Agenda

Agenda

10:00 AM5:00 PM
Getting Engaged at ICANN – A Workshop for Registrars (and Prospective Registrars)

Getting Engaged at ICANN – A Workshop for Registrars (and Prospective Registrars)

Are you an ICANN-accredited Registrar? Would you like to become one? Are you curious about how Registrars affect domain name policies at ICANN? ICANN is hosting a seminar specifically for Registrars attending NamesCon 2019. Join us as we discuss the basics of ICANN and its community, the policy development process, the mechanics of ICANN contractual compliance and more. Come hear from experts in your field about Registrars’ place in the broader Internet ecosystem and walk away with the tools and knowledge to influence the domain name marketplace, seize future business opportunities, and be a leader at ICANN. Register here
Christopher Mondini
VP Global Stakeholder Engagement at ICANN

Christopher Mondini

VP Global Stakeholder Engagement

ICANN

Christopher Mondini leads stakeholder engagement in North America for ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Earlier in his career, he served as a U.S. diplomat and as a corporate investigator with Deloitte. His work with ICANN is focused on broadening participation among a variety of Internet stakeholders
Legend

External Event

12:00 AM
Master of ceremony

Master of ceremony

Braden Pollock, CEO of Legal Brand Marketing, is a veteran NamesCon emcee, having kept things running smoothly at events in the US and Europe. He knows the domaining industry like the back of his hand, and has been exploring adjacent technologies such as blockchain as well.
Braden Pollock
Owner at Legal Brand Marketing

Braden Pollock

Owner

Legal Brand Marketing

Braden is a technology angel investor, serial entrepreneur and domain investor who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, which focuses primarily on lead generation for attorneys in various legal practice areas. While he got his start in domaining focused on lawyer domains, he's now focused on one-word premium domains.
10:30 AM11:00 AM
Welcome Session

Welcome Session

Good morning, Las Vegas! Let’s set the tone for a productive, memorable, and fun NamesCon, our last in Las Vegas. This session will get you up to speed on what to expect over the next few days, and it’s never too early to start networking.
Soeren von Varchmin
CEO at NamesCon and CloudFest

Soeren von Varchmin

CEO

NamesCon and CloudFest

Soeren von Varchmin  is the CEO of NamesCon and CloudFest with a robust career in and an in-depth knowledge of the global cloud, hosting, internet infrastructure and domaining space.
Braden Pollock
Owner at Legal Brand Marketing

Braden Pollock

Owner

Legal Brand Marketing

Braden is a technology angel investor, serial entrepreneur and domain investor who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, which focuses primarily on lead generation for attorneys in various legal practice areas. While he got his start in domaining focused on lawyer domains, he's now focused on one-word premium domains.
Bill Sweetman
President at Name Ninja

Bill Sweetman

President

Name Ninja

Bill has extensive experience in the domain aftermarket (or secondary market) of premium domain names, and he’s provided strategic domain name advice to major companies for over 20 years. Bill runs Name Ninja, a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names.
11:00 AM11:05 AM
Overview of ICANN Anti-Abuse Contractual Requirements and Abuse Audit

Overview of ICANN Anti-Abuse Contractual Requirements and Abuse Audit

This overview will focus on the what, why, and how of ICANN’s contractual requirements around monitoring and mitigation, and the recent ICANN audit of registry-level anti-abuse activity and efforts.
Christopher Mondini
VP Global Stakeholder Engagement at ICANN

Christopher Mondini

VP Global Stakeholder Engagement

ICANN

Christopher Mondini leads stakeholder engagement in North America for ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Earlier in his career, he served as a U.S. diplomat and as a corporate investigator with Deloitte. His work with ICANN is focused on broadening participation among a variety of Internet stakeholders
11:05 AM11:30 AM
Building a Safer Internet While Fighting Abuse at Scale

Building a Safer Internet While Fighting Abuse at Scale

Anti-abuse at the domain registry level is controversial, not well understood, and complex to achieve. It is also, in some cases, contractually required. There is a lot of pressure on domain Registries to keep the Internet as safe as possible. Successfully maintaining a clean namespace while malicious registrations and security threats constantly evolve, as well as meeting new ICANN anti-abuse compliance requirements, can be a tall order. This session will provide you with information about a tool that will make it easier to manage abuse in the namespace and to meet compliance requirements seamlessly, and thereby automatically contribute to a safer Internet. There will also be a sneak preview of a brand new tool available to Registrars to help detect abuse patterns and trends.
Pinky Brand
Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales at RegistryOffice

Pinky Brand

Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales

RegistryOffice

Pinky Brand has 23 years of domain industry experience---many of those spent at the registry and registrar levels, and doing business in China.  He co-founded two startups and sold them to public companies. At RegistryOffice, Pinky helps clients leverage data, machine learning and AI to improve insight and grow their business, along with strategic, operational and policy consulting.
11:30 AM12:00 PM
Domaining Evolved: An insider’s guide to the best tools and hidden gems at Dynadot

Domaining Evolved: An insider’s guide to the best tools and hidden gems at Dynadot

Dynadot has built out tools and features from customer request and created efficiencies where we see deficiencies. It’s Dynadot’s goal to help people make money and save time. Navigate through what we’ve built and help get the best out of our products and services with this presentation.
Luke Burgess
Product Designer at Dynadot

Luke Burgess

Product Designer

Dynadot

Luke began with Dynadot in 2012 and has helped shape the very tools that domain investors use every day. From initial concept to execution, Luke has designed and overseen everything from an advanced website builder to a world class control panel.
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Just like at school, you have an hour to seek sustenance and quickly catch up with friends and new contacts. The Tropicana has several eating options, from a quick pizza slice to a sit-down meal; and you'll find even more within a short walk on the Strip.
The VIP-Lunch is served in the VIP area: Grab a bite to eat, sink into a comfy couch and catch a Q&A session with one of our top speakers. You'll need your VIP badge to enter the Lounge.
1:00 PM1:30 PM
Fireside Chat with WIPO and the ICA

Fireside Chat with WIPO and the ICA

Brian Beckham from WIPO will sit down with Zak Muscovitch from ICA and discuss the UDRP and share their perspectives. Hear their concerns about potential changes to the UDRP.

Zak Muscovitch
General Councel at Internet Commerce Association

Zak Muscovitch

General Councel

Internet Commerce Association

Zak Muscovitch has practiced international domain name law since 1999 and is General Counsel to the Internet Commerce Association (the “ICA”). The ICA, based in Washington DC, has been the voice of the domain name investment community since 2006, and advocates for domain name registrant rights
Brian Beckham
Internet Dispute Resolution Section at WIPO

Brian Beckham

Internet Dispute Resolution Section

WIPO

Brian Beckham is a US-trained lawyer who currently heads up WIPO’s Internet Dispute Resolution Section. In this role he manages ICANN policy matters and oversees a team that manages 3,000 UDRP cases per year. Prior to this Brian was Head of Legal Policy at the new gTLD consultancy Valideus where he led successful negotiations with ICANN on special contract provisions for “dot-brand” new TLD applicants. Brian also led a WIPO team which successfully proposed the paperless “eUDRP” to ICANN [in 2009].
1:30 PM2:00 PM
Turn Your Premium Domain Into A Recurring Revenue Business

Turn Your Premium Domain Into A Recurring Revenue Business

What is better than a great domain? Turning that domain into a business that generates income every month.
In this session Drew Wash shares the business model that he uses to turn premium domains into recurring revenue businesses.
Drew Wash
Founder and CEO at Moving Sites LLC.

Drew Wash

Founder and CEO

Moving Sites LLC.

