and Highlights from Day Two (Friday) at the 2010
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas Conference
second day of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference
got underway at 10:30am Friday (Jan. 22) with a packed
brunch sponsored by international tax planning and
consulting firm Rowbothan
& Company. Once everyone was suitably
fueled with coffee and good food it was on to the day's
opening business session - a lively discussion of ICANN's
plans to roll out an unlimited number of new
gGTLDs. The panelists (left to right in the photo
below) were Gregg McNair (PPX International), Tina
Dam (ICANN) and Joe Alagna (CentralNic).
people in the domain industry are pretty much on the
same page, but the introduction of unlimited new gTLDs
at once is a topic that has people who agree on most
things lining up on opposite sides of this issue.
McNair voiced the opinion of those who, based on the
poor performance of many previous new TLD releases,
don't believe there is any need for more. Alagna, whose
company will offer backend services for new registry
operators, said the time to debate whether its a good
idea or not is over because the decision has already
been made. He believes that people should instead focus
on the new business opportunities new gTLDs could
Dam, who has always represented ICANN well (and
who celebrated a birthday at her first T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
conference appearance Thursday), explained how the
decision to release new gTLDs was reached, saying that
it was in response to requests from the Internet
communty. I'll have more about the specific comments
each panelist made during this (and the other business
sessions) in a comprehensive conference review article
we will be publishing after the show.
Friday's second business session, a panel that included
(left to right
in the photo above) attorney Zak Muscovitch,
Andrew Allemann (DomainNameWire.com), Michael
Berkens (TheDomains.com), attorney Howard Neu
and attorney Eli Pearlman discussed some of the worst
UDRP cases sent to arbitration panels in recent
months. Each reviewed a case they thought was the most
baseless brought against a domain owner and the audience
then picked the worst of the worst - one
and LomaLinda.org that was nominated by Muscovitch. You can learn more
about some of these unconscionable cases here: UDRPWallofShame.com.
3pm keynote speaker Joseph
McClendon III (above),
a highly regarded peak performance coach, addressed
attendees in a session about overcoming self-imposed obstacles
to success. Registrants became active participants in
the event as McClendon led them through an exercise that
involved repeatedly jumping up and down from their chairs and
screaming at the top of their lungs! It was actually
quite therapeutic and one of those
things where you kind of had to be there to
understand. For a limited time you can do the next best thing
and download McClendon's complete speech at MakeYourFate.com/Targeted
(free offer expires Wednesday, Jan. 27).
from the Latonas.com live domain auction
that, soon after this
shot was taken, had to be postponed Friday due to Internet
little after 4pm the one major setback the show has
experienced occurred when the Latonas.com live
domain action had to be postponed soon after it began
because of Internet connection problems. The auction was
rescheduled for 10am this morning and is in fact
underway as I am writing this post at 10:20am (local
time) in the auction hall.
the business day concluded, everyone reconvened at the
show's main party that was held Friday night at the Gold
Lounge in the Aria Hotel, part of the
spectacular new City Center development in Las
arrivals at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Party held at the Gold
Lounge in Las Vegas Friday nght.
The club was soon
packed wall to wall so we started stacking our
photo subjects vertically! In
the photo at right you
see (top to bottom) Ray Neu, Barbara Neu,
2009 Domainer of the Year Michael
Berkens and his wife Judi.
The conference closes
today. After the auction there will be two
seminars, the first about how to optimize your
domain portfolio and the second covering ways to
play the drop market. The 2010 show will then
close with a main event that is to get underway at 3pm
(Pacific time) - the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Test Track.
That session gives online business developers a
chance to pitch investment opportunities in their
companies to a panel of investors.
I'll have final day
photos and highlights for you in a post in this
column Sunday. On Monday I'll being taking the
short flight over to Los Angeles to cover
Global conference that gets underway
Tuesday in Santa Monica.