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Today in The Lowdown: When Bill McClure bought the Coffee.club domain for $100,000 six weeks ago he promised to have a full blown business operating on it within a month. He fulfilled the promise and customers have been smelling (and drinking) the coffee this week.

Also inside: The thirst for short .com domains remains unquenched - a point underscored again this week with another 3-letter .com heading our all extension Top 20 Sales Chart after ringing the 6-figure bell.

 


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The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
The Amazing Ascent of Whisky.com: How Michael Castello Turned a Free Domain Into a $3.1 Million Sale - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/february.htm#sthash.jnkq2io9.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf
Quality Trumps Quantity: Lessons Learned from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014   - See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/may-june.htm#sthash.TGjujBZO.dpuf

New Dream Team? Kellie Peterson & Mike Robertson Have Moved to Tampa to Help Make DNC's Wish for Explosive Growth Come True 

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

Welcome to the 10th edition of our annual State of the Industry Cover Story. Every January since 2005 we have assembled a distinguished panel of experts drawn from every corner of the industry-  including domain investors, developers, top  corporate leaders and attorneys - to give us their thoughts on the key trends of the past year and what they saw coming our way in the new year ahead. 

This year we have put together our biggest panel ever, 17 of the industry' best and brightest, and split them into two groups of eight each - one comprised of investors & developers and one of corporate leaders. We will the extra spot with an attorney who has a foot firmly planted on each side of the line. 

- See more at: http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2014/january.htm#sthash.YJo3bmZs.dpuf

While southeast Florida is one of the epicenters of the domain world things are a little quieter in our part of the Sunshine State - in Tampa on Florida's west coast.  Here seeing industry friends face to face usually involves a trip to the airport first, so you can imagine how delighted we are to welcome not just one, but two highly respected industry veterans as new neighbors.

Kellie Peterson arrived in town first after being named President of DNC Holdings, the parent company of several Internet enterprises including the popular registrar Directnic.com. Kellie, who is well-known from her time with the Endurance International Group and Name.com,  then brought another long time friend into the fold, persuading Mike Robertson (who first gained fame with Fabulous.com) to move all the way from Australia to serve as DNC's Business Development Director. 

With Kellie and Mike holding court at DNC's spacious Tampa office building there is a lot going on in our backyard now that this dynamic duo has arrived in town.      Full Story Here

DNC Holdings President 
Kellie Peterson
and Business Developmenet Director Mike Robertson at their offices in Tampa, Florida.



The NamesCon 2015 Preview: Bigger and Better are the Bywords for Round 2 in Las Vegas Next Month

By Ron Jackson

After a remarkably successful debut event last January, the NamesCon conference will be returning to the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas January 11-24, 2015 for an encore that promises to be even bigger. Show organizers expect the attendance to jump by as much as 50% and they have booked dramatically increased floor space to comfortably handle the crowd. 

To find out what NamesCon Founder Richard Lau and his fellow Co-Producers, Jothan Frakes and Jodi Chamberlain, have in store for you, we connected with each of them. Richard told us, "We know attendees are expecting an industry leading conference and we have to deliver. The clarity of goals for this year is different from last year. This has brought sponsors on in larger numbers and the pre-registration list is well over 500 now. If you are in the domain name space, NamesCon is the place to be.

In addition to more from Richard, Jothan (who crafts the show's ambitious multi-track agenda) and Jodi (the Queen of conference coordination) will give you a ground level look at their critical responsibilities. So, let's get this party started!   Full Story Here 

 



CitiesPlanet Launches Fundable.com Campaign to Realize the Pioneering Development Platform's Game Changing Plan for GeoDomains

By Ron Jackson

Last year we told you about CitiesPlanet's new partnership with Tallwave, a venture company that also made a substantial cash investment in the geodomain development platform created by Scottsdale.com's Fred Mercaldo (Fred was also profiled in our March 2013 Cover Story).

CitiesPlanet aggregates over 100 City.com brands under one umbrella and Mercaldo is intent on growing the company into a new media powerhouse. Toward that end Mercaldo and his partners are entering a third round of funding (one they expect to be the final round) and they are doing it in a thoroughly modern way, having engaged business crowd funding firm Fundable.com to help CitiesPlanet reach its goal of raising $500,000 in exchange for 25% equity in the company. 

Full Story Here
 

 


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