A domainer since 2000 experience has shown that a premium domain can be more than a great addition to an existing business, it can create a business from scratch. I use premium domains and simple web develop to create millions in recurring revenue on sites like Towing.com and Moving company.com. I will also share the development status of domains purchased at NC18 WeddingPhotos.com and Bodyguards.com which are currently being developed using our model.
2:00 PM2:30 PM
The intersection between ICANN TLDs and Blockchain

The intersection between ICANN TLDs and Blockchain

Toby Hall
CEO at MMX

Toby Hall

CEO

MMX

Toby Hall is a highly experienced marketeer who has supported a series of fast growth public and private businesses in the Internet and natural resources sector over the last twenty  years. He was formally appointed to the Board of Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX) as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016 and has led the Group as it restructured into a pure-play registry and successfully opened up the China market through the launch of .vip which received Chinese Government MIIT approval in December 2016. Under his stewardship, MMX has continued to grow its market presence and operating profits through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisition and innovation. Toby divides his time between the US, Europe and Asia.
2:30 PM3:00 PM
Domain Names on the Blockchain

Domain Names on the Blockchain

Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize and enhance the creation, functionality, and security of domain name resolution services. We'll take a look at the current progress of blockchain technology to extend and enhance domain name services and the emerging applications - from payments to online identity - set to change user interaction online.
Matthew Gould
Founder & CEO at Unstoppable Domains Inc.

Matthew Gould

Founder & CEO

Unstoppable Domains Inc.

Matthew is a co-founder of Unstoppable Domains, an Ethereum startup that's putting domain names on the blockchain. His company won a grant from the Ethereum Foundation for their developer tools and recently won the grant to build the Zilliqa Naming Service - a blockchain based domain name service on the Zilliqa blockchain.
3:00 PM3:30 PM
DOMAIN MANAGEMENT IS DEAD – LONG LIVE THE PLATFORM REVOLUTION

DOMAIN MANAGEMENT IS DEAD – LONG LIVE THE PLATFORM REVOLUTION

In the past, closed ecosystems dominated the domain market. In general, customers had to cope with rigid domain management interfaces regardless of the type of their individual business. But the market has changed significantly. Nowadays, pros expect more than just pure functionality. Nevertheless, there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. With our revolutionary AutoDNS platform, we took the first steps towards a new modular future. Marco Revesz will give you a brief explanation of how the new AutoDNS will enable you to take the best from all domain worlds and merge it with your own highly customizable platform. But – to put it in the word of Morpheus – “unfortunately, no one can be told what the platform revolution is. You have to see it for yourself.”
Marco Revesz
Business Innovation Evangelist at InterNetX

Marco Revesz

Business Innovation Evangelist

InterNetX

Marco Revesz is responsible for the development, implementation and optimization of the new AutoDNS platform. As a specialist in business process optimization he has been active as IT consultant for more than 20 years.
3:30 PM4:00 PM
Secrets to triple your TM typo earnings

Secrets to triple your TM typo earnings

Monetizing typos is tricky. A wrong step could mean legal trouble. If you're parking it, you're selling short. Come discover how we solve a unique problem for brands and help domain owners make up to three times more than standard parking sans the legal risk.
Lavin Punjabi
President & CEO at SitePlug

Lavin Punjabi

President & CEO at SitePlug

Lavin is an ad-tech entrepreneur. He leads 4 business units under the Affinity umbrella – SitePlug, mCanvas, OneDash.ai, and Affinity Yield Solutions. He has been associated with the domain industry since 2004. In 2015, he co-founded ‘SitePlug’, a domain monetization platform which connects 1,000 brands to over 60,000 typo domains.
4:00 PM5:00 PM
Learn how to price and sell your portfolio

Learn how to price and sell your portfolio

Haseeb Tariq will walk you through on how to use Marketing Automation, while giving valuable advice for building your own personal portfolio and influence.
Haseeb Tariq
Formerly, Marketing Automation at Guess.com

Haseeb Tariq

Formerly, Marketing Automation

Guess.com

Haseeb is a Marketing leader working at Fox (TV, News & Sports) & Guess.com with 10 + years of experience. He sold​ 9 Startups and 25+ premium domains at the age of 20 to fortune 500 companies. Haseeb Tariq's Social Influence is over ​155,000​ on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.
6:00 PM8:00 PM
Women in Domaining Cocktails and Canapes

Women in Domaining Cocktails and Canapes

Each year NamesCon offers a space for female-identified professionals in the technology, internet, and domaining industries to connect over shared passions (and wine). Join your colleagues for drinks and canapes to celebrate industry milestones and look at what lies ahead. Ladies of the domaining industry can re-register for free: nc.events/wid2019
8:00 PM11:59 PM
.GLOBAL Opening Reception (HAVANA ROOM)

.GLOBAL Opening Reception (HAVANA ROOM)

And so it begins! Let us welcome you to NamesCon Global 2019 with some drinks, snacks, and music.
Reconnect with friends, talk shop, and plan some Vegas-style mischief. Toast with us to a successful year ahead!
Legend

Expert Track

Keynote

Event

12:00 AM
Master of ceremony

Master of ceremony

Bill Sweetman, President of Name Ninja, has been in the domaining game for more than two decades. He asks the right questions to bring the most out of each presentation and session. As a former film critic, he’s always ready with a quick turn of phrase.
Bill Sweetman
President at Name Ninja

Bill Sweetman

President

Name Ninja

Bill has extensive experience in the domain aftermarket (or secondary market) of premium domain names, and he’s provided strategic domain name advice to major companies for over 20 years. Bill runs Name Ninja, a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names.
11:00 AM11:30 AM
Domain Investing 101: The 6 Domain Types, 23 Characteristics & Impact on Your Domain Name Valuations

Domain Investing 101: The 6 Domain Types, 23 Characteristics & Impact on Your Domain Name Valuations

Investing is digital real estate can produce bigger results than physical real estate, with lower ongoing costs and less risk. In this session, you'll learn about the six asset classes of domain names, how much each sells for, what characteristics drive the best sales, and how to get started in the industry.
Michael Cyger
Founder & Publisher at DNAcademy

Michael Cyger

Founder & Publisher

DNAcademy

Called "the best educator” in the industry, Michael Cyger teaches investors, startup founders and marketers how to achieve their domain name goals. He is founder and former host of the award-winning DomainSherpa video show and podcast, Domain Hall of Fame inductee, and founder/lead instructor of DNAcademy, an accelerated learning course for domain names.
11:30 AM12:00 PM
The 3 B’s of Developing Domains: Buy, Build, Benefit

The 3 B’s of Developing Domains: Buy, Build, Benefit

Learn how to develop your domain to generate recurring revenue while also increasing the domain name’s value. This session will cover domain development, SEO, PPC, SMM and a real life example of the revenue and value-creating potential of developing your domains.
Alex Melen
Co-Founder at SmartSites

Alex Melen

Co-Founder

SmartSites

Alex Melen is an Award-Winning Serial Entrepreneur & Keynote Speaker. He is the founder and CEO of web hosting company T35 Hosting (founded 1997) and advertising agency SmartSites (founded 2011). SmartSites now manages over $20MM/year in advertising spend and has 6 offices worldwide. Alex has been featured in Business Week's Top 25 Entrepreneurs, Bloomberg, Forbes, NPR & more.
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Just like at school, you have an hour to seek sustenance and quickly catch up with friends and new contacts. The Tropicana has several eating options, from a quick pizza slice to a sit-down meal; and you'll find even more within a short walk on the Strip.
The VIP-Lunch is served in the VIP area: Grab a bite to eat, sink into a comfy couch and catch a Q&A session with one of our top speakers. You'll need your VIP badge to enter the Lounge.
1:00 PM1:30 PM
Domain Investing 201: Turning Your Domain Name Hobby Into a Profitable Business

Domain Investing 201: Turning Your Domain Name Hobby Into a Profitable Business

If you're tired of losing money, you want an alternate retirement income, or you're thinking of venturing full-time into domain name investing -- this is the presentation to attend. As an extension of the "Domain Name Investing 101" presentation from 11 AM, you'll learn the five ways to buy domains at wholesale, the 10 critical aspects to track your portfolio, the only six ways you can sell a domain name (and which is best for your type of domain name), and three questions that lead to healthy portfolio hygiene.
Michael Cyger
Founder & Publisher at DNAcademy

