Pics from Southern California Domainer Meetup with .XYZ

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The 2nd Southern California Domainer Meetup of this year, organized by Jason Thompson and Kevin Faler, was held last night in Santa Monica California. The event was sponsored by Daniel Negari and his staff at their .XYZ office fresh off the whirlwind of hype and publicity of Google acquiring and using the domain ABC.XYZ for their holding company. About 60-70 local, and some not local, domainers, developers and associated fields, including reps from Above.com, RookMedia, ParkingCrew.com, Uniregistry and more, were on hand to network, and enjoy drinks and the wonderful tasting tacos provided by .XYZ. Daniel discussed the .XYZ extension, their marketing efforts of it, and why he is so passionate about it. He also covered their .College and .Rent extensions coming available soon, and his joint venture with Uniregistry of .Car, .Cars, and .Auto. It was a very enjoyable SoCal Domainer Meetup networking with others in the industry and sharing the excitement of the .XYZ registry and their successful progress.

Here are some pics of the night –

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Networking attendees.

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ParkingCrews Jim Grace and RookMedias Joe Higgins talking shop.

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The taco stand.

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Daniel Negari addressing the attendees.

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The crowd looking up to Daniel giving his speech.

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More attendees listening to Daniel.

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Daniel talks about .XYZ and more.

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.XYZ

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Jason and me.

Thanks again to Jason and Kevin F., and Daniel Negari and his wonderful staff at .XYZ for another great SoCal Domainer Meetup and great time!

Forbes is now encouraging regging .xyz and others..

Forbes just put out an article about not being able to find a good domain name, then register an alternative like .xyz or other new gTLDs.

Hitting on the perfect name for your company is a great moment that is often followed by the disappointment of seeing that it looks odd or is hard to remember as a domain name. And that’s only if another company doesn’t already own it.

There are new options. Actually, several hundred of them.

Read the whole article here

Southern California Domainer Meetup – Pics

Friday night the first Southern California Domainer Meetup of the year was held in Playa Vista, Ca. organized by Jason Thompson and Kevin Faler, and sponsored by Uniregistry. Over 90 domainers showed up, and were treated to an open bar and very tasty catered hor dourves. The beautiful California weather kept the outside patio area filled with networking domainers before moving inside to hear the main speakers Frank Schilling and Page Howe. Page gave a passionate talk about .LA, his current venture, and Frank discussed the new gTLDs, and their place along with .com as internet addresses.  Overall it was a very good and enjoyable event, once again seeing those we know, meeting some finally for the first time, and seeing and meeting those completely new to the industry. As Jason noted, this was the first of 3 meetings to be had this year, so we’ll be looking forward to getting together again with all the SoCal Domainers.

Here are some pics –

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Frank Schilling and Tan Tran sealing a deal!

Frank Schilling and Tan Tran sealing a deal!

 

And afterwards, the party and networking continued as a bunch of us went to the Sunny Spot in Venice, for more food and drinks.

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Another great SoCal Domainer meetup. Thanks again to Jason and Kevin F., and Frank, Brett and et al at Uniregistry for a great time!

 

Beware of MALWARE email – ”Trademark Infringement Cease & Desist Notice”

Beware of this email now going around. Seems to be a malware phishing attempt aimed at domainers and really anyone registering new domains.  Here is the email letter being sent around –

Hi (Registrants Name)

A third party has filed a trademark infringement cease and desist notice for your domain xxxxxx.com

You can download the notice here – Download xxxxx.com Domain Copyright Notice  (this is the link they note)

In most cases you should take it seriously to avoid further legal trouble. However for random complaint
without any valid reason is quite common and you can ignore.

In case the copyright notice is applicable and unresolved contact your domain registrar and they will
help you to resolve the issue. Please note that, we don’t consult anyone individually.

Regards

Claim Domain Right

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

DO NOT click the link, as it may be malware.  (I didn’t click it to find out, but it has been noted on some forums already.)

 

Bruce Marler, Give him some Credit.Club.

Give him some Credit.Club.  Q&A with Bruce Marler

This past week news broke that Credit.Club had been hand registered by domain investor Bruce Marler while headed home from NamesCon. Soon after the registration a knowledge base of credit information was launched causing many to wonder how this happened so quickly. While many questioned the validity of the registration and talked it up as a marketing stunt by the dotClub registry the latest were later presented and validated the story that had been told throughout the past week. I reached out to Bruce earlier today and asked if he would be interested in answering a few questions, here they are:

Q. – Simple question, what caused you to even look to register Credit.Club?

Bruce Marler – I had been looking for some value purchases of finance related domains in the gTLD space, with .Club being a very successful launch I started searching through names looking at relative pricing on different terms, I have been following the P2P lending and credit space and really thought that .Club made a lot of sense in a space like P2P lending. Look at LendingClub.com and their success to understand why.

At the same time Tiffany (my wife) was searching for domain names that she found interesting. We were putting in some pre-registrations for some of the other gTLDs that will be launching and added a couple domains she had selected to the cart.

I then did a search for Credit.Club expecting it to be the top priced of the finance group and saw the price as 10.99, I refreshed and it was still there, I added it to my cart and purchased. And then checked my account several times during our lunch. Made sure I did not typo it, and then called a couple domain colleagues about it.

Q. – How did the site get launched so quick? That seems to be one of the points people continued to hit on.

Bruce Marler – It made me laugh that so many people kept saying that was proof, some people made comments that it was not anything special, some realized (correctly I might add), that for the time I had to put towards it that it was a job well done (Thanks!). Well, once again, it really is as simple as I have explained on DomainGang, I really thought it was a perfect opportunity to tie our NamesCon sessions about using WordPress to rapidly develop feature rich sites, the success of .Club with their 6 figure transactions, and the focus of NamesCon around the rise of gTLDs. Add to that Tiffany spent all weekend with a 102.5 fever and ended up in the emergency room, so we spent a lot of time sitting around rather than running around, and you end up with a perfect scenario for the launch of the first phase of the site that is initially focused on credit repair and information on other lending topics.

Q. – So whats next for the site now that dotClub has announced that you can move forward with it?

Bruce Marler – I have started a product roadmap to layout some of the plans. Obviously this was not something I had planned and already have an overbooked schedule between my work at CafeX, LocakTek and Missouri.me, and the work we do for the community we live in with Parkland Programmers and Parkland Meetup. For the next couple months you can expect to see the content grow on the site and see both Android and iOS apps launch to go with the site.

Beyond that I have a couple plans that I am not going to release just yet, but it will end up being more than just a knowledge base, although two apps and a knowledge base in such a rapid time I personally think would be a success, but if things go like I think they will it should be interesting. Lets just say I think the work I do at CafeX with WebRTC could tie into possibilities with Credit.Club.

Q. – What do you think about the launch of gTLDs over the past year?

Bruce Marler – I think its great, I think great marketers are going to find great uses, do I think someone should go buy EveryGenericKeyword.NewTLD? NO!

But do I think there are success stories that are going to come from this that the naysayers will have to acknowledge? Yes. without doubt.

I love hearing the new blood in the industry, with that comes new ideas and concepts for what is possible. We as an industry have really been an inward focused bunch that has really had a hard time with change. It is amazing how much actually based on the fact we are so attached to what has been the greatest innovation platform ever, the internet.

We have to find new ways to show the value of these new, highly brandable, extensions. A new way to get the message out will be key, at the same time there has to be focus on developing some of the key properties, without that end users will never get to see what is possible.

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We’d like to thank Bruce Marler for taking the time to join us here at dotWhatever to answer our questions, and offer him a big congratulations on Credit.Club!

 

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