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Summer Sunday Thoughts and Updates

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It’s highly likely that I am on my bicycle right now while you read this. I am starting out at 6am and will probably finish at around noon. Luckily, my wife is super understanding (she runs the Boston Marathon on the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team), and she watches the kids while I do my training rides. The support from the domain industry means a great deal to me, and what keeps me going is thinking about kids who are helped by Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund. Seeing tweets like these drives me to keep fundraising and pedaling.

Here are some domain industry thoughts and updates for the weekend:

When I was starting out in the domain space, I read forum posts from John Berryhill that offered good insight about domain name legal issues. On a couple of occasions when I had a concern, I called John to ask for some advice. John never charged me for his time answering these questions. If John has helped you, I am sure he would appreciate your support as he is also riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise funds for Dana-Farber. Even small donations show appreciation.

I think it would be great if DomainIQ or Whoisology → Read More


One Spot Remaining!

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Our 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge jersey is almost ready! We need support from one additional domain industry sponsor, and John Berryhill and I will be ready to rock our cycling jerseys! A donation of $500 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston via John’s PMC fundraiser or my PMC fundraiser will get your company’s logo on the back of our jersey.

With your help, John and I have raised over $10,000 for Dana-Farber this year. Both of us have a bit of a way to go to meet our fundraising goal and could really use your support. Even if the jersey sponsorship is too much, a donation of any size will be appreciated. All of the domain industry support we have received so far has been amazing!

There is room for two more logos on the back of the jersey, and since GoDaddy sponsored us earlier today, there a spot for ONE more industry sponsor’s logo! If you would like to be the last jersey sponsor for our ride, please post a comment so that multiple people/companies don’t donate. I would love to have more $500 donors, but the shirt will only accommodate one additional logo!

There are going to be a couple of additional changes made to the jersey coloring, and I hope to have a final version by Monday afternoon!

A hearty thank you to our sponsors so far:

  • Uniregistry
  • .Art Registry
  • BuyDomains
  • .Club Registry
  • Donuts
  • DSAD.com
  • GoDaddy
  • Igloo
  • NameCorp
  • NameJet
  • Telepathy
  • TheDomains.com
  • .Buzz (newly added!)

Update: .Buzz has sponsored our jersey!


Evil Genius Using a .Beer Domain Name

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Living in the Boston suburbs, I am lucky to have an abundance of great beer in my area. I regularly have awesome beers from Tree House, The Alchemist, Bissell Brothers, Jack’s Abbey, Maine Beer Company, Lawson’s Finest, Trillium, and quite a few other exceptional brewers from New England and beyond. I am a big fan of beer – especially good IPAs.

The other day on Twitter, I noticed a beer company using a .Beer domain name. Evil Genius Beer Company, a brewery in Philadelphia, uses the EvilGenius.Beer domain name. Although the domain name forwards to its website found at EvilGeniusBeer.com, the company is advertising and promoting its .Beer domain name on its beer cans:

Trevor Hayward, the co-founder of Evil Genius, told me why they chose to use a .Beer domain name when they could have simply used their EvilGeniusBeer.com domain name: → Read More


Video: Global Domain Summit 2017 Preview

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The Global Domain Summit is a domain conference in China being held in July. Simon Cousins, CEO of industry consulting firm Allegravita, told me that conference organizers are expecting 2,000 attendees this year (up from 1,000 invite-only attendees last year). The event runs from Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9 in Xiamen, China.

To preview this year’s conference Allegravita produced a video with English subtitles. From what I understand the event is mostly attended by domain investors from China, but there will be attendees and exhibitors from around the world participating.

If you have any questions about attending GDS 2017, you are welcome to post them in the comment section here or reach out directly to Simon.


Mike Berkens is “Ready for More”

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On occasion, I have read comments that called early domain investors like Mike Berkens “lucky” for getting into the domain investment business at an early stage. Some people have even said that those early birds couldn’t replicate their business if they started today. Well, those people are wrong.

Mike Berkens famously sold the majority of his company’s domain portfolio to GoDaddy for tens of millions of dollars in 2015. Mike could retire and/or live a life of luxury, traveling the world with Judi and never buy or sell a single domain name again. Mike is still buying and selling domain names, and he is continuing to prove that he is one of the smartest people in the business who could start over today and still do better than 99.9% of everyone else in the business.

Case in point:

Mike acquired the domain name ReadyForMore.com a little over a year ago at a public auction on DropCatch.com. Anyone could have bid against Mike and beat his bids, but he prevailed in the → Read More


CNBC Article Illustrates Positive Aspect of Dictionary .com

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Mike Berkens shared a link to a CNBC article on Twitter about a company called Blockchain that just raised $40 million in funding. I think the article is a good illustration about why it is important for a business that uses a descriptive brand name to operate on the exact match  .com domain name.

While reading the article on my iPhone, I noticed that there was no url for the startup referenced or embedded. I know the company is called Blockchain, and I also know they are in the blockchain / cryptocurrency business. There are quite a few companies with Blockchain in their branding.

I (correctly) assumed the company operates on Blockchain.com, so I was easily able to navigate to the website to learn more about them. This is the positive aspect of a → Read More


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