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The Beijing company that is building a “Great Wall of Domain Names” in China

Shot this last month. The guys at EJEE were among the first that we engaged when embarking on the domain registrar and aftermarket signup phase in China several years back.  We’ve always appreciated their friendship and support.

Two things that I was not able to capture in the video:

  1. Their very cool white Tesla charging out in front of the office. I think I’d be afraid to own one in Beijing. The traffic situation is to manic in my view!  I’d be afraid to drive here myself in any car, let alone a shiny new Tesla!
  2. The camaraderie at their office.  On a number of visits I’ve noticed local domain investors I’ve gotten to know over the years just using this place as a meeting spot of sorts.  It’s a comfortable place to just hang out, drink tea, and talk shop.  In what is a very virtual business nothing replaces actual face-to-face contact. This applies in any country.

Even though I’ve got a professional microphone we encountered some sound level issues during the interview portion, but you can still understand.  Enjoy.


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A peek inside the world’s first domain name themed coffee shop.

Every year something innovative happens in the domain name industry that I would not have expected. It’s happened every year I’ve been in this business—since 1996.

Last year was no exception. One innovation was the opening of the world’s first domain name-themed coffee shop, China.VC, in the Haidian district of Beijing. This one district alone contains 3.2 million inhabitants in the capital city of 22 million, and is known to be a center of innovation and hotbed for startup activity.

Plenty of foot traffic everywhere you look. Plenty of young tech-minded folks keen to connect with others interested in investing their new found relative wealth. So why not entice them and others to sip some good coffee and learn about and/or invest in domain names while in the shop?

We hung around and chatted with some of the local patrons while shooting some video for ChopChop.domains, TLD Registry’s new site that lets user find and buy Chinese domain names, even if they don’t speak Chinese. Disclosure: I am a Vice-President at TLD Registry.

We also managed to chat on camera with two of the co-founders, and discussed:

  • How did you get started in the domain name industry?
  • Considering the incredible rise in prices last year (2015) where do you think the domain market is going this year?
  • Why are people in China who have never been in the domain business getting into it? Is it the economy? What do you think is making people decide to invest in domain names instead of gold, commodities, or stocks?

The day we dropped by the cafe they were conducting a live domain name auction so it was quite busy.

Afterwards we posed with most of the attendees.  A very friendly and warm welcome from folks eager to connect with others in the west about domain name opportunities!

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Interview with Daniel Chen @ 190.com on the Chinese domain name market

As many in the industry know, domain names are a hot commodity for Chinese investors these days.

So it seemed appropriate to talk to the guy heading the company that spent about $20 million acquiring domain names last year, and in particular acquired about 7,000 non-vowel LLLL.com names.

We talked about:

  • Acquisition activity in 2015.
  • Where is your U.S. office going to be located?
  • What you going to do with all those LLLL.coms?
  • Do corporations really want pinyin names vs. random LLLL.com names?
  • Where do you see pricing and the market going in the next year or so?
  • Why the rapid growth in prices last year?
  • How important is the TLD string itself to the people in China.
  • MIIT regulations and ICP
  • Why did you choose 190.com as your company name?

We spent over two hours talking in this interview shot for ChopChop.domains, TLD Registry’s new site that lets user find and buy Chinese domain names, even if they don’t speak Chinese. Disclosure: I am a Vice-President at TLD Registry.

Since many reading this blog probably don’t speak Chinese, we figured it might be a bit easier to watch and learn if we cut out most of the in-Chinese responses and let my colleague Jin Wang provide the interpretation.

I hope you gain some knowledge about the Chinese market from watching this video!