Michael Cyger

Founder & Publisher

DNAcademy

Called "the best educator” in the industry, Michael Cyger teaches investors, startup founders and marketers how to achieve their domain name goals. He is founder and former host of the award-winning DomainSherpa video show and podcast, Domain Hall of Fame inductee, and founder/lead instructor of DNAcademy, an accelerated learning course for domain names.
1:30 PM2:00 PM
How to use your domain to meet your idol

How to use your domain to meet your idol

Learn tactics you can implement today to make your domain name a place your idol wants to be featured on. Then learn the outreach techniques to get yes 9/10 times instead of 1/10 times when it comes to reaching out to your top idol, mentor, investor or even a high net worth customer.  
Matt Holmes
Founder / CEO at www.handshakin.com

Matt Holmes

Founder / CEO

www.handshakin.com

Matt "Handshakin" Holmes is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and world record holder. He is Founder of Handshakin.com where he helps entrepreneurs leverage their personal brand to drive more leads.  
2:00 PM2:30 PM
Domain Auctions and Brokerage: A Path to Monetizing Your Domains

Domain Auctions and Brokerage: A Path to Monetizing Your Domains

The perfect primer to the live NamesCon Domain Auction on Monday afternoon! Join our auction partners to learn the ins and outs of how to select your best names for submission, how to appraise names, and insider tips on how to take part during the live event.
Monte Cahn
CEO at RightOfTheDot, LLC

Monte Cahn

CEO

RightOfTheDot, LLC

Monte is Founder / President of RightOfTheDot, LLC, with over 20 years of experience as a licensed business & domain auction company, Internet consulting and advisement firm specializing in new and existing TLD strategy, Contention Resolution Services, board advisement, premium domain auctions, market positioning, sales and services.
Jonathan Tenenbaum
General Manager at NameJet

Jonathan Tenenbaum

General Manager

NameJet

Jonathan Tenenbaum is General Manager of NameJet, the world’s leading domain name auction platform. As a recovering lawyer, Jonathan previously served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for NameJet while he was a member of the Web.com legal team. Prior to working at Web.com, Jonathan was EVP and General Counsel for Solid Cactus; an e-commerce services provider that was acquired by Web.com in 2009. He has over a decade of experience in the Internet space with a special focus on domains, e-commerce, online services, cyberlaw and intellectual property. In addition, Jonathan has served on several ICANN workgroups and has previously co-hosted the Domain Masters podcast on WebmasterRadio.fm, all of which further expanded his knowledge and understanding of the domain industry. Over the years, Jonathan has also been engaged in numerous acquisitions, transactions and projects involving Internet businesses, including Web.com’s acquisitions of Register.com and Network Solutions.
2:30 PM3:00 PM
The DNA of the DNA: A Positive Voice For Our Evolving Industry

The DNA of the DNA: A Positive Voice For Our Evolving Industry

Meet the people who provide a positive voice for our industry and learn about the mission to spread the message of innovation, value and the benefits of Domain Names, DNS and TLDs as crucial Internet technology.  When reporters or investors want to understand the domain marketplace, do you want them to talk to ICANN to hear about policy and governance, or a trade association more focused on positive commercial activity and growth of the market?
Jothan Frakes
Executive Director at The Domain Name Association

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director

The Domain Name Association

Jothan Frakes is the Co-founder of the recently launched merge.show, but is more widely known as the co-founder of NamesCon. Jothan is a member of the Domain Name Association (DNA), the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), Internet Society (ISOC), the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) and is a trusted industry expert in virtually all parts of the TLD DNS ecosystem for over 20 years. He has held leadership roles for registries, registrars, and key service providers at industry giants such as KPMG, Verisign (VRSN), Minds+Machines (MMX), eNIC, Moniker, and ICANN. He holds Internet and domain related patents with Verisign and Oracle. Seeing a need for community and dialog in the industry, he cofounded three of the most successful domain industry conferences — NamesCon, DOMAINFest, and Domain Roundtable.
3:00 PM3:30 PM
Common Legal Mistakes Domainers Make

Common Legal Mistakes Domainers Make

Hear from Zak Muscovitch, about the legal tips and tricks he has learned over the course of 20 years as veteran domain name lawyer representing the biggest domain name investors in the industry.
Zak Muscovitch
General Councel at Internet Commerce Association

Zak Muscovitch

General Councel

Internet Commerce Association

Zak Muscovitch has practiced international domain name law since 1999 and is General Counsel to the Internet Commerce Association (the “ICA”). The ICA, based in Washington DC, has been the voice of the domain name investment community since 2006, and advocates for domain name registrant rights
3:30 PM4:00 PM
Domain Name Cash Flows: Leasing, Financing and Structuring

Domain Name Cash Flows: Leasing, Financing and Structuring

What is there in the value of the domain names? What financial instruments one can apply to maximise the cash flows? Mark will be sharing tips & tricks from 10+ years of domain name brokerage, leasing and valuation experience.
Mark Kychma
Partner at DNPric.es & Registra.rs

Mark Kychma

Partner

DNPric.es & Registra.rs

Prior to his career in domaining industry and promoting DNPric.es/ Registra.rs along with brokering and leasing domain names, Mark also covered technologies at a private equity fund, and helped many companies with nearshoring their IT operations, saving them millions. He holds a doctorate degree in software engineering and MBA in finance.
6:00 PM8:00 PM
Women in Domaining Cocktails and Canapes

Women in Domaining Cocktails and Canapes

Each year NamesCon offers a space for female-identified professionals in the technology, internet, and domaining industries to connect over shared passions (and wine). Join your colleagues for drinks and canapes to celebrate industry milestones and look at what lies ahead. Ladies of the domaining industry can re-register for free: nc.events/wid2019
8:00 PM11:59 PM
.GLOBAL Opening Reception (HAVANA ROOM)

.GLOBAL Opening Reception (HAVANA ROOM)

And so it begins! Let us welcome you to NamesCon Global 2019 with some drinks, snacks, and music.
Reconnect with friends, talk shop, and plan some Vegas-style mischief. Toast with us to a successful year ahead!
Legend

Newcomer Track

Event

12:00 AM
Master of ceremony

Master of ceremony

Bill Sweetman, President of Name Ninja, has been in the domaining game for more than two decades. He asks the right questions to bring the most out of each presentation and session. As a former film critic, he’s always ready with a quick turn of phrase.
Bill Sweetman
President at Name Ninja

Bill Sweetman

President

Name Ninja

Bill has extensive experience in the domain aftermarket (or secondary market) of premium domain names, and he’s provided strategic domain name advice to major companies for over 20 years. Bill runs Name Ninja, a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names.
9:45 AM10:00 AM
Morning Movement Monday

Morning Movement Monday

Start the day with a conference work-out and learn how you can get the most from NamesCon. Be prepared to have some fun, a few laughs and maybe even win a prize as we kick off the day’s proceedings.

