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Photos & Highlights From the First IDN Event Saturday Night in New York City 

With interest in IDN domains growing it was just a matter of time before the first formal IDN conference was staged in the U.S. IDN Event, organized by Aaron Krawitz and Gary Males of IDN Tools, was held Saturday night (Oct. 30, 2010) at the Park Avenue Haru Restaurant in New York City

Our friend Steve Kaziyev of NamePursuit.com, who lives in New York, was among the attendees and Steve was kind enough to send us some photos and highlights from the meeting. There were about 40 guests on hand and nearly all flew in for the event, including several who came from other countries. 













Elliot Silver (standing) delivered a well-received 
presentation about business website development.

The agenda featured four presentations that were delivered while guests enjoyed a three-course sushi dinner. The sessions included IDN 101 delivered by Krawitz and Males, The IDN Advantage presented by .Asia CEO Edmon Chung, Geo Domaining explained by Associated Cities Executive Director Patrick Carleton, and Small Website/Business Development presented by Elliot Silver of ElliotsBlog.com. 

A panel discussion, featuring Andrew Snow and Michael Schneider, followed the presentations and included a market review, tips for buying and selling IDNs, .com vs ccTLD considerations plus future predictions. 

Elliot Silver (ElliotsBlog.com) and his wife Karen were among the guests at IDN Event.

By the time business closed with a lively one hour networking session it was close to midnight. That was no time to slow down though, so attendees piled into a limo and headed for an after party at a local club.  

IDN Event was also accompanied by a SnapNames IDN Showcase auction that is still going on online. Bidding closes at 3:15pm Eastern time Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 3) so you still have time to check out the catalog.

Krawitz and Males said the positive reception for this first IDN event means they will likely make it an annual affair.











Patrick Carleton of Associated Cities was among the IDN enthusiasts who came to New York City for the meeting.

In the crowd at IDN Event (L to R above): David Stadler (NameDrive), John Yeomans, Steve Kaziyev, Tony Cassala (AirportService.com), Nat Cohen (Telepathy) & Edmon Chung (.asia).

Moshe Schneider (right), who has been involved in six-figure IDN transactions, came 
all the way from Israel for IDN Event. Andrew Snow is seated to his left.

Above: A scene from the 2010 IDN Event afterparty in the wee hours of 
Sunday morning, Nov. 4. (This photo courtesy of Aaron Krawitz).

One other note today. We just published our latest monthly Cover Story and I think it is one our best. Former football player Chad Folkening has had to continually change directions to get around obstacles in life. A series of untimely events broke his body, derailed a business and, in the most unbearable one of all, claimed the life of a 25-year-old brother. Yet Folkening has managed to come through it all, learn from experience and emerge stronger than ever as a leading player in the domain investment and website development world. 

Folkening might be the best kept secret in the domain industry. Don't get me wrong. Certainly a lot of people in this business know the friendly Midwesterner and he has been one of the biggest players in the space since the mid 90s. However, the self effacing Indiana native, who was a two-time All-State football player, has never been one to talk a lot about himself or his business success. As a result, you haven't seen his name in industry headlines nearly as often as some of his famous contemporaries. It's time for that to change. The complete article is at this link:

Chad Folkening
Founder, eCorp.com
and Co-Founder, 
Domain Holdings LLC

Broken Field Run: How Domain Investor/Developer Chad Folkening Went from Mowing Lawns to Buying Mansions

(Posted Nov 1, 2010) 

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