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Domain Roundtable Returns to the Conference Wars in a Spectacular New Setting + Our Latest Cover Story Profiles .CO's Dynamic Young CEO Juan Diego Calle 

Domain Roundtable 2011 is open for business. Thought Convergence (the parent company of TrafficZ, Aftermarket.com and DomainTools) will stage the event at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas March 1-4, 2011. Registration just opened with an early bird price of $695 that is good through January 11. The price will start rising after that, finally hitting $995 for on-site registration during show week.

The organizers are providing an extra incentive for registering early. The first 100 that sign up will be treated to a free excursion on Tuesday, March 1. You can choose from among five options including an Atlantis Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tour, a Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure, Cigar and Rum Tasting, Deep Sea Fishing or a Nassau Shopping Shuttle. 

The show's preliminary agenda has also been posted. Things will get underway with a Tuesday evening (March 1) Welcome Reception. The  Wednesday (March 2) 

schedule will include a keynote speaker that will be announced soon.  An Aftermarket.com Live Domain Auction will highlight the final afternoon (Thursday, March 3). That night the show closes with a big Bahamian Junkanoo Festival. Guests will then be departing throughout the day Friday, March 4. By the way, if you want to submit a domain for the March 3 live auction, the deadline for doing so is January 21.

This will be the first Domain Roundtable conference since June 2009 when the event was held in Washington, D.C.  The show was held annually from 2005-2009 but amidst an explosion of domain conferences around the world in 2010, the organizers decided to take a year off to decide where they wanted to position the conference in what has become a dramatically expanded market. They decided to take it upscale and the five-star Atlantis resort will certainly provide the spectacular setting they wanted for their return to the conference scene.

Juan Diego Calle
CEO, .CO Internet S.A.S.

One other note today. We have just published our latest Cover Story, a profile of the .CO Registry's dynamic young CEO Juan Diego Calle. .CO has made a big splash since the Colombian ccTLD was re-launched and made available for worldwide registration last summer. Just five months after .CO began accepting general public registrations, more than 600,000 .CO domains had already been registered.  While the .CO saga has now been widely told, there is a closely related and equally compelling story that you haven't heard yet - the story of the man behind .CO's re-birth. 

Calle was born into a highly entrepreneurial family in Bogota, Colombia where his father founded one of the country's biggest wine and beer distribution companies. Unfortunately, by the time Juan was 15 years old, the security situation in Colombia had deteriorated to such an extent that his parents feared for the safety of their three children. They decided to send Juan, his brother and his sister to the 

United States while they stayed behind to keep the family business going. This is the remarkable entrepreneurial  success story of how things have gone for Juan Calle since then. You can read all about it here: The Juan Diego Calle Story: How the .CO CEO is Turning a Seldom Used ccTLD Into a Booming Global Brand.

(Posted Dec. 30, 2010)

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