Why I Came to NamesCon
With the NamesCon opening party mere hours away, I thought I would post a few thoughts on why I decided to make this my first trip to a domain conference in two years (since Domainfest in 2011).
Here are the biggest reasons that drew me to NamesCon:
- Location, Location, Location – I’ve been to Vegas for non-domain conventions, as well, and it’s one of my favorite cities. With the great weather, fabulous hotels, and nightlife, it’s easy to draw a large crowd.
- Price Point – NamesCon’s early-bird pricing was easily the most affordable I have seen for ANY domain event. While some have argued that cheap pricing encourages “non-serious” domain investors to attend, I don’t think that is the case. Anything that builds interest early on leads to more attendees. Many domainers go to more than one conference a year — I like that NamesCon has put together a jam-packed, quality show, while keeping the registration as reasonable as possible.
- Women in Domaining Meetup – I am thrilled that Moniker, Igloo, .CO, EscrowHill, and others are sponsoring this year’s Women in Domaining Meetup. Lisa Box and Jodi Chamberlain have done a great job in organizing it, and for me, it’s one of the highlights at the conference. (Contrary to what one male attendee asked me today, no, it is not a “spa thing.” It is a “business thing,” just like the rest of the conference). While we are definitely outnumbered by our male counterparts, a number of the domain industry’s companies and leading brokers are women. In fact, as Braden Pollock reminded me yesterday, “women typically out-sell men.”
- Quality of Speakers and Sessions – Like Affiliate Summit and some other tech conferences, NamesCon has divided the agenda into different tracks. Richard Lau has also invited a killer list of keynote speakers, moderators, and panelists, and put together a jam-packed schedule. I am particularly looking forward to hearing fellow investors talk about their success and challenges with projects they have launched, and about the inevitable changes that the industry faces with the release of the new gTLDs.
- Old (and New Connections) – The domain industry is a great space to be in because of the people. While I’ve met a number of other domainers at other events, this time I have the opportunity to meet a few people who I consider close friends (and who have offered countless hours of advice), but who I’ve never met in person. It’s also a great chance to reconnect with old friends.
There you have it. If you are in Vegas this week, please feel free to say hi.