I am speaking and moderating at the newdomains.org conference in Munich on the 26th and 27th. For people who are working on new top level domains or aspiring applicants, this is a conference not to miss.
New TLDs are covered in depth and precise focus in San Francisco in August. This is a great opportunity for Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that might be interested to find out a bit more information in and around the recently announced plans that will shift the internet from the .COM era.
.nxt is a conference for and around new Top Level Domains. The conference is February 9-10, 2011 in San Francisco, at the Hyatt Regency.
I hope to see you there!
The Domain Marketplace converged on New York this week for the Sedo User conference and T.R.A.F.F.I.C., with other events like the DomainJamNYC happening in the midst of it all.
Lots to report, though I am not there. Oversee.net completed the acquisition of Snapnames (which is like peanut butter and chocolate getting together), and Sedo announced their acquisition of GreatDomains from VeriSign.
Fabulous is gaining ground with their DDN, announcing that large regsitrar Tucows is coming aboard there. Tucows also completed a $3M(USD) premium portfolio sale, and announced their secondary market platform.
DomainsBot is demonstrating new technology that categorizes or identifies the language of domains when submitted a list of names.
DNZoom.com, a consolidated domain management platform, was announced by Modern Gigabyte, and looks promising as a central platform.
The next ICANN meeting is coming up, June 25 to 29. Here are some reasons why I would encourage attendance and participation, and what to watch for there.
- PUERTO RICO
Dude, it’s in Puerto Rico, “La Isla Bonita” . . . What more reason do you need? Although it sounds super glamorous, there’s a lot of us that work hard and don’t leave the venue but for sparse moments.
Conversations about WHOIS format, access, and accuracy are going to be a large focus at this meeting. There are so many sides to this, all with very reasonable needs and requirements that we’re entering into year 8 of the work to make improvements, rules, and expectations.
- NEW GTLDs
New Generic Top Level Domains are going to be a huge topic of discussion, as the process has been largely established and the application window rapidly approaches. It remains to be seen how many applications will come, but I am predicting that there will be at least 150-200 new applications.The driving forces will surround minimum requirements of the applicants, what the application fee is to submit a new string, and how much collision there is (aka duplicate entries) on TLD string submissions. (Hint: .web may have more than one applicant, try something different than that string)The many people who’ve put tireless effort into this process have thought of almost everything, and have brought experience from the past two rounds for this process.
I have been asked to speak at the INTEROP in Chiba (Tokyo) Japan on the 14th, and accepted.
What is INTEROP? “企業が必要としている最適なネットワーク環境の実現に不可欠な最新の基盤技術・製品群と、それを用いたリューションを展示し新たなビジネスチャンスを掴むための“ 出展社と来場者の最適なマッチング ”を提供する。それが、Interopです。 “