Domain companies setting up shop in Austin later this week.
SXSW Interactive kicks off in Austin on Friday. Among the 30,000+ attendees will be at least
910 domain name companies.
Here’s what I know so far about domain name companies in attendance. Drop me a line if you’re a domain name company missing from the list. Feel free to post a comment if you’re making the trek to Austin.
Domain.com: Domain.com is holding a party in Brush Square Park Saturday night for the second year in a row. It will highlight .ORG domains and feature a graffiti wall where attendees will be encouraged to collaborate on and draw up social movement ideas with chalk paint. Cocktails include “The Domain Fire” and the “Refresh-ORG”).
.CO HQ: .Co is going big with its own headquarters Friday through Sunday. Read more about it here.
.ME: .Me is exhibiting. It’s also getting some nice branding from other companies in attendance. Drupalize.me is an exhibitor, and the big opening night party Friday is presented by Join.me.
Public Interest Registry (.org): Exhibiting and co-sponsoring the Domain.com party.
.Uno: Giving away 5,000 .uno guitar picks. .Uno is focusing more on the music festival later in the week, which will feature more than 2,000 bands.
Name.com: Name.com wants to get 10,000 high-fives during the conference. It will donate a nickle to the Austin Children’s Shelter for each high-five it gets.
Sedo: Jeremiah Johnston gives a 15 minute presentation titled “The Discussion’s Over: New Domains Are Here” on Monday.
Igloo: They don’t have big plans, but my suggestion to them is to give away frozen margaritas for branding purposes. Say 2 PM Sunday at Iron Cactus? Let me know.
.Club: They’re sponsoring Brand-Innovators SXSW at Lamberts Restaurant March 7-11.
Ad claims Yahoo! helps “domain squatters” build websites.
Nat Cohen sent me some screenshots of an ad Yahoo! is running to promote its webhosting services. I think domainers will get a rise out of the message.
Slide 1: Although Nat wasn’t able to capture the first slide, it says something to the effect of “Jerry registered a domain in 2006″.
So there you have it. Yahoo! has helped thousands of “squatters” create their websites.
At least they didn’t say “cybersquatters”.
DomainSponsor’s annual domain name conference is just a few weeks away.
This year’s date-shifted DomainFest conference is less than a month away, kicking off on March 31.
I just booked my travel for the event, which is one of many domain conferences I plan to go to this year.
With a very busy conference circuit, I’m being selective about which events I attend. Ultimately I included DomainFest as one of them for five reasons:
1. The show has a long history of putting on a professionally run event.
2. Given the long list of sponsors, I think the event will be well attended (even if smaller than in previous years).
3. The agenda includes a number of sessions and speakers I’d like to see, including Akram Atallah.
4. It’s in L.A., which is an easy (and cheap) trip for me.
5. With everything going on in the industry as new TLDs launch, I feel like waiting for the next conference is just too long.
Company filed and dismissed two lawsuits against domain name before filing UDRP.
Life is Now, Inc. has filed a UDRP against the domain name JustBelieve.com.
The company promotes coaching by David Neagle, whose website describes him as “Master Income Acceleration Mentor for Entrepreneurs & Corporate Professionals”. It has a registered trademark for “Just Believe” and claims first use in commerce of 2003.
The domain name is owned by Greg Ricks, who has owned the domain name since 2000. This is the second case Ricks has faced in the past week on a domain name he’s owned for over a decade. His Qualify.com domain name is also under attack.
Life is Now has already sued twice to try to get the JustBelieve.com domain name. It sued two privacy services that have been listed for the domain name during 2012-2013, but later voluntarily dismissed the cases both times.
When the initial lawsuit was filed JustBelieve.com went to a parked page that predominately showed ads for basketball.
After the lawsuits were filed Ricks began forwarding the domain name to sites that had “JustBelieve” in them, either in the domain name or the subject matter of the pages. For example, it forwards to JustBelieveOnline.com and a page on Theme Forest that offers a “Just Believe” theme for churches.
The very short UDRP complaint (see PDF here) claims that forwarding JustBelieve.com to these others sites proves that the owner has no rights or legitimate interests in the the domain name and that it was registered in bad faith.
On the contrary, it basically shows that “Just Believe” has many uses.
It seems that the complainant is a bit confused. Referring to the four sites JustBelieve.com forwards to, the complaint reads:
Each offending website has “justbelieve” as part of the domain name, and identifies themselves by using “just believe” as part of their webpage name. The “justbelieve.com” domain name and the “Just Believe” tags at the top of each of the websites demonstrate that Respondent has intentionally attempted to attract, possibly for commercial gain, Internet users to Respondent’s website, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the Complainant’s mark as to the source, sponorship, affiliate, or endorsement of Respondent’s websites or comments.
Is the complainant confused as to who owns the four sites that are forwarded to? Does it think they are in cahoots with the domain owner? It’s not clear to me, but the law firm for the UDRP case (which is different from the previous lawsuits) also cc’d all four websites with the UDRP.
Company that invested $1.7 million in great domain name in 2009 gets $50 million infusion from Google Capital.
Google Capital has invested $50 million in real estate auction company Auction.com.
I don’t usually write about fundraising by companies with great domain names. It takes a lot more than a great domain name to build a good business. In fact, what is now Auction.com was already a fast growing business before it had the domain name.
Still, Real Estate Disposition Corporation’s $1.7 million purchase of the Auction.com domain name in 2009 was a smart move that gave the company greater credibility. Until then it operated at the domain name USHomeAuction.com.
With all of the misinformation and questionable practices in the home auctioning business after the downturn, owning Auction.com gave the company credibility that simply wasn’t there with USHomeAuction.com.
Which is why seeing this ad (pictured) on my local newspaper caught my attention. I wouldn’t have paid any attention had it merely read USHomeAuction.
[The original version of this article referred to Google Ventures. The investment was actually made by Google Capital.]