and Highlights From the Closing Day of a Fabulous
DOMAINfest Global Conference in California
2010 DOMAINfest Global Conference
closed last night with an unforgettable party at the Playboy
Mansion in Los Angeles. It was the
culmination of a three-day event that, despite the high
standards set by the three previous shows in this annual
series, still managed to exceed everyone's
expectations. Based on the buzz this show is
sure to create, going forward I think two words will be
associated with DOMAINfest Global - "Can't Miss."
When dates for the 2011 show are announced write them
down (in blood if necessary) and make sure you are
final day Thursday (Jan. 28) at the show hotel - the
oceanfront Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica
- began with three seperate structured networking
sessions that ran simultaneously in the Exhibit Hall.
(who wore white lab coats to make them readily
identifiable) answer attendees'
questions about how to tap new end user markets for
domain names in one of the three
structured networking sessions at DOMAINfest Global
one corner a group discussed New End User Markets
for Domain Names, in another the topic was Website
Development Tips and a third gathering got tips
on SEO/SEM for Domain Names. Attendees
were free to circulate from one group to another during
the hour-long session.
up was a second Pitchfest contest (the first was
held on opening day
Tuesday) that gave four companies (RootOrange.com,
Skinected.com, RapidDomainBuilder.com and DevRich.com)
a chance to talk about new domain monetization
solutions they have developed. A panel of judges that
included David Liu (Jefferies), Douglas
McPherson (New Ventures Group),
attorney/entrepreneur Richard Morganstern
and Ron Sheridan (RSS.com) then picked the
winning presentation. That honor went to Chad
Folkening (eCorp) for his new RapidDomainBuilder.com
Folkening answers questions from the crowd after
judges chose his
RapidDomainBuilder.com as the winner of
Thursday's Pitchest Contest.
wait - there was another big winner. After the
final presentation the audience was allowed to vote on their
favorite solution from among the eight companies that
presented over two days and their choice wasn't the same
as the judges. RootOrange.com
wound up winning their vote with RapidDomainBuilder.com
Co-Founders Frank Langston (left) and Camilo
Acosta beat out seven other companies to win the People's
Choice Award for Best New Domain Monetization
an outdoor lunch break in the Fairmont Miramar courtyard
(on a gorgeous Southern California day), it was time for
one the show's main events - Moniker's Live Premium
Domain Auction. The four-hour sale (that included
both in house and internet bidding) produced over $920,000
in sales. Coupled with the results from the Low and
No Reserve Auction Tuesday night (just under $151,000)
Moniker wound up selling over a million dollars worth
of domain names at the conference.
from Moniker's Live Premium Domain Auction Thursday at
top sellers in the auction were LoanCalculator.com
($215,000), GolfLessons.com ($65,000), PearlEarrings.com
($50,000) and a pair of names that went for $45,000
each; Husband.com and Golfshirts.com.
an hour after the auction closed DOMAINfest guests
boarded a fleet of buses that took them to the world
famous Playboy Mansion for a blowout party and
fundraising event (for Jenny McCarthy's Generation
Rescue Foundation) that ended the show on a
very high note.
the DomainSponsor tent at the Playboy Manson
party last night. Guests were
also free to roam the more than five acre estate
that includes a separate gamehouse,
zoo and the famous Grotto.
most popular accessories at last night's party were
digital cameras. In the photo below, Army.com's Mark
Van Dyke gets to be the center of attention.
of professional models were brought in to make sure the
the event was overflowing with beauty and pizzazz, but many
guests from our own industry brought the same qualities
to the party including Laura Schmidt (Thought
Convergence Inc.) and Bari Meyerson (Moniker.com)
whom you see in the photo below.
that the best DOMAINfest Global conference to date
is in the books, I will be flying back home to Florida
today. Tomorrow I'll start working on our comprehensive
review articles of both DOMAINfest Global and last
week's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference in Las Vegas.
Though we filed daily updates with photos and highlights
from both shows that was just scratching the surface. We
have many untold details and unseen photographs from the
back to back conferences that will be published in our
two events spotlighted a lot of new and exciting
things happening in our industry and I am heading
home feeling extremely optimistic about how
things will play out for domain owners and developers in
the months and years ahead.