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Radix Take Pride in Premiums, ICANN 76 Concludes in Sunny Cancun & Jimmy Wales is Coming to NamesCon!

I hope you all had a great week and we are wishing you a Happy Saint Patrick's Day! We have a few items to share before heading into the weekend. Radix has released their semi-annual Premium Domains report (.pdf file) covering the second half of 2022. Radix recorded $3.76 million in Total Premium Revenue in H2-2022, bringing their total for the year to approximately $7.6 million - the highest annual total the operator of 10 top level domains has recorded to date.

$2.7 million of that second half revenue came form renewals of premium domains which is a very good sign, indicating buyers of those top tier names were happy with their domains and likely to continue contributing to Radix's annual revenue stream. That is supported by a 5% increase in second-time renewals the company saw in the second half compared to the 1H-2022.

Another interesting detail is that 39% of Premium registrations were 3 characters or less in length. The biggest revenue producers in order were .tech, .online and .store, followed by .space, .site and .fun.

The 76th ICANN Community Forum completed its 6-day run Thursday (March 16) in Cancun, Mexico. From all of the photos I saw on social media, I  couldn't help noticing that a lot more people from the domain investment side of the industry were at this ICANN meeting. I think the photo Mark Ghoriafi from MrPremium.com posted on Facebook (below) explains it all - like real estate, it is location, location, location (in that order)! 

Above & Below: The folks from IT.com were also in the house (and probably on the beach too) and shared several photos on LinkedIn. Business Manager Rolandas Japertas (at far right below) stayed busy welcoming show goers to the registry operator's booth.

Above (left to right): IT.com com Advisor Joe Alagna, PTL Group Chairman Dr. Gregg McNair and Intis Telecom Director of Business Development Natalija Japerte with Rolandas at the IT.com booth. 

Below: No conference is complete with its social events and entertainment. Below a native dance troupe caught everyone's attention with their authentic attire, marvelous moves and musicianship. 

For those who like to plan ahead, the next ICANN meeting (ICANN 77) will be held in Washington, D.C. June 12-15, 2023 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

While we are talking about meetings, the countdown has started for the 2023 NamesCon Global conference coming up May 31 through June 3 in Austin, Texas. Registration for event at the downtown Omni Hotel is already open with an early bird rate of $399 available until March 31.

Show organizers have also started releasing some early highlights of the show agenda and just announced a big get for the roster of speakers this week - Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales. Wales’ experience in launching what’s still the #1 most-visited website in over 40 countries gives him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the domain name industry and the internet at large as it grapples with issues around fragmentation, trust, and the collision between technology and human rights.

Back in 2004, Wales issued one of the most ambitious mission statements of all time, saying “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access 

Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder 

to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.” You can debate how close to that Wikipedia has come, but there is no question Wales has had a massive impact around the world.  This is a session you won't want to miss.

(Posted March 17, 2023)   


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