Registry Service Provider Speed Dating

Two years ago, in 2008, I put together a session at the Paris ICANN meeting where I gathered new TLD applicants and service providers together in a room to meet each other.

Afterward, I put together a survey and then collected the information in to a grid so that potential new TLD applicants could see side by side comparisons of the many, many registry service providers, and make informed decisions about their initiatives.

I had my friend publish the results of the survey which I’d run personally, and many things grew from that in the two years since.

Some TLD applicants made technology selections, but many are still making decisions. Some new providers have started operations. Subtle new nuances have crept in to the application process which impact the questions that should be asked up front.

This is the 2010 version of the survey. I’ll collect the information until August 4th, 2010.

Participating registry service providers, I will interview you about the service you offer, then publish the information to this blog through August (and into September if the response volume is high).

This is an outstanding opportunity for registry service providers to make their technology known and attract potential applicants.

If you offer Registration Services for a potential new TLD or ccTLDs, please take some time and complete this survey:
Registry Service Provider Survey

Stimulator.IO simulates A-Ha Video with Microsoft Surface and iPhone


The most awesome A-Ha “Take On Me” video tech XRay.

What do you get when you merge the technologies of two large providers? The iPhone and the Microsoft Surface, together, do some amazing things, as the team at Stimulator proves.

Now your iPhone and Microsoft Surface can work to bring back the ‘Take on Me’ video look and feel when used together.

The coolest is when you simply set the iPhone down it immediately synchronizes with the Surface.

This is one of the most impressive interoperability of technology I have seen. Well done Stimulator, you have an amazing technical team.

(I’d have used the A-Ha song in the background, is the only change I’d suggest 😉 )

VIDEO : Cybersecurity Panel in Washington DC

VIDEO: Alexa Raad and PIR hosting a cyber security panel in Washington DC

“A rare opportunity to spend time with Rod Beckstrom, CEO and President of ICANN, as he shares his views on the future of ICANN. Following Mr. Beckstrom’s speech, for the next 1.5 hours, a panel of industry experts will discuss the trends of Internet security, government regulation and the possible intersections and ramifications of these trends. This is an exclusive event as many of the panelists are key Washington DC Internet leaders, but are not regulars at ICANN events. Hence, their views and outlook are unique and fresh to the ICANN community. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback.”

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Heading to Seoul for ICANN Meetings

I am heading to Seoul, Korea shortly to attend and participate in the ICANN meetings, where new TLDs are the talk of the town. ICANN has made some major strides in the past year and I am certain that we will be seeing many good things in the coming year.

A few interviews, public forums, and board resolutions later there is an Expressions of Interest process in new TLDs.

Assimilating New TLDs into the marketplace

Assimilating New TLDs into the marketplace

I had the privilege to speak at the CENTR General Assembly in Pisa, to discuss the marketplace and how new TLDs can be assimilated into the marketplace via the registrar channel.

It may prove to be like taking a small sip from a fireplug with the number of applications coming, so potential applicants would benefit from taking a look at the presentation.