Moderator

Michael Gilmour
Co-Founder at ParkLogic

Michael Gilmour

Co-Founder

ParkLogic

Michael served as a director of the prestigious Australian Internet Industry Association and contributed to forming Internet industry policies for; cyber-crime, copyright and chaired the committee for establishing the online advertising standards for Australia. Michael has been a domain investor for over 17 years, a co-founder of domain monetization company ParkLogic and writer of the popular blog whizzbangsblog.com.
10:00 AM11:00 AM
Insights and Inspiration with Bhavin Turakhia: From Founder To Billionaire

Insights and Inspiration with Bhavin Turakhia: From Founder To Billionaire

Bhavin Turakhia has been in the domain name industry for over 20 years, and has achieved success that most of us could only dream of. His is a fascinating story, starting out as a young person in India, and bootstrapping a small web hosting startup that he turned into a billion dollar empire. Bhavin is a problem solver, leader, and visionary with tremendous insights to share about leadership styles that work in the tech space, and how our industry can develop real business strategies that produce results. Turakhia joins us on the NamesCon stage to share vital insights and statistics on the ngTLD industry, followed by a fireside chat and q&A with NamesCon CEO Soeren Von Varchmin, where we will learn how he achieved his successes, and we explore the lessons that companies in the domain space can take away from his experiences.
Bhavin Turakhia
Founder & CEO at Flock / Radix

Bhavin Turakhia

Founder & CEO

Flock / Radix

Bhavin Turakhia has been in the domain name industry for over 20 years, and has achieved success that most of us could only dream of. His is a fascinating story, starting out as a young person in India, and bootstrapping a small web hosting startup that he turned into a billion dollar empire. Bhavin is a problem solver, leader, and visionary with tremendous insights to share about leadership styles that work in the tech space, and how our industry can develop real business strategies that produce results. Turakhia joins us on the NamesCon stage to share vital insights and statistics on the ngTLD industry, followed by a fireside chat and Q&A, where we will learn how he achieved his successes, and we explore the lessons that companies in the domain space can take away from his experiences.
11:00 AM12:00 PM
Domain Trends and Insights

Domain Trends and Insights

Paul Nicks
VP & GM, Aftermarket at GoDaddy

Paul Nicks

VP & GM, Aftermarket

GoDaddy

As senior director of GoDaddy‘s aftermarket division, Paul sets the strategic direction for the product, sales, and support teams that are key to GoDaddy’s focus on domain investors. Prior to joining the GoDaddy family in 2007, Paul spent seven years as a software engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Capella University and an MBA from Arizona State University. Paul enjoys spending his free time with his wife of 14 years and his two sons.
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Just like at school, you have an hour to seek sustenance and quickly catch up with friends and new contacts. The Tropicana has several eating options, from a quick pizza slice to a sit-down meal; and you'll find even more within a short walk on the Strip.
The VIP-Lunch is served in the VIP area: Grab a bite to eat, sink into a comfy couch and catch a Q&A session with one of our top speakers. You'll need your VIP badge to enter the Lounge.
1:00 PM2:00 PM
Storytelling in Sales: How to Spin a Yarn and Land a Whale

Storytelling in Sales: How to Spin a Yarn and Land a Whale

As a writer, brand strategist, and premium domain broker, everything I do is rooted in story. Story is the only way to break through the clutter of information overload in this digital age and truly connect human to human. We sell stories more than we sell domains, services or products. This talk will cover the importance of storytelling both for brands seeking to attract new customers, as well as for outbound marketers selling to companies or individuals.
Kate Buckley
CEO at Buckley Media

Kate Buckley

CEO

Buckley Media

Kate Buckley is Founder/CEO of Buckley Media, a premium domain and branding agency, specializing in brokering and monetizing ultra-premium .COMs. Her background includes top ad agencies, as well as two decades with the Castello Brothers, branding and monetizing their portfolio of premium .COMs. Kate’s also an award-winning poet and author—and the Poet Laureate Emerita of Laguna Beach, CA. A ninth-generation Kentuckian, she’s made her home in Southern California since 1998.
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Fireside Chat with Richard Lau and Mac Nagaswami – Betting on a Busboy: Domain+idea to $5m Annual Revenue

Fireside Chat with Richard Lau and Mac Nagaswami – Betting on a Busboy: Domain+idea to $5m Annual Revenue

Taking a domain and an idea to $5 million in annual revenue. Come and hear exactly how it was done. This is not theory, this is real-life. Richard Lau, Founder of NamesCon, will extract the juicy art-of-the-deal details of Mac Nagaswami's domain-centric business idea. Would you bet on a busboy? Are you looking at your domain sales with creativity that gives you a share of the upside? If you own domains, or are curious about how end-users approach the acquisition process, this is a must-attend event. Learn what actually happened in this real-case-study look and see how you can apply it to your next domain deal.
Mac Nagaswami
CEO at Carvertise

Mac Nagaswami

CEO

Carvertise

Mac Nagaswami is the Co-Founder and CEO of Carvertise - an advertising company that specializes in the new media format of car advertising. Since founding the business as a student at the University of Delaware in 2014, Mac has grown Carvertise to become a multi-million dollar company with 150% year-over-year revenue growth. With a driver network of over 300,000 registered drivers across the USA, Carvertise has successfully launched 100’s of advertising campaigns across the country for brand partners such as Crayola, Sprint, Empire Today and Buffalo Wild Wings. Carvertise was named DIW's Startup of the Year and has been covered by major press outlets including Forbes and Inc Magazine.

Moderator

Richard Lau
Founder at NamesCon

Richard Lau

Founder

NamesCon

Richard Lau is well known throughout the domain name industry having started the NamesCon conference, being involved in many registrars, and being an avid cheerleader of the WaterSchool charity. After founding NamesCon (now owned by WHD/GoDaddy), Richard has moved on to concentrate on developing out domain names such as Resume.com (recently sold to Indeed).    
3:30 PM4:00 PM
Awards: Escrow Domain Awards, ICA Lonnie Brock Award
(Afilias Lounge)

Awards: Escrow Domain Awards, ICA Lonnie Brock Award
(Afilias Lounge)

The Escrow Domain Awards celebrate the top 10 domainers on the escrow.com platform—Join us to see who they are. The Lonnie Borck Award is awarded each year to for distinguished service to the domain industry.
4:00 PM7:00 PM
Domain Auction – you gotta bid to win!

Domain Auction – you gotta bid to win!

The live domain auction is a fast-paced and exciting highlight of NamesCon. Register, grab a paddle, and score that hot name for investment or branding. Bring your experience, imagination, and nerves into play against those in the room as well as online bidders. More: namescon.global/domain-auction
Wayne Wheat
World Champion Auctioneer at The Clear Auctioneer

Wayne Wheat

World Champion Auctioneer

The Clear Auctioneer

Wayne Wheat is a highly sought-after Motivational Speaker, Master of Ceremonies and Professional Auctioneer. As a former U.S.Army Captain he developed the winning traits needed to become a successful entrepreneur as well as a world-class coach to some of the top rated Pole Vaulters in the U.S.A.

Moderator

Monte Cahn
CEO at RightOfTheDot, LLC

Monte Cahn

CEO

RightOfTheDot, LLC

Monte is Founder / President of RightOfTheDot, LLC, with over 20 years of experience as a licensed business & domain auction company, Internet consulting and advisement firm specializing in new and existing TLD strategy, Contention Resolution Services, board advisement, premium domain auctions, market positioning, sales and services.
6:00 PM9:00 PM
ICA Dinner at NamesCon 2019

ICA Dinner at NamesCon 2019

Join the Internet Commerce association for food, drink, and conversation. This external event will be held at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay. Enjoy a delicious meal while mingling with industry leaders in a relaxed atmosphere. For tickets and more info, visit icadinner2019.eventbrite.com.
Legend

Event

Keynote

Session

Panel

External Event

Domain Auction

12:00 AM
Master of ceremony

Master of ceremony

Braden Pollock, CEO of Legal Brand Marketing, is a veteran NamesCon emcee, having kept things running smoothly at events in the US and Europe. He knows the domaining industry like the back of his hand, and has been exploring adjacent technologies such as blockchain as well.
Braden Pollock
Owner at Legal Brand Marketing

Braden Pollock

Owner

Legal Brand Marketing

Braden is a technology angel investor, serial entrepreneur and domain investor who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, which focuses primarily on lead generation for attorneys in various legal practice areas. While he got his start in domaining focused on lawyer domains, he's now focused on one-word premium domains.
11:00 AM11:45 AM
Domain Sales Optimization Strategies

Domain Sales Optimization Strategies

There are many moving parts in high-stakes domain sales - SEO, data, market history, trust, and branding all come into play in order to close that big deal. Meet our panel of experts who have made multi high-stake domain sales and will teach you how to work smarter, not just harder.
George Hong
CEO at Guta Inc.

George Hong

CEO

Guta Inc.

