, monetization experts and attorneys so we can share their insight and expertise with you. We had them comment on what they considered to be the most important events and trends of the past year and then to predict what is ahead of us in 2010. I hope you enjoy it and that you will pick up a lot of useful information that will help you and your business thrive this year.

One of the biggest things complicating this late January getaway is that quarterly and some annual tax tasks also have to be done before I go. With less than 48 hours left to get those and a number of other chores done before take off, I'm sure I'll by hacking away at the pile right to the minute it is time to head for the airport. The good thing is that I know from past experience that burning the midnight oil now so that I can spend time around so many great people at the conferences will be well worth it. I have been going to the major shows ever since they started with T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s debut event in October 2004 and I haven't been disappointed yet. Looking forward to seeing many of you in Las Vegas, Los Angeles or both.

Adam Dicker

While I worked through the weekend getting some of the major projects done, some other news items crossed my desk that I didn't get a chance to pass along before now. For one, DNForum owner Adam Dicker (who was profiled in our March 2005 Cover Story) announced to forum members the he had left his "day job" as a Vice President at GoDaddy. Dicker said he left after two years so he could spend more time on his other projects which include the popular forum. 

Also, two fellow Floridians, Bido.com co-founder Sahar Sarid and his right hand man, Jarred Cohen, announced they are pulling up stakes and moving themselves and the company to San Francisco. We certainly wish them the best in their new location.

One other note today -  Latonas.com has released the final catalog for their big auction at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas Friday. They have an excellent lineup that will include AEIOU.com, the domain name that T.R.A.F.F.I.C. organizer Rick Latona used for the mini-site service he decided shut down late last year.

(Posted Jan. 18, 2010)

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