Radix serving up Grilled Cheese at SXSW

New top level domain name company hopes to reach tech audience at SXSW this month.

Radix SXSW

Radix is giving out t-shirts, such as this one for .tech, along with grilled cheese sandwiches at SXSW.

People love free food, especially during a busy conference. I recently wrote about Sedo’s Froyo truck at SXSW; new TLD company Radix is also giving away free food at the event in Austin later this month.

The company will have a large booth at the SXSW Tradeshow and will be handing out free .space-branded grilled cheese sandwiches.

Radix will also offer discounts for on-the-spot registrations of its domains, such as .space and .online. It will promote its upcoming TLDs, including .online and .tech, as well.

Radix CEO Bhavin Turakhia believes SXSW is an ideal way to reach the target market for some of these domain names.

“SXSW is a great platform to reach out to innovators, techies and creative persons. We are really excited to be at the conference and have planned exciting promos to connect with the SXSW community and get the word out there about our domain extensions,” he said.

2015 Domain Name Wire Survey: By the Numbers

Here’s who took this year’s survey.

SurveyThe submission period for this year’s Domain Name Wire Survey, the tenth annual version of the survey, is now closed.

You may recall that I changed the format of the survey last year. The topics are no longer “stuff the ballot box” questions; they focus on overall trends in the domain name business. Survey takers also have to provide some identification details.

That means fewer — but higher quality — responses. Click here to continue reading…

This week’s new TLDs: .WhosWho and 4 EAPs

There aren’t many who’s registering this new domain name.

Only one non-brand new top level domain name goes live this week in general availability, and it’s a rather unique one.

.Whoswho went live yesterday. It appears to have only gotten about a dozen registrations on its first day and only has 22 names in the zone file so far.

This isn’t too surprising.

First of all, .whoswho is somewhat akin to .CEO. You can argue it fails the douche test.

Second, whoswho is a somewhat strange term. I associate it with spam and scams trying to get everyday Joes to pay to show up on a register. Some people have trademarked (or tried to trademark) this term around the world, leading to a handful of UDRP cases. Click here to continue reading…

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…