George Hong is a long-time domain investor, owner of some super premium domains such as mama.com, zuqiu.com(soccer in Chinese) and the winner of the inaugural Escrow.com broker of the year award(masters of domains award). George is graduated with Master’s degrees in Mathematics and Computer & Information Sciences from Temple University.
Yancy Naughton
Founder at Has Traffic

Yancy Naughton

Founder

Has Traffic

Longtime advertising industry veteran, founder and partner of HasTraffic, WantsTraffic, CPC Email Exchange, Namerific, HasOffice. Full Time contractor on launches of Elephant Traffic (2010) and ZeroPark (2012). Early adopter of multi channel performance based advertisement as founder of NSRS (1992 to 1998, now move.com) Golfer Magazines (1994 to 2003, now Golfer Guide) and The Real Estate Book. Yancy Naughton is also a frequent speaker and presenter at various new media conferences.
Dave Evanson
Senior Broker at SEDO

Dave Evanson

Senior Broker

SEDO

Dave Evanson has over 35 years of experience in high level consumer, B2B marketing and strategic planning. He joined Sedo.com in 2010 and has brokered tens of millions of dollars in premium domain names. Prior to Sedo, Dave brokered independently while running a global management consulting firm for 20 years. Before that, he worked at Senior Vice President, Marketing level for two of the nation's largest banks. Evanson has been honored with The Domain Broker of the Year Award in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Simon Saleem
Domain Broker at Above.com

Simon Saleem

Domain Broker

Above.com

Simon is a domain broker for Above.com who specializes in both domain monetization and brokerage. As a top-producing leader in domain sales and online advertising, his client-focused and downright fun organizational cultures are proven to increase sales as well as customer satisfaction. 
Todd Cantwell
Senior Sales Manager at Afternic/GoDaddy

Todd Cantwell

Senior Sales Manager

Afternic/GoDaddy

Todd is a Senior Sales Manager with GoDaddy and oversees the Afternic and Namefind Inbound Sales teams. He has over 20 years of sales management experience including the last 7 years with Afternic/GoDaddy. His expertise is negotiating the sale of domains.
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Just like at school, you have an hour to seek sustenance and quickly catch up with friends and new contacts. The Tropicana has several eating options, from a quick pizza slice to a sit-down meal; and you'll find even more within a short walk on the Strip.
The VIP-Lunch is served in the VIP area: Grab a bite to eat, sink into a comfy couch and catch a Q&A session with one of our top speakers. You'll need your VIP badge to enter the Lounge.
1:00 PM2:00 PM
Domain Connect – An Open Standard for Configuring DNS

Domain Connect – An Open Standard for Configuring DNS

Users don’t understand DNS. Configuring a service, such as email or web hosting, to work with a domain name has traditionally been a complex task that frustrates your customers. These frustrations can cause measurable impacts on your business, including heightened support costs, shrinking NPS and lower renewal rates. Domain Connect is a protocol that makes it easy for your users to configure DNS. Hear about the impact this open technology is driving from companies who have adopted the standard.
Christopher Ambler
Principal Architect at GoDaddy

Christopher Ambler

Principal Architect

GoDaddy

Christopher Ambler is a Principal Architect at GoDaddy, where he keeps the tubes and wires of the Internet in top working order. He’s been involved with the Internet since the 1980s, having participated in almost all aspects of development, business and governance. In his copious spare time, he enjoys traveling, writing science fiction, photography and poker (not necessarily in that order).
Timothy Heeney
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft

Timothy Heeney

Principal Program Manager

Microsoft

I am a Principal PM on the M365 admin team that has been with Microsoft for over 12 years. I started serving our customers in support, then supportability, and more recently as a PM responsible for creating an onboarding and admin experience in M365 that raises the bar.

Lisa Box
Vice President of Strategic Alliances at WP Engine

Lisa Box

Vice President of Strategic Alliances

WP Engine

 

Moderator

Jothan Frakes
Executive Director at The Domain Name Association

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director

The Domain Name Association

Jothan Frakes is the Co-founder of the recently launched merge.show, but is more widely known as the co-founder of NamesCon. Jothan is a member of the Domain Name Association (DNA), the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), Internet Society (ISOC), the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) and is a trusted industry expert in virtually all parts of the TLD DNS ecosystem for over 20 years. He has held leadership roles for registries, registrars, and key service providers at industry giants such as KPMG, Verisign (VRSN), Minds+Machines (MMX), eNIC, Moniker, and ICANN. He holds Internet and domain related patents with Verisign and Oracle. Seeing a need for community and dialog in the industry, he cofounded three of the most successful domain industry conferences — NamesCon, DOMAINFest, and Domain Roundtable.
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Trendline On The Global Importance of DNS and Domains

Trendline On The Global Importance of DNS and Domains

With a lot of today’s AI, IoT, and fintech, domains are used on the back-end and users never see them, and in some cases only IP addresses are used. Indeed, the entire field of voice activated home automation occurs without users once seeing a domain name. Is technology’s future charting a downward trend for the importance of the DNS and domain names? At the same time, major projects launched in 2018 built on the premise of associating domain names with identity. From innovative projects leveraging blockchain in the DNS to programs that use the OpenID Connect standard to associate identity with a domain name, there are plenty of people betting on the importance of domains in the future. So are opportunities growing or diminishing? Paul Mockapetris, father of the DNS, will lead a panel of experts that will debate the trendline on the global importance of domains and the DNS.
Elliot Noss
President and Chief Executive Officer at Tucows, Inc.

Elliot Noss

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tucows, Inc.

I am a lifer at Tucows and a lover of the Open Internet. I spend my time these days figuring out how to get Fiber-to-the-home to as many people as possible. Faster, more reliable Internet is a platform for everything else
Rolf Larsen
CEO at .GLOBAL

Rolf Larsen

CEO

.GLOBAL

Rolf is a disruptive innovator and a long-standing, recognized pioneer in Internet access, registrar and web hosting services in Europe and Scandinavia. He has founded multiple technology businesses, has 25 years of experience in the domain industry and is currently CEO of the .GLOBAL registry and co-founder of RegistryOffice.
Toby Hall
CEO at MMX

Toby Hall

CEO

MMX

Toby Hall is a highly experienced marketeer who has supported a series of fast growth public and private businesses in the Internet and natural resources sector over the last twenty  years. He was formally appointed to the Board of Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX) as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016 and has led the Group as it restructured into a pure-play registry and successfully opened up the China market through the launch of .vip which received Chinese Government MIIT approval in December 2016. Under his stewardship, MMX has continued to grow its market presence and operating profits through a combination of organic growth, strategic acquisition and innovation. Toby divides his time between the US, Europe and Asia.

Moderator

Paul Mockapetris
Inventor of DNS and SMTP

Paul Mockapetris

Inventor of DNS and SMTP

Paul Mockapetris, the inventor of the Domain Name System (DNS), is Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board at Nominum, Inc. His mission is to help guide DNS and IP addressing to the next stage. Paul created DNS in the 1980s at USC’s Information Sciences Institute, where he was later the Director of ISI’s High Performance Computing and Communications Division. Throughout his career, Paul has contributed to the computing research community and to the evolution of the Internet. His earliest work at UC Irvine on distributed systems and LAN technology preceded the commercial Ethernet and Token Ring designs. Paul was program manager for networking at ARPA in the early 1990s, supervising efforts such as gigabit and optical networking. From 1995 on, Paul held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley networking startups, including @Home, Software.com (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), and Siara (now Redback Networks). Paul’s mission at Nominum is to help guide DNS and IP addressing to the next stage. Paul has dual B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine
3:00 PM4:00 PM
What is my domain worth?

What is my domain worth?

