Afilias and GoDaddy join to bid for .US ccTLD

Just in from around the net, Afilias and GoDaddy have arranged a joint venture called Alliance Registry and have announced their plans to bid for the .US ccTLD that is currently run by NeuStar.

Well recognized and respected industry name Brian Cute was named as the director of usTLD Development, yet another high powered hire in the domain industry to lead the process.

I have no opinion on this process, but this was interesting news today!

Hosting Companies : You totally get it!

I just had the opportunity to speak and moderate a panel at HostingCon in Chicago on the domain name industry and the secondary market for domain names.

There was a packed room, and with me were Sean Stafford of DNZoom, Frank Mitchlick of and, and Tim Schumacher of Sedo, plus lots of very intelligent CEOs and senior management approached me throughout the show with a series of relly intelligent questions about the domain name industry.

I came away from the event with a few takeaways.  One is that my friend  Isabel Wang  totally gets it, two is that most hosting companies are clueing into the thundering sound of lost revenue rolling off the edge of the earth when their domain names expire, and third was that we’re experiencing immense growth in our industry to see a conference of this size be so well orchestrated and focused on business development so well.

Props to Frank, George, and Sue at Inter Juncture, and much success to you!