Global 2020 conference continued
with its final business day Friday, January 31
at the Omni Hotel in Austin, Texas (a
Saturday casual networking Fun
Day officially closed the show). Day
three, like the first two days of the show, was packed
with business sessions and social events that
attracted attendees from all of the world to the
industry's marquee event.
& below: The Friday business day began with a Keynote
discussion with Phenom.com
Founder James Booth, one of the most successful
domain brokers in the industry. Bill Sweetman
(Name Ninja) conducted the insightful interview with
Booth (below) who, earlier in the week, received the Escrow.com
Award as the #2 broker worldwide in total
sales closed on the Escrow platform.
& below: After Booth's talk most attendees stayed
in the Keynote Hall to watch a panel discussion titled
On the Other Hand: Sales form the Buyer's
Perspective that featured, left to right, Jeff
Gabriel (Saw.com), Kate Buckley (BuckleyMedia.com),
Alan Shiflett (GoDaddy), Dave Evanson
(Sedo), corporate domain manager Carla Westerdale
and moderator Bill Sweetman.
In another 11am session on the RegistryOffice stage, Andrew
Allemann (far left) from DomainNameWire.com
moderated a panel discussion on Threats and
Opportunities: New TLDs 5 Years In. The panelists
were Matt Overman (Donuts), Karn Jajoo
(Radix), Christina Beavis (Vox Populi) and Christa
On another stroll through the Exhibit Hall we
caught Omar Baig (right) paying a visit to the
Sedo both where Carolyn Rodon (left) and Christian
Voss were welcoming attendees and answering
Back in the Keynote Hall at 12 noon, a panel
discussion got underway titled Your Portfolio Never
Dies: Estate Planning for Domain Investors. It
featured, left to right, Munish Dayal, Michael
Gargiulo (VPN.com), Michael Robertson
(Fabulous.com), Ari Goldberger (ESQwire.com)
and moderator Derek Newman (Newman Du Wors LLP).
At the same time on the RegistryOffice stage the topic
was WTF is a Registry? - Economics of a
Registry featuring the .CLUB team, (left to
right) Jeff Sass, Michelle Van Tilborg
and Colin Campbell. Fortunately, this one was
videotaped so you can watch it at YouTube here.
Exhibitors have long used a variety of cool swag to
attract visitors to their booth but dog lover Kevin
Kopas from Short Dot SA knew nothing
attracts a crowd like a friendly dog! So Kevin put his
best buddy, Winston, to work at the new gTLD
registry operator's booth and it worked like a charm
(reeled us in didn't it)!
after the lunch break it was time to head back to the
Keynote Hall to catch a 2pm session on Generation Entertain
Me: What Startups Need to Know About Selling to and
Hiring Generation Z that was presented by Lisa
Box (WP Engine).
At the same time on the RegistryOffice stage the topic
was Lessons Learned Managing a Large Corporate
Domain Portfolio. The panelists were, left to
right, Olga Yaguez, James Holland
(Intel), Carla Westerdale and moderator Statton
in the Exhibit Hall, Escrow.com General
Manager Jackson Elsegood was clearly enjoying
greeting visitors at the Escrow.com
at the Keynote Hall at 3pm, the next panel discussion
centered on The Power of Domains in Ecommerce and
Social Media. It featured, left to right, Haseeb
Tariq (Disney), Natasa Djukanovic (.ME), Dave
Janjua, Todd Han (Dynadot) and moderator Jothan
Also at 3pm on the RegistryOffice stage, another panel
outlined DNS Abuse: Threats and Responses. The
panelists were, left to right, Michele Neylon (Blacknight),
Kelly Hardy (.ME), Kellie Peterson (Automattic),
Rolf Larsen (DNS Global & Desktop.com), Andreas
Musielak (DENIC eG) and moderator Derek Newman.
making one last pass through the Exhibit Hall we
saw Sean Stafford (right) visiting Matt
Wegryzn at the Bodis.com booth.
4pm, in the final discussion of NamesCon Global 2020,
panelists in the Keynote Hall answered the question
What Is My Domain Worth? The experts on the panel
were, left to right, moderator Braden Pollock (LegalBrandMarketing),
Amanda Waltz (Saw.com), Deepak Daftari (eSiksha.com)
and Joe Styler (GoDaddy).
5pm, the business portion of NamesCon Global 2020
officially closed with some final comments from NamesCon
President and CEO Soeren von Varchmin (above).
Soeren said the NamesCon team loved Austin and
are strongly leaning toward bringing it back to the
Lone Star State's capital city next year, but will
also consider attendee feedback and all options before
making a final decision and announcing the January
2021 show dates and location. Between now and then
they will be putting on the NamesCon
Europe conference in Budapest, Hungary
August 6-8, 2020.
& below: While the business day was over, the fun
was not, especially for the industry's professional
women who got together for the annual Women in
Domaining networking event held Friday evening in
the Afilias Lounge. Kudos to Lisa Box
and Susan Lawrence for organizing another
Three of the most well-known women in the domain
industry reconnected at the Women in Domaining event.
Left to right are Nancy Bianchi
(Above.com/Trellian), Andee Hill (ICANN) and
veteran conference promoter Barbara Neu.
the same time the Women in Domaining event was going
was hosting a social event just a block away at the Elk
Lounge, close enough for guests to do both. Here,
left to right are attorneys Howard Neu and Karen
Bernstein, Ron Jackson (DNJournal.com) and
Soeren von Varchmin, President and CEO of NamesCon.
wait - there's still more! - continue on to DAY
FOUR, to checkout the Saturday, February 1 Fun
Day that closed the show. You can also go the
opposite direction by heading to the OPENING
DAY section of this report, the DAY
TWO coverage Thursday or the DAY
THREE recap for Friday, January