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Photos & Highlights from Opening Day at NamesCon Europe (Domaining Europe) 2018

The 10th anniversary edition of  the Domaining Europe conference got underway today in Valencia, Spain under its new NamesCon Europe banner. In a joint effort, the show founded by Dietmar Stefitz, is running under both names this

year but the conference will conclude with Stefitz handing the reigns over to NamesCon for all future events.

This 2018 edition, that is being held at the Sercotel Hotel Sorolla Palace, will run through Saturday. It started with a bang today with a busy schedule of business sessions (nine in all) that were followed by a gala dinner tonight at the Marina Beach Club. I wasn't able to make it over to Spain for this year's show but have been following it on NamesCon's Twitter feed and their Facebook posts. Unless noted otherwise, all of the photos below are from NamesCon's social media posts today. 

Above: The day began with a 9:30am Keynote speech from 
Akram Atallah, the Global Domains Division President at ICANN.

Below: At 10am, DomainMarket.com CEO and veteran domain investor Michael Mann spoke to the audience via a Skype feed. His talk centered on the standards he uses to value .com domains for resale.

Above: Next up Thursday morning (June 7) was .CLUB Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Sass who talked about the relative merits of "brandable" domains vs. keyword domains. His company's Names.club marketplace specializes in the latter category.

Below: The CEO of another new gTLD registry operator, .GLOBAL's Rolf Larsen, followed with a talk on how to value premium domains in new gTLDs.

Above: In the final morning session, Donuts Inc. Senior Broker Jebediah Burnett (right) was interviewed by moderator Braden Pollock. Donuts has logged several six-figure new gTLD domain sales and Burnett talked about how they were able to put some of those high-end sales together.

Below: After a coffee break the afternoon session got underway at 1pm with a session about the effects of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and what it means for those in the domain business. The participants were (left to right) Michele Neylon (CEO & Founder, Blacknight), Thomas Rickert (Rickert Law Firm) and moderator Kevin Murphy (DomainIncite.com). Photo courtesy of Lars Steffen.

Above: After the lunch break it was back to business with NameMotion.com CEO Antonio Villamarin providing a non-technical talk on how to apply Artificial Intelligence to high frequency domain name investments using public data, private data and investing in data science and mathematics.

Below: The next session was devoted to Domain Portfolio Valuation and featured (left to right): moderator Braden Pollock, Antonio Villamarin (Namemotion.com), Alan Shiflett (Senior Manager Aftermarket, GoDaddy), Ana Paula Vazquez (Country Manager, Sedo) and Adam Wagner (Account Manager, Team Internet).

Above: A 5:30pm Coffee Break gave attendees a chance to get a caffeine boost to carry them through the closing business session and the evening's gala dinner.

Below:  The final opening day business session was all about Domain Monetization. It featured (left to right) moderator Braden Pollock, Michael Bereslavsky (Domain Magnate), Freddy Schiwek (CEO, Zonat S.A.), Yancy Naughton (Founder, HasTraffic), Joel Ghebaly (Head of Product Management, Sedo) and James Tuplin (Director of Business Development, Bodis).

NamesCon Europe will resume Friday morning at 9:30am (local time in Valencia) with another full round of daytime business sessions and evening social events on tap. The event will conclude with a leisure day Saturday that will feature a Tour of Valencia and a paella lunch. 

(Posted June 7, 2018) 

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