[Editor’s note: Francesco Cetraro recently left his post as Head of Registry Operations for .Cloud after two years. Francesco has offered some great viewpoints on new top level domain names. He wrote two posts for DNW during his time with .cloud, and both were very well received. He was also a guest on the DNW Podcast.
On the occasion of leaving .cloud to take a short break, Francesco posted his thoughts on LinkedIn about the state of new top level domain names. It’s a fantastic post. With his permission, I am publishing it here in its entirety.]
After 2 intense, fun and rewarding years spent building .cloud from the ground up and seeing it take its first steps in the world (luckily, quite well as it turned out), I have decided it is now time for me to take some time off before figuring out what I want to do next. Early signs show that finding another project in the domain and hosting industry should not prove too difficult, but for the moment I am enjoying the liberating sensation of not having something lined up already and instead leaving the door open to the unexpected.
Many years in the domain industry, and the last 2 at the helm of a new TLD Registry, have however given me the opportunity to reflect on the challenges that our industry faces.
As the voices calling for a new round of TLD applications get louder, I wanted to take the opportunity to share some of the questions and issues that I have been contemplating, and that in part have brought me to the decision to take some time off.
When we set to expand the original namespace, we did it with the objective of enhancing competition, consumer choice and innovation… So I naturally ask myself: “how well have we fared so far?” and “What can we learn from our experience?” Click here to continue reading…