If you’re not in Las Vegas, you should be!
Las Vegas is a vibrant place to be this week, especially with NamesCon hosting its annual event at the Tropicana Hotel.
It was an early departure and arrival time as I traveled from Austin to Las Vegas to represent KickstartCommerce.com at NamesCon 2018.
Arriving shortly after 8 AM local time, I made my way over to the Tropicana Hotel to find it eerily silent upon entry and without much activity. But then again, I was a wee bit early.
Within a hour though, Tropicana, specifically NamesCon, transformed into a buzzing place of introductions, networking, handshakes, hugs, laughs and everything in between.
With a packed room of hobbyists, investors, and professionals from varying industries, the time finally came to kickoff the Welcome Session with NamesCon CEO Soeren von Varchmin.
There were a few question and answer style introductions made for first-time conference attendees to add a bit of context to NamesCon.
There were many breakout sessions and workshops to consider attending, and much information to glean from presenters for Day One of NamesCon:
- Optimizing Domain Management, DynaDot
- The Future of Domain Search, HEXONET
- RegistryOffice for Growth, .GLOBAL
- The Power of Data, Data-provider
- Become a B2C Registry, LogicBoxes
- Business Optimization Tools, Web.com
- Selling Domains with Confidence, Payoneer
- The Secure Addressing Protocol, Embermine
- Top 10 Tips for Startups, Bold Metrics
- Rediscover the Power of WordPress, BoldGrid
- .CLUB Press Conference, .CLUB
- Verisign NameStudio API, Verisign
- ARPU Matters, Perfect Dashboard
- Cost Price Membership, Openprovider
- Develop a Domain and Sell a Business – Alex Melen
- Use Your Blog to Connect with Industry Influencers – Matt Holmes
- Domain Auctions and Brokerage A Path to Monetizing Your Domains – Monte Can and Jonathan Tenenbaum
- Growth and Market Expansion: Leveraging the DNA – Jothan Frakes
Although a good thing, there’s quite a bit of content to consume and digest for one person. Since it was humanly impossible to sit and participate in everything, I chose to attend the bolded topics.
After attending a few sessions, it was time for a break and lunch. I did both while listening to an entertaining Executive Q&A with Richard Lau, moderated by Braden Pollock, tucked away in the VIP Lounge.
Richard shared a bit more of his story and journey, highlighting that most of his time is now spent between domains and mostly cryptocurrency trading.
Nearing the end of the session, I was hoping the agenda had “nap time” slated, seeing I had an early morning start hopping a flight to be in attendance.
Nevertheless, I pressed forward kicking off the second half of Day One attending Domain Auctions and Brokerage: A Path to Monetizing Your Domains. This workshop was moderated by Monte Cahn and Jonathan Tenenbaum.
Amongst a variety of questions, the workshop discussed the upcoming domain auction to be held tomorrow, sharing insight and considerations for how domain owners should validate whether or not a domain is worthy of brokerage and domain auction.
After the session ended, I spent time mingling in the various conference hallways with a few familiar faces.
I bumped into a certain force to be reckoned with: Gregg “Triple G” McNair. At previous NamesCon events, he was known to shave heads all for the sake of raising money for WaterNight.
And of course, true to his high-energy personality, he shared me an idea about how he was going to suggest to NamesCon to start pulling teeth since shaving heads has been retired.
Needless to say, I didn’t stick around long in fear of losing my own precious pearly whites. 🤭 😂😂😂
In addition, I briefly chatted and shared a few thoughts with Ray Neu, co-founder of MERGE!, which has a new date and venue for 2018. Based on our conversation, I’m excited to see where Ray and Jothan take MERGE! for 2018.
Finally running out of steam, it was a MUST to locate and grab a bite to eat, and then head to the room for a bit of R&R.
During this same time, the conference keep things moving with a Women in Domaining Dinner event.
And last but not least, day One of NamesCon was rounded out with a night of fun, food, drinks, networking and lively music at the .GLOBAL Opening Reception.
I’m looking forward to Day Two and all it has in store. That’s all for now!