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May 31, 2013

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Photos & Highlights from the Busy 2nd Day (and Neon Night) at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas 2013

Day 2 of the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference got underway Thursday morning (May 30) at the Bellagio Hotel with welcoming comments from show co-founders Rick Schwartz (at left in the photo below) and Howard Neu. This is the 25th time attendees have been welcomed to a T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference since the pioneering domain industry showcase began in October 2004.

Immediately after Rick and Howard kicked off the first full day of business, the show's first panel discussion began - a session called Selling to Startups: New Niche or Old Habits. With Howard Neu (standing in the audience in the photo below) moderating, successful domain brokers Dave Evanson (Sedo.com), Morgan Linton (LintonInvestments.com), Braden Pollock (LegalBrandMarketing.com) and Joe Uddeme (DomainHoldings.com) offered advice of how to market and sell domains to new companies.

In the next session the pros and cons of the current UDRP arbitration process were debated in a session featuring (left to right in the photo below) Bill Sweetman (NameNinja.com), Nat Cohen (Telepathy.com) who thinks the current UDRP system in unfair to domain owners and needs to be changed, attorney Ari Goldberger (ESQwire.com), who thinks the current UDRP system should be left alone as changing it could end up being even more detrimental to domain owner's rights, and attorney Karen Bernstein.


I joined seven fellow domain industry bloggers and reporters on stage for the next session moderated by Howard Neu who asked each of us for our opinions on a wide range of current industry issues. The panel included Shane Cultra (DomainShane.com), seen making a point in the photo at right while Morgan Linton (MorganLinton.com) listens in.

Also on the dais contributing to the discussion were Elliot Silver (ElliotsBlog.com), Andrew Allemann (DomainNameWire.com), Michael Cyger (DomainSherpa.com), Michael Gilmour (WhizbangsBlog.com) and Adam Dicker (ArtOfTheName.com).

At 2pm it was time for T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Live Domain Auction. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. staffers Kimberly Howard and Ray Neu (in the photo below) were on hand to help register bidders for the fast moving sale.

With veteran auctioneer Wayne Wheat (who I think is the best in the business) directing the action while show co-founder Rick Schwartz looked on (both seen in the photo below), at the auction ended with just under $112,000 worth of winning bids booked. The highest of those was Bouquet.com bought by Bill McClure for the $30,000 reserve price.

The business day closed with The Rick and Danny Show in which Rick Schwartz introduced his new partner in JointVentures.com, Danny Welsh (seen addressing the audience in the photo below. The duo is building a new domain leasing/joint venture platform that they believe has the potential to be a game changer in domain monetization.

With business out of the way, attendees went back to their rooms to freshen up for the week's big social event - Thursday night's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Water Night Charity Party sponsored by NameCheap.com. 180 guests signed up to attend the fund raising event for The Water School with T.R.A.F.F.I.C. donating $50 for every show registrant that attended the affair held at Planet Hollywood's PBR Rock Bar.


Guests received the red carpet treatment when they arrived. In the photo above, Paul Goldstone (DomainIt.com) and his wife Barbie were greeted by the Got Water? girls representing The Water School effort.

The attendees packed the PBR Rock Bar's outdoor patio on a pleasant Las Vegas night to enjoy good food, drink and great company - all benefitting a very worthy cause. Many added personal donations to the money T.R.A.F.F.I.C. donated on their behalf.

Today's closing day of business at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will be another very busy one for attendees. After breakfast I'll be kicking things off with a talk about current sales trends in the domain aftermarket. Four business sessions will follow concluding with the Meeting

of the Chiefs (featuring leaders from seven of the industry's best known companies) at 4pm.

Tonight at 8:30 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will host its Closing Party and Celebration to bring down the curtain on another very productive event. I'll have photos and highlights from all of today's (and tonight's) highlights in my final post from Las Vegas in this column tomorrow. 

(Posted May 31, 2013)

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