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NamesCon Sponsor Spotlight: Rightside

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Rightside GroupNamesCon 2017 is less than a week away! In just a few short days, attendees from all over the world will begin arriving in Las Vegas for the largest conference of the year. Conference tickets are still available, so reserve yours today!

Today’s Sponsor Spotlight interview is with Matt Overman, Vice President and General Manager of the Aftermarket and Premium Domains at Rightside.

What is your company’s mandate; what sets you apart?

Rightside provides new personalized domain names and services that enable businesses, brands, and individuals to expand and personalize the way they tell their stories online. We partner with resellers, registries, registrars, and a wide variety of domain investors to build and grow their businesses. Essentially, we’re committed to significantly expanding the available digital real estate, and with a portfolio of 40 new TLDs, we offer something for everyone.

Who benefits from your product or service?

Everyone. Small businesses are often forced to choose a completely different business name when they discover that their .COM domain is already registered elsewhere. With new TLD options and services, these small businesses can keep their name and register a memorable and personalized domain without spending a fortune. Domain investors old and new alike are making money from investing in new TLDs and we’re focused on initiatives to make this easier and more profitable. If you’re online, Rightside can help make your life easier.

What factors have contributed to your company’s growth and success?

The creation of the new TLD program itself was extremely important. New TLDs have inspired a great deal of creativity from an industry that was perhaps not moving forward as quickly as it could have been. We’re seeing exciting new ideas and use cases, and it doesn’t hurt that there are so many developing countries that are in the process of going digital. Having a good team in place has made executing on our vision easier.

What’s the story behind how your company was founded?

Rightside spun off from Demand Media in August 2014. The spin off included Rightside’s legacy brands including Name.com and eNom.

How would you define your company strategy and vision? → Read More


Why Aren’t Domain Industry Lawyers UDRP Panelists?

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One thing I noticed is that it seems there are UDRP panelists who either represent clients in UDRP proceedings or work at law firms that represent clients in UDRP proceedings. Based on my own recollection, I don’t believe there are any domain name lawyers (who are also experienced in intellectual property law) who serve as a UDRP panelist.

When a domain owner has a domain name that is the subject of a UDRP proceeding, one would expect the UDRP panelist(s) to be experienced intellectual property attorneys. Understanding and having IP experience is necessary when considering cases involving IP-related issues.

That being said, I think every domain name investment industry lawyer has a background in intellectual property and trademark law. There are quite a few exceptional attorneys who regularly represent domain investor clients, and I don’t understand why none of them seem to serve as panelists for WIPO or NAF UDRP cases.

UDRP panelists need to be neutral when serving, and I would imagine domain investment industry attorneys can be as neutral as their counterparties who represent trademark owners. I can’t imagine this would be the issue.

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NamesCon Sponsor Spotlight on MMX

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Toby Hall MMXThere is less than a week to go until NamesCon 2017! As you know, we are busy getting ready for our largest — and best — conference to date! NamesCon attendees are already making great connections through our new mobile app and organizing their schedules to maximize their time. NamesCon tickets are still available to purchase — don’t miss out on the chance to attend the biggest domain name industry event in the world. People from all parts of the domain community are set to converge on the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from January 22-25, 2017.

We want to help you make the most of your conference, so we are running this interviews series introducing you to NamesCon Sponsors and the people behind the big names. Today’s Spotlight interview is with Toby Hall, CEO at MMX (also known as Minds & Machines).

What is your company’s mandate; what sets you apart?

In 2016, Michael and I went through the process of restructuring MMX from a vertically integrated business into a pure-play registry. This is allowing us to far better listen to our partners – registrars, domain investors and end businesses – to help them deliver success. At its core, we believe this culture of partnership is now helping both mend old bridges and build new ones. In short, this spirit of openness and partnership is now helping to set us apart.

Who benefits from your product or service?

We want to help everyone in the ecosystem make money – registrars, domain investors and end-consumer businesses.

What factors have contributed to your company’s growth and success? In 2016 the key moments have been:

1.   The successful restructuring of the business into a pure-play registry by outsourcing our technical back-end to Nominet and closing down our registrar operations;

2.   The expansion into the Chinese market through the launch of .VIP;

3.   Putting in place the steps to continue developing in 2017.

In 2017 a key focus will be to better monetize our premium inventory in the US and Europe as well as continue to developing usage in key vertical industries.

What major milestones has your company accomplished? → Read More


Are You Going to NamesCon?

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NamesCon 2017 is less than a week away! I bought my conference ticket many months ago and I booked my travel plans a couple of months ago. I will be arriving Saturday and headed out on a redeye on Tuesday night. There has always been a great turnout at NamesCon, and I understand a record setting attendance is expected this year.

Are you attending the conference? What are you most looking forward to during the conference?


NamesCon Sponsor Spotlight on Donuts

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donutsNamesCon 2017 is just over one week away and we are busy getting ready for our largest — and best — conference to date! Our attendees are already making great connections through our new mobile app and organizing their schedules to maximize their time at NamesCon. Tickets are still available to purchase — don’t miss out on the chance to attend the biggest domain name industry event in the world. People from all parts of the domain community are set to converge on the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from January 22-25, 2017.

We want to help you make the most of your conference, which is why we are running this interviews series introducing you to NamesCon Sponsors and the people behind the big names. Today’s Spotlight interview is with Mason Cole, VP of Communications & Industry Relations at Donuts Inc.

What is your company’s mandate; what sets you apart?

Donuts’ mandate corresponds to that of ICANN when it introduced the new TLD program: expand consumer choice and competition in the domain name space.  We did so with more than 300 applications for a wide variety of common and useful dictionary terms — we now operate almost 200 unique extensions.  Donuts is set apart by its strength and leadership — we’re a team of highly experienced domain industry professionals and lead the market in the number and variety of new TLDs.

Who benefits from your product or service? → Read More


Not Easy to Get Top Dollar for One Worders

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Someone mentioned my name in a NamePros thread the other day discussing one word .com domain names. The comment was “Single word domains don’t sell quickly. Just ask Elliot Silver…he has had words on the market for a while.” I tend to agree with the comment to a point.

In my opinion, meaningful one word .com domain names are highly liquid. They sell regularly, and there are at least 20 people that I know personally who actively pursue these domain names and will spend four, five, and six figures for the right .com domain names. I am always on the hunt for great one word .com domain names and it seems like I am competing with friends and colleagues to get these great dictionary .com names at fair prices. Without a doubt, meaningful one word .com domain names are among the most valuable types of domain names.

On the other hand, → Read More


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