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Here's the The Lowdown from DN Journal,
updated daily
to fill you in on the latest buzz going around the domain name industry. 

The Lowdown is compiled by DN Journal Editor & Publisher Ron Jackson.

NamesCon Global 2020 News Including 1st Keynote Speaker, Live Domain Auction & Fun Day Finale

After 6 years in Las Vegas NamesCon Global is ready to unveil its updated and upgraded conference  - now sub-titled The Domain Economic Forum - that will be staged in a new city - Austin, Texas - January 29-February 1, 2020. With the big event at the Omni Hotel (located in the heart of the Lone Star State's capital city) now just two months away, show updates are starting to come in hot and heavy.

On Monday NamesCon Global announced the first of what will be several keynote speakers with that honor going to James Booth, the extraordinarily successful young domain broker who runs Phenom.com. James has cleared over $30 million in sales before turning 30, with $10 million of that booked in 2019 alone. In addition to their skills in buying and selling domain names, James and his team help brands improve their online presence, starting with that critical first step - acquiring the perfect domain name.

In Austin, James will speak in a fireside chat format. He will discuss the many facets of value that a domain can offer, and the key role trust plays in forming the relationships that make deals happen. 

Phenom.com CEO James Booth

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As always, NamesCon Global will feature a live domain auction but, as with other aspects of the show agenda, there will be a new twist with the sale. For 2020 it has moved to the GoDaddy Auction platform where pre-bidding is already open. One thing will remain the same - Monte Cahn's RightOfTheDot.com will co-coordinate the live bidding action on site for the January 30 event (an extended online auction will continue to February 14, 2020). 

Among the domains already confirmed for the live auction are 

Laptop.com, Arcades.com, Ofices.com, Lasers.com and Calories.com, to name a few. If you have a premium domain you would like to submit you can do that here.

Another new wrinkle at NamesCon Global this year will be an all-day Fun Day that will close the show on Saturday, February 1. The Fun Day concept was introduced at NamesCon Europe in Lisbon, Portugal this past summer and it proved to be a big hit. Fun Day gives attendees and their partners an opportunity to spend the day casually networking and celebrating the conclusion of a productive conference. At NamesCon Global it will run from 10am to 5pm at Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden, an Austin institution famous for its sausage, barbecue and over 200 beers on tap.

Above & Below: Banger's Sausage House
 and Beer Garden - Austin. Texas

Registration for NamesCon Global is now open and if you need a ticket this would be the time to get one as they are running a 30% off Thanksgiving sale through Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day in the United States). That drops the normal $699 ticket price to $489.30 You can also book your hotel room at the Omni at special NamesCon Global rates starting at $229. We, will of course, be in Austin and hope to see many of you in person there.

(Posted November 26, 2019)

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