Events are no longer part of large domain and hosting companies.
NamesCon and Cloudfest are officially out from being under a big corporate umbrella.
WHD Event GmbH acquired the assets of the two conferences from GoDaddy last week. GoDaddy acquired the conferences as part of its acquisition of Host Europe Group in 2017. Host Europe Group acquired what is now called Cloudfest in 2014 as part of another acquisition. WHD acquired NamesCon in 2016.
Soeren von Varchmin, the leading face of the two events, describes the new owners as “hardcore fans” of the conferences.
Two of the new owners are original founders of Cloudfest: Jochen Berger and Thomas Strohe. They founded the hosting companies intergenia (sold to Host Europe Group and then GoDaddy) and PlusServer (sold to BC Partners). They recently invested in WebPros (cPanel, Plesk, WHMCS).
Serguei Beloussov, founder of Parallels and Acronis, is also an investor.
With the acquisition, von Varchmin is moving into a new role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. This will allow him to focus more on programming instead of operations.
Christian Jaeger — who once worked for Cloudfest in sales — has taken the CEO role at the company.
The company’s next big event is CloudFest, taking place online March 23-25.