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Three Domain Conferences in Three Different Countries Will Run Over the Next 10 Days + Guinness Book of World Records Recognizes Sex.com Sale as Biggest Ever

There won't be as many domain conferences in 2011 as there have been in years past, but you wouldn't know it from the number of shows packed into the five weeks between February 1 and the first week of March. DOMAINfest Global got it started with their big show February 1-3, then the first .nxt conference, devoted to new gTLDs was held in San Francisco Feb. 8-10. The action then shifted across the Atlantic to Vienna, Austria where the 8th Domain Pulse conference was staged by Nic.at Feb. 17-18. 

Things get even busier starting tomorrow (Feb. 23) when the 3rd International Internet Marketing & Domaining Conference gets underway in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The Castello Brothers, Michael and David, will be the keynote speakers there. This event, South America's biggest domain conference, will run through Friday (Feb. 25).

The next day, Saturday, Feb. 26, the first Rocky Mountain

Michael Castello & David Castello
Castello Cities Internet Network, Inc.

 Domain Conference will be held in downtown Denver at the Russian American Chamber of Commerce Building on Pennsylvania Street. Show promoter Mike Law has lined up Name.com CEO and Founder Bill Mushkin and DomainHoldings.com CEO Jason Boshoff as keynote speakers for the event. Those who want to stay over for an extra day can enjoy a domainer's ski/snowboarding excursion to Copper Mountain resort.

Monday (Feb. 28) will be a travel day that a number of industry people will use to make their way to the Bahamas where one of the year's big events - the Domain Roundtable conference - will get underway one week from today (on Tuesday, March 1) at the Atlantis Resort. Roundtable took 2010 off to retool the event and they plan to make a big splash in their return to the conference fray next week. 

Featured speakers and workshop leaders will include Michael Berkens, Andries de Villiers, Gregg McNair, Braden Pollock, Robert Moore, Monte Cahn, Ammar Kubba, Craig Snyder and Morgan Linton. The show highlights will also include Aftermarket.com's Live Domain Auction Thursday, March 3 from 2:00-6:00pm (U.S. Eastern time).

One other note today - Sedo just announced that the November sale of Sex.com for $13 million (£8.2 million) has won recognition as a Guinness World Record™ for “most expensive internet address domain name.”  Sedo, who is celebrating the company's 10th anniversary this month, brokered the landmark sale - one of many high-profile, seven-figure premium domain transactions they have handled, including Vodka.com, Pizza.com and Russia.com.  The company said it  has brokered over £240 million worth of domain names over the years.

Kathy Nielsen, director of sales at Sedo, said "the sale of Sex.com was truly a team effort. We spent about two years with the domain, establishing the relationship, researching and finding the right buyer and managing the domain’s transfer. We’re honoured that Sedo was trusted with such a high-value and high-profile sale, and we’re ecstatic that it is now being recognized by Guinness World Records as a record-breaking deal.”

Kathy Nielsen
Sedo Director of Sales

(Posted Feb. 22, 2011)

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