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Austin Will Become the Domain Capital of the World Wednesday When NamesCon Global Arrives

The time has finally come. After a pandemic induced two-and-a-half year wait, domain and digital asset investors, developers and service providers from all over the world will finally get to meet face to face again this week at the 2022 NamesCon Global Conference in Austin, Texas. The big show will run Wednesday (August 31) through Saturday (September 3) at the downtown Omni Hotel.  

A jam-packed two-track agenda filled with business sessions and social events will begin playing out at 10AM (U.S. Central Time) Wednesday when

Soeren von Varchmin, Chairmain of the NamesCon Advisory Board, will host the Welcoming Session. The first day of  business will continue until 6pm when The Opening Night Reception Party will be held at the Omni. After that ends at 9pm, those still not ready to call it a night can reconvene offsite at 9:45pm for a Frank Schilling Tribute Party, open to all NamesCon attendees, that Gregg McNair is hosting at Eberly in Austin.

I will be hosting two opening day sessions in the Bodis Keynote Hall Wednesday. The first one at 11:05am is a Fireside Chart with domain investors/artist Christian Calvin that I previewed in a Lowdown post last month. Over the past few months Christian has created a special NFT series just for NamesCon that will be up for grabs during this yearís live domain and digital asset auction that will be held Thursday afternoon. We will give you a behind the scenes look at Christian's NFT creation process so you can see what aesthetic, platform, and messaging choices go into creating an NFT thatís built to last. 

I'll return at 4:30pm for what promises to be a great session with Trellian Co-Founder David Warmuz. Trellian is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year and David will be sharing some amazing stories from his quarter of a century in this business. We will discuss how the arrival of PPC revenue

Christian Calvin

sparked an explosion in domain sales that has grown into todayís booming domain investment industry. David and his late brother and company co-founder, Ren, bought an astounding of domains  in those early years before establishing Trellian's still flourishing domain monetization platform Above.com. David will  tell attendees about what led to that purchasing binge, as well as the incredible story of his 22-year pursuit of the domain he wanted most and finally got - Trillion.com (yes, that would have been the company's name instead of Trellian if it had not proven to be such an elusive catch)!

In the early years of Trellian, Founders Ren and David Warmuz introduce trade show attendees to the Submit Wolf search engine submission software that was one of Trellian's biggest hits.

One other thing about this long-awaited edition of NamesCon. I will be covering it in a different way than I have past conferences. Normally, I would post a full recap of the previous day's events each morning during the show. To do that I had to spend many hours off the show floor, writing and editing photos for the next daily report. One thing the pandemic and the recent unexpected passing of Shaun Pilfold has finally taught me is that we never know when or even if we will see some of our friends and colleagues again. 

So, after missing everyone for over two and half years, my priority for this conference will be to spend as much time as possible on the floor talking to people. I will still be popping into every single session to get photos and notes to share with you. However, instead of posting a full daily recap, I will post some daily highlights but save the bulk of the coverage for a complete conference wrap-up Cover Story that I will write when I'm back from Austin. That way you will still see everything you have become accustomed to seeing and I will have some invaluable extra time to catch up with friends and colleagues while we all in one place at the same time - something I think some of us  have been guilty of taking for granted, but likely will not any longer. 

At the last NamesCon Global conference in January
, before the pandemic hit, are (left to right) attorneys Howard Neu and Karen Bernstein, DNJournal's Ron Jackson and Soeren von Varchmin, Chairman of the NamesCon Advisory Board.

My next post will be from NamesCon. Hope to see you there but if you can't make it, keep an eye on this space for some daily highlights after the show begins. Now it's almost time for the curtain to go up!

(Posted August 29, 2022)  


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