the next morning session, Bruce Marler
(Missouri.me Network), Fred Mercaldo
(Scottsdale.com) and Vic Chabra
(Chitika.com) were featured in a panel discussion
on Developing Any City - how to make
the most of any local geodomain asset. We'll have
more details on this and all of the other business
sessions in a comprehensive conference review
article that will be published next week.
to right): Bruce Marler (Missouri.me
Network), Fred Mercaldo (Scottsdale.com)
and Vic Chabra (Chitika.com) on the Developing
Any City panel.
At the noon
luncheon the Internet
Commerce Association's Legal
Counsel Phil Corwin brought attendees
up to date on ICANN policy issues and
legal threats to domain owners. A few months
ago it appeared that the ICA might disband
due to lack of financial support from the
domain community but thanks to generous
donations from a handful of companies and
individual domain owners, the organization
was able to re-organize and allow Corwin,
who is based in Washington, D.C., to
continue doing his valuable work on behalf
of the industry.
lunch it was time for the Expo's keynote
address, delivered by GetARoom.com
Co-Founder David Litman. Previously
Litman co-founded Hotels.com and grew
the company from a $1,200 initial
investment into a corporation that sold in
2003 with a valuation of $5.5 billion!
The theme of Litman's talk was Conservative
Entrepreneurship - ways to build a
business with minimal risk.
ICA Legal Counsel
Expo closed with a pair of afternoon business
seminars. In the first Jessica Bookstaff
(eDestinations) and Sara Mannix (Mannix
Marketing) offered tips on Creating a Unique
GeoDomain Image. Jessica's company
operates PigeonForge.com and Durango.com
while Sara's firm runs a number of successful
geodomain sites in upstate New York
including LakeGeorge.com and Saratoga.com.
Bookstaff (left) and Sara Mannix
about Creating a Unique GeoDomain Image.
closing session, NewOrleans.com Co-Owner Don
Jones moderated a panel devoted to Building
Your Local Business Directory. The
panelists were James Chubb (eDirectory), Dawn
Paduganan (Local.com) and Doyal Bryant
(Universal Business Listings).
to right): James Chubb (eDirectory), Dawn
Paduganan (Local.com), moderator
Don Jones (New Orleans.com) and Doyal
Bryant (Universal Business Listings)
closed the business day with a session on Building
Your Local Business Directory.
2010 GeoDomain Expo closed with a Friday night
dinner that saw attendees taking over several
tables on the top floor of celebrity chef Donald
Link's Cochon Restaurant - a New Orleans hot
spot famous for its Cajun food (Link was on hand
and autographed copies of his Real Cajun
cookbook for guests who wanted to take copy home).
of the Cochon Restaurant tables occupied
GeoDomain Expo attendees last night in New
Cities, with the help of local host NewOrleans.com,
produced another memorable GeoDomain Expo. With
its unique single-minded focus on developing
domains into real businesses, the Expo has a
special place on the conference calendar and it
continues to provide exceptional value to its
attendees. More on the show to come in next week's
complete conference review article.