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NamesCon Sponsor Spotlight: DomainSherpa


domainsherpa-com-logoWe hope you are having a great holiday! NamesCon is less than a month away, and we are running a series of Sponsor Spotlight articles focusing on the companies who are sponsoring NamesCon this year. Today’s Sponsor Spotlight interview is with Michael Cyger, founder of DomainSherpa.

NamesCon will be held at the Tropicana in Las Vegas January 22-25, 2017. We are expecting over 1,400 attendees at this year’s conference!

Thank you to Michael for sharing information about his company:

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

DomainSherpa publishes in-depth video interviews with successful domain name investors (“Sherpas”). Publisher Michael Cyger asks all the questions you want to know but might be afraid to ask yourself – like how much a domain name was purchased for, how much it sold for, where the negotiations started on each side, how they progressed, and how the valuation was made. It provides “insider” access into the domain name industry and presents all the details of how success is accomplished.
Who benefits from your product or service?

DomainSherpa serves a wide audience:

  • Small business owners who need to understand how to determine who owns a domain name
  • Entrepreneurs who need to understand how to value a domain name
  • Startup founders who need to learn to negotiate the purchase of a domain name
  • Attorneys who need to discover how the industry works, like the major escrow providers or services that can help find historical ownership information of domains
  • Domain name investors of every level, who need to advance their management, marketing and monetization skills and keep their investing perspective fresh.

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

After selling my media company in 2008, I attended quite a few startup events in Seattle, and it became clear that startup companies either had terrible brand names or had questions about how to acquire good domain names to match their brand. Often times they’d ask me, since I ran an online publishing company and had acquired domains in the past, but I never had all the answers. Just like them, I thought the domain name industry was opaque and hard to figure out. So I decided to do something about it. I launched DomainSherpa and dedicated myself to publishing information that helps anyone learn how to buy a great domain name and/or invest in domain names.

How will your company engage attendees at the upcoming NamesCon?

Everyone has a fun story, a unique investing strategy and semi-secret tactics, and if the time is right in their career, they may want to give back to the domain name community like they have received from others. DomainSherpa helps investors share a small portion of what has made them successful. Publisher Michael Cyger is interested in meeting and networking with as many attendees as possible during NamesCon who are ready to share now or might be in the future.

Where can attendees find out more about your company, product or services while at NamesCon?

Michael Cyger will be leading the “Domain Investing 101: A How-To Guide For Newcomers” roundtable discussion on Sunday, January 22nd from 12:00pm – 12:45pm. After that, he’ll be in the Networking Lane at the and tabletops. You can attend the DomainSherpa Review Live! session on Tuesday, January 24th from 11:00am – 11:45am and watch as Michael Cyger moderates the discussion with Sherpas Andrew Rosener, Frank Schilling and Shane Cultra. NamesCon attendees can submit their domain names for review (and maybe even an offer from the Sherpas) at

About The Contributor: Richard Lau is a domain name investor and industry expert. His holding companies include and he has been been involved in the operation of almost 100 ICANN registrars. He has received a host of honors including the 2004 inaugural Domainer of the Year award from the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference.

Lau serves on the Advisory Board to and is also an investor in,,,, and other name domain related companies.

Connect with Richard: Website | Twitter

Note: Contributing writers are not endorsed by Publisher (Elliot Silver) or Top Notch Domains, LLC.

Comments (1)

    Michael Cyger

    I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at NamesCon! Thanks for the highlight Elliot and Richard.

    December 26th, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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