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July 07, 2016

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Photos and Highlights from the 1st Business Day at China's World Domain Conference Today

After getting guests from around the world settled in at the Waterside Resort in Wuzhen, China Wednesday (July 6), organizers of the  World Domain Conference, being staged there by Yumi.com, opened the two-day business portion of the show today (Thursday, July 7, 2016). Thanks to Anand Vora (Donuts Inc.), Deepak Daftari (eSiksha.com) and George Hong (Guta.com), who are all on site, we have some photos and highlights from the first day of business to share with you. 

Above: A shot of the WDC conference hall at Wuzhen's Waterside Resort, taken shortly before attendees began filing in for the first day of business this morning. 
(Photo from Anand Vora)

Below: Mr. Jason Lin, the Founder of conference host Yumi.com, kicked things off at 9:15am with a welcoming address to World Domain Conference attendees
(Photo from Deepak Daftari)

Above & below: The day's first of four panel discussions, covering the latest global domain name developments and trends, got underway at 9:30am with six industry experts on the dais. They included pioneering domain investor and Founder of Uniregistry.com Frank Schilling who is seen seated on the side video screens above (photo from Yumi.com) and standing at the podium below left (photo from Anand Vora).

Above: During a coffee break that followed the opening panel discussion, WDC participants, including speakers, sponsors and attendees, got together for this group portait
(Photo from George Hong)

Below: The morning session closed with nine more international experts taking the stage to discuss New gTLDs. The panelists included two who traveled from the U.S. - Anand Vora, Business Development Director at Donuts Inc. (the largest operator of new gTLDs) and Michele Van Tilborg, VP of Business Development at the .CLUB Registry. China has been the most receptive global market to new gTLDs.

Above: A two-and-a-half hour lunch break started at noon. George Hong of Guta.com (center) who has bases in both the U.S. and China, took advantage of some of his break time to catch up with two of the many Western visitors at WDC, GoDaddy Aftermarket Director Paul Nicks (left) and NameJet.com General Manager Jonathan Tenenbaum (right). 

Below: The afternoon session got underway at 2:3pm with another distinguished panel of nine experts discussing Registrar and Domain Aftermarket Developments.

Above: After a mid-afternoon coffee break, the day's final panel discussion got underway at 4pm with many familiar faces from the global domain investment community among the eight experts on hand to discuss Investment Strategies. The panelists included, at far right, the CEO of host Yumi.com, Mr. Yongdong Xie.

At right: veteran domain investor Thunayan K. AL-Ghamin of Future Media Architects (left) and broker George Hong from Guta.com were also among the experts featured on the closing panel. 

After the business day was done attendees were treated to an evening banquet and theme party (both now concluded as it is 12 hours later in Wuzhen than it is in the U.S. Eastern time zone where we are based).  

Everyone will be back for another busy day that gets 

underway Friday morning at 9:30am (Wuzhen time). We will have photos and highlights from the day's events for you again in this column.

(Posted July 7, 2016)

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