Hi there. I’m Pinkard Alan Brand. My family, friends and industry associates know me as ‘Pinky’.
This blog is mainly about the domain name industry, where I’ve spent the better part of the last 21 years at the registry and registrar levels. During that time I co-founded two corporate domain name portfolio management start-ups and sold them both to public companies—one to a Fortune 500 company.
These days I spend most of my time as a consultant working with cross-functional virtual teams in Europe, China and the USA.
In particular over the past five years, I’ve been navigating the complexities of establishing, growing, and maintaining a bona fide business presence in China amongst an increasing regulatory atmosphere from within China itself (MIIT) and external regulators such as ICANN.
It’s not easy. It takes tremendous patience, diplomacy and persistence, not to mention dealing with jet lag, to take two steps forward and one step back, then three steps forward, etc.
Of course this has meant traveling long-haul on a near monthly basis. It’s a necessary element of what many call “international business development.” It’s part of what I do.
Need some help? Give me a shout.
I also take a lot of pictures and live in Austin, Texas.