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Beware of “Invoice Scams”

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I regularly use my email to discuss domain names with a variety of third parties. For over fifteen years, I must have exchanged emails with tens of thousands of different people at various entities. This morning, I received a personally addressed “invoice scam” email, and it is something people need to be mindful about.

Most spam emails I get seem to be hastily created. There may be spelling errors or the email may not really be addressed to me. This particular email was addressed to me and appeared to be from an authentic email account. The tip off for me was that the “from” address was different than the “reply to” address on the email. It was clear that the sender wanted me to think he was someone I communicated with via email at some point in time.

I did a quick search for the “from” email, and I see that I had once communicated with this entity several years ago regarding a domain name. My assumption is that this entity’s email address was hacked, and the hacker harvested → Read More


The Dumbest Response to a Domain Name Inquiry

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I have to share what I think is the dumbest response to a domain name inquiry that I have seen in a very long time. I asked about the price of a domain name that had a “for sale” message on its landing page, and here is the response I received:

“If you have to ask then you can’t afford it.”

Let that sink in for a second. I simply asked the domain owner for the price of his domain name, and this is the answer he gave me.

I think this is a pretty dumb response. First off, how is anyone going to know whether or not they can afford a domain name without the price? How else is someone suppose to get the price of the domain name without asking what the owner wants for it?

A buyer may be able to afford to pay 6 or 7 figures for a domain name, but being willing to pay that much depends on the purpose of the acquisition. Having the ability to pay a price for a domain name has little to do with whether they value the domain name at that price.

I can’t imagine going into my local → Read More


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.


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