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!

Published by pinkybrand

I publish to three blogs. One (PinkysEye.com) is related to my lifelong interest in photography, video, wanderlust travel, and telling stories. The second (PinkyBrand.com) addresses my experiences and opinions on business development, China, and the domain name industry, where I’ve spent the better part of the last 24 years at the registry and registrar levels. The third (RegistryOffice.blog) shares knowledge and updates on how RegistryOffice business intelligence joins data from multiple sources and uses machine learning together with AI to improve insight in order to find patterns and trends that would otherwise be hard for domain name registries to discover manually.

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