INTA and domain names. 1997 vs. 2013.

As the INTA 2013 Annual Meeting comes to a close I can’t help but note the focus on domain names within the INTA community and on the home page of their website. Compare that to 1997 when my then business partner and I had to write a letter and call INTA to explain what domainContinue reading “INTA and domain names. 1997 vs. 2013.”

Support the growth and development of the Internet domain name industry.

For many of us in the domain name industry it seems that ICANN’s new gTLD program has been moving along slower than a snail on tranquilizers for the past few years.  That’s all about to change as we seem to be on the cusp of dozens, if not hundreds of new gTLDs hitting the streetsContinue reading “Support the growth and development of the Internet domain name industry.”

Domain industry messaging circa 1996-1998.

Over the weekend I visited the fabulous Wayback Machine to see if I could find screen shots of the website we created in the 90’s for Internet Domain Names Inc. (idNames.com). That was the first domain name business I got involved with as a co-founder with Marc Ostrofsky. I got a chuckle looking back at how weContinue reading “Domain industry messaging circa 1996-1998.”

New gTLD Target date is April 23? Or is it?

I detect some delight in the domain name community today resulting from the latest posted video interview with ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé. In that interview Chehadé states “We are now targeting to be able to recommend for delegation the first new gTLD as early as the 23rd of April…” On the surface this sounds like veryContinue reading “New gTLD Target date is April 23? Or is it?”

I’m impressed by Fadi.

I could have ignored today’s ICANN New gTLD Applicant Update Webinar and just read summaries from the usual respected news and industry sources. However, with three hours slotted and likely questions regarding ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé’s somewhat eyebrow-raising comments at the regional ICANN Registry-Registrar meeting in Amsterdam last week—led me wanting to hear it allContinue reading “I’m impressed by Fadi.”

New gTLD Delegation Date Calculator – UPDATED

NOTE TO READERS: I originally posted this via the DomainDiction blog on 11 January, but since have updated the calculator and updated my comments below.  You can download the updated version here. I’ve put together a little scenario calculator on a spreadsheet in the quest to figure out some idea of when a new gTLDContinue reading “New gTLD Delegation Date Calculator – UPDATED”

The inside track to TLD success

I originally posted these thoughts in June of 2012.  I believe they still hold true today. So perhaps you have survived reading the Applicant Guidebook, paid your fees and waded through the TAS process. Assuming your application is successful, how are you going to engage your channel(s)? What will you need to do to garnerContinue reading “The inside track to TLD success”