Like the song says, you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em... Learn more about the trends shaping domain-name selling prices this year. Let a panel of marketplace experts, including sales agents, senior domainers, and even GoDaddy's AI, appraise your own domains in real time. Then head straight into the Domain Auction with new tools at your disposal!
Dave Evanson
Senior Broker at SEDO

Dave Evanson

Senior Broker

SEDO

Dave Evanson has over 35 years of experience in high level consumer, B2B marketing and strategic planning. He joined Sedo.com in 2010 and has brokered tens of millions of dollars in premium domain names. Prior to Sedo, Dave brokered independently while running a global management consulting firm for 20 years. Before that, he worked at Senior Vice President, Marketing level for two of the nation's largest banks. Evanson has been honored with The Domain Broker of the Year Award in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Andrew Rosener
CEO at Media Options

Andrew Rosener

CEO

Media Options

Andrew Rosener is CEO of MediaOptions, an industry leading domain brokerage firm, as well as an active domain investor, angel investor and serial-entrepreneur. Andrew and his company has won Domain Broker of the Year 3 times, as well as numerous other accolades. He is a recognized thought leader in naming, domain names & digital media.
Joe Styler
Aftermarket Product Manager at GoDaddy

Joe Styler

Aftermarket Product Manager

GoDaddy

Joe Styler currently serves as Community Manager for the Aftermarket at GoDaddy. Joe is primarily responsible for the voice of the customer at GoDaddy’s Aftermarket.

Previously Joe has served in other Director and supervisory roles at GoDaddy during his 13 year tenure with the company. He is a frequent blogger, speaker, and enthusiast of education around domain name investing.

His passion is seeing his customers become successful in their business goals when using the Aftermarket. He has been interested helping people with transactions on the Internet for over 20 years. Joe received his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and his Masters in Divinity from Gordon Conwell in Massachusetts.

6:00 PM9:00 PM
ICA Dinner at NamesCon 2019

ICA Dinner at NamesCon 2019

Join the Internet Commerce association for food, drink, and conversation. This external event will be held at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay. Enjoy a delicious meal while mingling with industry leaders in a relaxed atmosphere. For tickets and more info, visit icadinner2019.eventbrite.com.
Legend

Panel

Event

12:00 AM
Master of ceremony

Master of ceremony

Braden Pollock, CEO of Legal Brand Marketing, is a veteran NamesCon emcee, having kept things running smoothly at events in the US and Europe. He knows the domaining industry like the back of his hand, and has been exploring adjacent technologies such as blockchain as well.
Braden Pollock
Owner at Legal Brand Marketing

Braden Pollock

Owner

Legal Brand Marketing

Braden is a technology angel investor, serial entrepreneur and domain investor who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, which focuses primarily on lead generation for attorneys in various legal practice areas. While he got his start in domaining focused on lawyer domains, he's now focused on one-word premium domains.
9:45 AM10:00 AM
Morning Movement Tuesday

Morning Movement Tuesday

I know it’s been a long night but there’s nothing like securing an awesome deal to get the day started and getting to the morning movement could be where that opportunity lay. Come along and have a great time stretching those business muscles as you have some fun with your industry colleagues learning more about the industry.
Michael Gilmour
Co-Founder at ParkLogic

Michael Gilmour

Co-Founder

ParkLogic

Michael served as a director of the prestigious Australian Internet Industry Association and contributed to forming Internet industry policies for; cyber-crime, copyright and chaired the committee for establishing the online advertising standards for Australia. Michael has been a domain investor for over 17 years, a co-founder of domain monetization company ParkLogic and writer of the popular blog whizzbangsblog.com.
10:00 AM11:00 AM
Data rules. How domain industry leaders use it to their advantage.

Data rules. How domain industry leaders use it to their advantage.

Registry and registrars are increasingly relying on sophisticated data sets and trend analysis to protect, run and grow their businesses. Come find out how a well rounded panel of domain industry leaders are using data to their advantage; why data is important in their decision making; key metrics used to measure success or what key metrics should be used; and how data can be used to make the Internet a safer place.

Richard Merdinger
VP Domains at GoDaddy

Richard Merdinger

VP Domains

GoDaddy

Responsible for Domain industry engagement and domain strategy for GoDaddy.
Bhavin Turakhia
Founder & CEO at Flock / Radix

Bhavin Turakhia

Founder & CEO

Flock / Radix

Bhavin Turakhia has been in the domain name industry for over 20 years, and has achieved success that most of us could only dream of. His is a fascinating story, starting out as a young person in India, and bootstrapping a small web hosting startup that he turned into a billion dollar empire. Bhavin is a problem solver, leader, and visionary with tremendous insights to share about leadership styles that work in the tech space, and how our industry can develop real business strategies that produce results. Turakhia joins us on the NamesCon stage to share vital insights and statistics on the ngTLD industry, followed by a fireside chat and Q&A, where we will learn how he achieved his successes, and we explore the lessons that companies in the domain space can take away from his experiences.
Rolf Larsen
CEO at .GLOBAL

Rolf Larsen

CEO

.GLOBAL

Rolf is a disruptive innovator and a long-standing, recognized pioneer in Internet access, registrar and web hosting services in Europe and Scandinavia. He has founded multiple technology businesses, has 25 years of experience in the domain industry and is currently CEO of the .GLOBAL registry and co-founder of RegistryOffice.
Akram Atallah
CEO at Donuts

Akram Atallah

CEO

Donuts

Akram Atallah is the CEO of Donuts Inc.

Moderator

Pinky Brand
Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales at RegistryOffice

Pinky Brand

Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales

RegistryOffice

Pinky Brand has 23 years of domain industry experience---many of those spent at the registry and registrar levels, and doing business in China.  He co-founded two startups and sold them to public companies. At RegistryOffice, Pinky helps clients leverage data, machine learning and AI to improve insight and grow their business, along with strategic, operational and policy consulting.
11:00 AM12:00 PM
The Future of the Mobile Web: AMP & PWA

The Future of the Mobile Web: AMP & PWA

In a world where a one second delay in your page load speed can result in a 7% decrease in conversion, website owners are struggling to build mobile experiences that optimize monetization. And, when you consider our mobile-first world, the need for powerful, fast websites across devices is amplified. Technologies such as Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and Progressive Web Apps (PWA) have emerged to improve the performance of websites on mobile devices, but the gains from those advances are not apparent in every CMS. This session provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the effects of AMP and PWA, based on the way different CMSs from WordPress and Adobe are harnessing these technologies to power digital experiences across the mobile web.
Lisa Box
Vice President of Strategic Alliances at WP Engine

Lisa Box

Vice President of Strategic Alliances

WP Engine

 
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Just like at school, you have an hour to seek sustenance and quickly catch up with friends and new contacts. The Tropicana has several eating options, from a quick pizza slice to a sit-down meal; and you'll find even more within a short walk on the Strip.
The VIP-Lunch is served in the VIP area: Grab a bite to eat, sink into a comfy couch and catch a Q&A session with one of our top speakers. You'll need your VIP badge to enter the Lounge.
1:00 PM2:00 PM
.com Price Increase, presented by ICA

.com Price Increase, presented by ICA

Join us for a lively discussion with industry veterans as they discuss and debate whether a .com price increase is warranted or not.
Zak Muscovitch
General Councel at Internet Commerce Association

Zak Muscovitch

General Councel

Internet Commerce Association

Zak Muscovitch has practiced international domain name law since 1999 and is General Counsel to the Internet Commerce Association (the “ICA”). The ICA, based in Washington DC, has been the voice of the domain name investment community since 2006, and advocates for domain name registrant rights
Elliot Noss
President and Chief Executive Officer at Tucows, Inc.

Elliot Noss

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tucows, Inc.

I am a lifer at Tucows and a lover of the Open Internet. I spend my time these days figuring out how to get Fiber-to-the-home to as many people as possible. Faster, more reliable Internet is a platform for everything else
Andrew Allemann
Editor at Domain Name Wire

Andrew Allemann

Editor

Domain Name Wire

Andrew is the founder and editor of Domain Name Wire, the longest running blog covering the business of domain names.

