Biggest TRAFFIC conference in years concludes in South Beach.
TRAFFIC Miami drew to a close this morning with a presentation and domain trading session organized by Epik. Here are my takeaways and random tidbits from the conference:
-Attendance came in below expectations. Although I was unable to get a full tally, attendance was somewhere south of 300. Still, this is one of the biggest TRAFFIC conferences in years, and credit is due to Rick and Howard for making that happen.
-Don King’s talk left a lot of people scratching their heads, and it made for many jokes yesterday evening.
-Afternic made a big splash at the conference with its two new distribution partners, and it brought a lot of people to the event. The company held a cocktail party last night on the hotel lawn.
-Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. (e.g. Google)
-As part of my new job with Directi, we relaunched the BigJumbo domain parking service at the event. It was interesting for me to be on the “other side of the booth”.
-A lot of faces that hadn’t come to a show in years made the trip to Miami. The domain world has changed since 2007, and it was good to see some of these people in attendance.
-Many people apparently confuse Ted Olson (Afternic) with me. It can be quite humorous.
-I sat in on the first 15 or so lots at the auction. The auctioneer did a good job moving along when domains didn’t sell.