See You At NamesCon!

| January 13, 2014

NamesCon 20142014 is going to be a big year for the domain industry, driven in large part by the advent of new gTLDs.  My friend Richard Lau is ringing in the new year by putting on the largest domain name conference in recent memory, this week in Las Vegas. DomainTools will be there and I encourage everyone to stop by our booth to check out some of the new tools we have in store for 2014 (more on that in another post).  Susan Prosser, Jeff Day, and I will be there to meet with our current customers and partners, and hopefully to meet some new ones.

NamesCon is exciting for many reasons.  Remember Domain Roundtable, originally started at DomainTools?  Gone.  DomainFest?  Gone.   And the trend has not been strong for other domain industry conferences, including many of the new gTLD events.  Actually, ICANN meetings have the most momentum right now.   But along comes NamesCon and 600 people show up?   It’s a great study in product and marketing:  the product is clearly focused on value-add content, and networking opportunities.  The price is right, and this alone likely doubled the attendance.  Add to that the masterful marketers on the NamesCon team.  Plus, Richard is well-known and well-liked.  In Sales, people buy from people they like.  Richard can separate people from their money perhaps better than anyone in the domain industry, as evidenced by the incredible work he is doing with the Waterschool.

Plus timing is everything.  Everyone wants to get off and running in the new year.  Perfect time to get like-minded people together.  So congratulations to Richard, Jothan, Jodi and the entire NamesCon team.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Meetings Tip:  You can backdoor the conference attendee list by registering for WaterNight.  Great way to figure out if someone you want to meet with is going to be in Vegas this week.   And don’t forget to donate to that very worthy cause.



Category: Domain Conference, Domain Industry, Domainers

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Tim Chen is a proven business development and operational executive, having worked in and around Internet and software companies for over 15 years. Tim has been the CEO of DomainTools for four years, appointed during the May 2009 spin out of DomainTools from Thought Convergence, Inc. (TCI). Before joining DomainTools, Tim spent a year as TCI's Vice President of Corporate Development and 2.5 years leading the domain acquisition efforts for Internet REIT, one of the first venture funded domain investment companies. Tim started in the domain world in 2005 by incubating new business ideas with Mark Pincus (Founder of Zynga) and a small team of engineers in San Francisco. Prior to focusing on the domain and DNS communities, Tim spent seven years in business development executive roles with Internet and software companies in the Bay Area, and four years in the Corporate Finance group at J.P. Morgan in New York. Originally from Rochester, New York, Tim is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Haverford College, has an MBA from Stanford University, and sits on the board of, an automated retirement planning service.

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  1. Scott Alliy says:

    Met Tim at Solid character, knowledgable domain professional. Well worth your time to visit with Tim and team.