Moderator

Derek A. Newman
Partner at Newman Du Wors LLP

Derek A. Newman

Partner

Newman Du Wors LLP

Derek Newman is a domain-name lawyer with 20 years’ experience. He has advised registries and registrars, negotiated contracts with ICANN, won cybersquatting lawsuits for domainers and brands, and recently won a false-advertising case against Verisign. Derek has moderated panels at many domain-name conferences, and at NamesCon since we started.
2:00 PM3:00 PM
.Best presents THE.BEST Social Network

.Best presents THE.BEST Social Network

THE.BEST Social Network is the First and Unique Rewarded, Decentralized and Global Social Network based on a TLD : The .Best TLD. Come to discover all the Business Benefits of THE.BEST for our industry partners : Registrars, Brand Protection & Brand Monitoring Managers.
Cyril Fremont
CEO at .Best

Cyril Fremont

CEO

.Best

Cyril Fremont, is working as an Internet Entrepreneur since 1996. After starting his career in the Silicon Valley, he participated to 3 major successful Internet IPOs : INTERSHOP, ARIBA, SIDETRADE. It took 5 years to Cyril Fremont to complete the .Best acquisition and 2 years to bootstrap THE.BEST social network.
3:00 PM4:00 PM
Proven gTLD Strategies For Global Reach

Proven gTLD Strategies For Global Reach

It’s been a few years now since the new TLDs were introduced into the market and we have seen many different approaches in terms of TLD marketing, strategies and business models. Some more successful than others. It is a market that holds many opportunities, but only by understanding the various approaches and how customers tend to respond to them will allow you to take full advantage of today’s market. Rolf Larsen of .GLOBAL will share the story of how his team positioned their resource as a tool for global innovation, and why that decision has paid off. This will be a lesson in how to approach domain marketing that shouldn’t be missed!
Rolf Larsen
CEO at .GLOBAL

Rolf Larsen

CEO

.GLOBAL

Rolf is a disruptive innovator and a long-standing, recognized pioneer in Internet access, registrar and web hosting services in Europe and Scandinavia. He has founded multiple technology businesses, has 25 years of experience in the domain industry and is currently CEO of the .GLOBAL registry and co-founder of RegistryOffice.
4:00 PM5:00 PM
The More Language Changes

The More Language Changes

In this talk, lexicographer Erin McKean will show you the main ways by which words are made in English, how to judge whether a new word has staying power, and how you can use this knowledge in the world of domain names.
Erin McKean
Founder at Wordnik

Erin McKean

Founder

Wordnik

Erin McKean is the founder of the not-for-profit Wordnik.com, the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press.Her goal is to make every word in the English language “lookupable” – including the 52% of unique English words that aren’t currently in any dictionary. Erin is the author of three Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and (most recently) The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She’s written regular columns for The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal and her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, PAPER, Foreign Affairs, and Sew News. She’s served as an advisor to the American National Corpus, the journal American Speech, the Wikimedia Foundation, and serves on the KPCB Design Council, and is an honorary fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She blogs at dressaday.com and tweets as @emckean. When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.
Legend

Event

Keynote

Session

External Event

12:00 AM
Master of ceremony

Master of ceremony

Bill Sweetman, President of Name Ninja, has been in the domaining game for more than two decades. He asks the right questions to bring the most out of each presentation and session. As a former film critic, he’s always ready with a quick turn of phrase.
Bill Sweetman
President at Name Ninja

Bill Sweetman

President

Name Ninja

Bill has extensive experience in the domain aftermarket (or secondary market) of premium domain names, and he’s provided strategic domain name advice to major companies for over 20 years. Bill runs Name Ninja, a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names.
11:00 AM12:00 PM
Making sense of $500k for an nTLD

Making sense of $500k for an nTLD

New top-level domain (TLD) premium sales have accelerated in the last year, with three $500,000 transactions and many more in the tens of thousands of dollars. New TLDs appeal to end users committed to growing their businesses and investors who see increasing asset value. Join us for unprecedented access to a panel of successful entrepreneurs who each have invested 6 figures into new TLD premium domains and are eager to talk about it.
Blake Janover
Founder & CEO at Home.loans LLC

Blake Janover

Founder & CEO

Home.loans LLC

Blake Janover is the Founder & CEO of Janover Ventures & Home.loans among other ventures. He is a digital and technological leader in real estate & capital markets and a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council.
Mike Kugler
CEO at VacaRent, LLC

Mike Kugler

CEO

VacaRent, LLC

Mike is a veteran, inventor, and entrepreneur. In addition to www.vacation.rentals Mike also is the owner and inventor of VeeCal metrology software as well as the owner of Hunter’s Friend Resort in Branson, Missouri. Mike ambitiously purchased Vacation.Rentals with the expectation of disrupting the industry.

Moderator

Andrew Allemann
Editor at Domain Name Wire

Andrew Allemann

Editor

Domain Name Wire

Andrew is the founder and editor of Domain Name Wire, the longest running blog covering the business of domain names.
12:00 PM1:00 PM
Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Lunch-Break / VIP-Lunch

Just like at school, you have an hour to seek sustenance and quickly catch up with friends and new contacts. The Tropicana has several eating options, from a quick pizza slice to a sit-down meal; and you'll find even more within a short walk on the Strip.
The VIP-Lunch is served in the VIP area: Grab a bite to eat, sink into a comfy couch and catch a Q&A session with one of our top speakers. You'll need your VIP badge to enter the Lounge.
1:00 PM2:00 PM
DomainSherpa Review

DomainSherpa Review

What do successful domain name investors think when they value domain names? Elevate your game by walking through the process with 3 industry experts as they examine real domains on the market and discuss what may make a good investment for you.
Shane Cultra
Writer at DSAD

Shane Cultra

Writer

DSAD

Shane Cultra is a domain investor and writer that specializes in the domain aftermarket. Known to the industry as DomainShane and a writer and team member of domain blog DSAD.com. He is also is the owner of Country Arbors and Cultra Nursery started in 1865.   Helped found Running the Race. An organization that helps impoverished athletes around the world. 
Andrew Rosener
CEO at Media Options

Andrew Rosener

CEO

Media Options

Andrew Rosener is CEO of MediaOptions, an industry leading domain brokerage firm, as well as an active domain investor, angel investor and serial-entrepreneur. Andrew and his company has won Domain Broker of the Year 3 times, as well as numerous other accolades. He is a recognized thought leader in naming, domain names & digital media.
Michael Cyger
Founder & Publisher at DNAcademy

Michael Cyger

Founder & Publisher

DNAcademy

Called "the best educator” in the industry, Michael Cyger teaches investors, startup founders and marketers how to achieve their domain name goals. He is founder and former host of the award-winning DomainSherpa video show and podcast, Domain Hall of Fame inductee, and founder/lead instructor of DNAcademy, an accelerated learning course for domain names.

Moderator

Tess Diaz
Executive Producer at Domain Sherpa

Tess Diaz

Executive Producer

Domain Sherpa

Tess values community, learning and transparency. She consulted as Executive Account Manager at Go Daddy (2006-2012) and advised GoDaddy's product development org regarding domain names (2010-2012). Since then, she has been Business Development Coordinator for Media Options. In 2017, Media Options acquired DomainSherpa, the free educational resource teaching domain investors to discover, acquire, manage, monetize and sell domains. Tess is Executive Producer and host, interviewing experts from the domain industry while having a lot of fun along the way!
2:00 PM3:00 PM
Turning Chaos into Growth: Successful Domaining in a Post-American World

Turning Chaos into Growth: Successful Domaining in a Post-American World

Shock waves emanate around the world as the US turns inward, abandoning the leadership role it has played since WWII. Tariff wars escalate, trade pacts dissolve, riots in the streets of Paris, the media is under attack - and the power of the internet has never been more on display as it topples regimes and shapes elections. Bold and creative entrepreneurs have historically used such times to innovate and build wildly successful companies. This session invites a panel of domain experts from hot-spots around the globe who will share insights and ideas on how the geo-political environment is impacting the world of domaining, and how sophisticated investors can turn this to their advantage.
Stuart Fuller
Group Commercial Director at CentralNic Group Plc

