THE Domain Conference offers special pricing

Discounted tickets available for two weeks.

The inaugural THE Domain Conference, Howard Neu’s follow up to TRAFFIC, takes place this coming September.

Compared to TRAFFIC, the show is very inexpensive. And it’s even less expensive if you buy a ticket now.

THE Domain Conference is offering passes for only $349 until March 15. To get the special price, enter code MARCH15 at THEDomainConference.club.

The conference takes place September 27-29, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel and Spa on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hotel rooms are available starting at $109, meaning you can attend the show (including airfare) for about $1,000.

NamesCon is also offering heavily discounted tickets to its show, which will take place in January in Las Vegas.

Given the low cost of both conferences, I highly recommend attending them if you’ve been thinking about attending a domain name conference.

Interesting: Minds + Machines patent app for using domain names as currency

Patent application describes a novel way to use domain names as a currency.

Minds + Machines domains as currencySo far, we’ve seen some innovation in how new top level domain names are distributed and sold, but not much innovation in how they’re actually used.

Minds + Machines has an idea that certainly seems innovative: using domain names as a currency.

The company filed a patent application on the idea last year, and it was just published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office this morning. (Read the full application embedded below.)

The idea is that you can buy a domain name from your registrar that has a certain stored value facilitated by the registry. For example, I could go to GoDaddy and request a $500 stored value domain name. The registrar would then issue a domain name, such as USD500-781211.work, which corresponds to that $500. Click here to continue reading…

Marchex CEO steps down

A new boss at Marchex and Q4 earnings released.

Marchex reported earnings today, and also announced that long time CEO Russell Horowitz has stepped down. Company co-founder Pete Christothoulou has taken over the top post.

The company, which derives the bulk of its revenue from performance advertising in which customers pay for phone calls, had a rocky 2014 after losing the bulk of its business from its biggest client. The stock trades for about $4.00 now, well below its 52-week high of $12.84.

Marchex also owns a large portfolio of domain names that it monetizes and sells through the Archeo Domains brand. The Archeo business reported revenue of $3.0 million for Q4 2014, and $14.5 million for the year. Both of these numbers are down from their prior respective periods.

Minds + Machines reports numbers, including $36M from auctions

Big 2014 numbers from losing auctions, but domain registration revenue starting to grow.

Minds + MachinesMinds + Machines released some preliminary numbers for 2014 today.

It can be summarized as: it pulled in a lot of cash from losing auctions, and registrations of its domains picked toward the end of the year as it released more of them.

Here are some highlights:

Auctions – Grossed $36 million from losing 21 private auctions for new top level domain names last year; spent $25.9 million to acquire 6 contested domains. Click to continue reading…

NamesCon sets dates and early bird special for 2016 show

NamesCon sets dates for 2016 and offer $199 tickets.

It seems like just last month that the domain name industry converged on Las Vegas for NamesCon 2015.

Oh yeah, it was last month.

Yet NamesCon has already announced dates for its 2016 show, which will take place January 10-13 in Las Vegas. Tickets are 80% off through the end of this month, and will cost only $199 until then.

The event will again take place at The Tropicana hotel. Co-producer Richard Lau tells Domain Name Wire that it will re-evaluate venues after next year’s event, based in part on if the show continues to grow in size.

The dates line up nicely for the newly announced THE domain conference
, which takes place at the end of September. That gives enough space between it and NamesCon, and avoids a head-on collision with the ICANN meeting in October.

Don’t be surprised if you hear about another, smaller domain conference taking place between now and then (not to mention the European show circuit).