Who is the most influential person in the domain name industry?
Frank Schilling, according to respondents to this year’s Domain Name Wire survey.
37% of respondents said Schilling was the most influential person in the domain name industry. The next highest was Rick Schwartz with 18% of the vote.
Who would Domain Name Wire readers most like to have dinner with? Again, Frank Schilling. 26% picked Schilling as a dinner date, and the vote was spread a bit more broadly across other popular names in the domain industry.
Of course, Schilling has become a bit controversial over the past year with the launch of new top level domain names. As one person noted, he’d most like to have dinner with Frank “to ask him what the heck he’s thinking.”
I can only imagine this comment has to do with new TLDs, either investing so much in them or the controversy over the number of reserved domains.
Another respondent quipped, “How do you make a small fortune? Start with a large one.”
As for me, I’d enjoy dinner with Frank and everyone else on the list. As long as they’re paying 🙂