Stuart Fuller

Group Commercial Director

CentralNic Group Plc

 
Tumay Asena
CEO at Nokta

Tumay Asena

CEO

Nokta

Tumay Asena is the founder of NoktaDomains, a domain name portfolio company focusing on .com and .co/.uk markets with a holding of over 50,000 premium domain names. Tumay is currently in charge of growing an ad-tech company, Nokta Medya, an Intel Capital backed digital media startup.    
Tony Kim
Chief Marketing Officer at Hexonet

Tony Kim

Chief Marketing Officer

Hexonet

Tony's experience in the domain industry spans 16 years. Prior to joining the industry, Tony held executive and director-level positions at technology and startup companies. His experience, combined with an innate ability to identify and develop new business models, has largely contributed to HEXONET's growth and impressive evolution of products
Mark Kychma
Partner at DNPric.es & Registra.rs

Mark Kychma

Partner

DNPric.es & Registra.rs

Prior to his career in domaining industry and promoting DNPric.es/ Registra.rs along with brokering and leasing domain names, Mark also covered technologies at a private equity fund, and helped many companies with nearshoring their IT operations, saving them millions. He holds a doctorate degree in software engineering and MBA in finance.
Jin Wang
International Aftermarket Director at GoDaddy

Jin Wang

International Aftermarket Director

GoDaddy

As the 1st China-based GoDaddy aftermarket director, Jin's job is to expand world's largest domain name registrar's business with Chinese registrars, resellers, and domain investors. Jin also works as business liaison to connect Asia and U.S. domain name markets.

Moderator

Bob Mountain
Chief Revenue Officer at Afternic

Bob Mountain

Chief Revenue Officer

Afternic

Bob Mountain serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Afternic.com, a GoDaddy company. Previously, Bob was SVP of Business Development at NameMedia where he was the architect for Afternic's Domain Listing Service (DLS). From ’02 to ’09 he was COO and co-founder of QuantiaMD and drove impact deals in the pharmaceutical industry. From 1999 to 2002 Bob served as COO and Country Manager for Canada's largest new media company, Sympatico.ca. Before moving to Canada, he ran business development and partner services at Lycos in Waltham Mass where he helped grow Lycos to the largest pure-play Internet audience in the world. Previously, Bob was based in Paris France where he was the European General Manager for Polaroid's digital identity imaging business. He co-founded the Mayflower Consulting Group out of college. Bob has an M.B.A from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
3:00 PM4:00 PM
The good the bad and the ugly in Premium Sales

The good the bad and the ugly in Premium Sales

Join a panel of experts as they dig into the characteristics of success and failure for new gTLDs, covering subject matter, business model, and premium sales.
Tony Farrow
Senior VP at MMX

Tony Farrow

Senior VP

MMX

Tony Farrow is the Senior Vice President of MMX.
Solomon Amoako
Vice President, Channel Strategy at MMX

Solomon Amoako

Vice President, Channel Strategy

MMX

Solomon has extensive sales and domain industry expertise. Prior to joining MMX, Solomon held the role of CSO at Sedo, where he led Sales for the Americas. He also served as VP of Business Development and Director of Global Sales at Rightside and Tucows, respectively. Mr. Amoako sits on the Board of Directors of the Domain Name Association.
Michael Salazar
Chief Financial Officer at MMX

Michael Salazar

Chief Financial Officer

MMX

Michael is the CFO of MMX and is a Director on its Board. He has primary responsibility for finance and operations. Prior to MMX he was the gTLD Program Director at ICANN from 2009 to 2012 and was a Partner in the Advisory Group at KPMG prior to joining ICANN.
Daniel Schindler
CEO at Daniel Schindler Consulting

Daniel Schindler

CEO

Daniel Schindler Consulting

A seasoned technology executive, Dan Schindler has founded and developed creative and varied businesses his entire career, from coal-mining to convenience shopping, and from the automobile industry to professional sports management. For most of the last decade, Dan was CEO of CentralNic, a domain industry leader that recruited nearly every accredited registrar as resellers of second-level names, and he grew the company many times over to multi-million dollar profits. Prior to CentralNic, Dan founded Gecko Internet, a web-design and hosting company. He is also the past sales director of Visi Systems Ltd, producers of business and medical software. Dan is a graduate of Surrey College of Technology.

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Christa Taylor
Chief Marketing Officer at MMX

Christa Taylor

Chief Marketing Officer

MMX

Christa Taylor is passionate about TLDs and their impact on the internet and has supported over 50 new gTLDs applicants. She is adept in utilizing business intelligence to design strategic initiatives and competitive advantages along with marketing strategies that positively impact the bottom line. Christa also held the role as President and CFO of Poker.com Inc.
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5:00 PM8:00 PM
Closing Reception: Las Vegas Confidential (open to all attendees)

Closing Reception: Las Vegas Confidential (open to all attendees)

This is it—the closing reception for NamesCon Global 2019, and NamesCon's time in Sin City. It's only proper, then, to welcome the legendary Norm Clarke as our special guest. Norm's career in journalism led from the sports page to the gossip column, bringing him face-to-face with America's most famous (and infamous) celebrities. Tonight, at a rare intimate gathering, he digs through the dirt and glitz to bring us his favorite stories. Afterwards, hit the town with your old and new friends... and paint it red. Closing reception sponsored by MMX (Minds and Machines)—considering they manage nTLDs such as .beer and .xxx, it's as if they were born for a celebration of Las Vegas outrageousness! NOTE: This session takes place in the VIP Area, but is open to all registered attendees.
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11:00 AM1:00 PM
Expert Round Tables – Table Topics: Getting Started, Working with Domain Brokers, Domain Development, Applying for a TLD & Legal Expertise! (open to all attendees)

Expert Round Tables – Table Topics: Getting Started, Working with Domain Brokers, Domain Development, Applying for a TLD & Legal Expertise! (open to all attendees)

Join the Expert Round Table session and learn directly from the experts! Tables Topics Getting Started (Braden Pollock) Working with Domain Brokers (Bill Sweetman) Developing Domains (Drew Wash) Applying for a TLD (Christa Taylor) Legal Expertise (Derek Newman) Don't miss out on spending quality time with the leaders of the industry! Join us Wednesday at the Expert Round Table session.
Braden Pollock
Owner at Legal Brand Marketing

Braden Pollock

Owner

Legal Brand Marketing

Braden is a technology angel investor, serial entrepreneur and domain investor who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, which focuses primarily on lead generation for attorneys in various legal practice areas. While he got his start in domaining focused on lawyer domains, he's now focused on one-word premium domains.
Bill Sweetman
President at Name Ninja

Bill Sweetman

President

Name Ninja

Bill has extensive experience in the domain aftermarket (or secondary market) of premium domain names, and he’s provided strategic domain name advice to major companies for over 20 years. Bill runs Name Ninja, a boutique domain name acquisition firm that helps global entrepreneurs, startups, and marketers get their dream domain names.
Drew Wash
Founder and CEO at Moving Sites LLC.

Drew Wash

Founder and CEO

Moving Sites LLC.

A domainer since 2000 experience has shown that a premium domain can be more than a great addition to an existing business, it can create a business from scratch. I use premium domains and simple web develop to create millions in recurring revenue on sites like Towing.com and Moving company.com. I will also share the development status of domains purchased at NC18 WeddingPhotos.com and Bodyguards.com which are currently being developed using our model.
Christa Taylor
Chief Marketing Officer at MMX

Christa Taylor

Chief Marketing Officer

MMX

Christa Taylor is passionate about TLDs and their impact on the internet and has supported over 50 new gTLDs applicants. She is adept in utilizing business intelligence to design strategic initiatives and competitive advantages along with marketing strategies that positively impact the bottom line. Christa also held the role as President and CFO of Poker.com Inc.
Derek A. Newman
Partner at Newman Du Wors LLP

Derek A. Newman

Partner

Newman Du Wors LLP

Derek Newman is a domain-name lawyer with 20 years’ experience. He has advised registries and registrars, negotiated contracts with ICANN, won cybersquatting lawsuits for domainers and brands, and recently won a false-advertising case against Verisign. Derek has moderated panels at many domain-name conferences, and at NamesCon since we started.
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