As I was coming up to the 3rd anniversary of TheDomains.com I reviewed some of my earliest posts and came across a Post Entitled “The 20 Most Influential People In The Domain Industry“.
Now I’m going to tell you right off the bat that I did NOT come up with the list, I just reported on it.
I thought it would be interesting to review the list to see how much things changed in the last 3 years.
Here is how the list read 3 years ago:
Former ICANN Chairman/ VP and chief Internet evangelist for Google
CEO, President and Cofounder of T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Editor and Publisher of DNJournal
Founder and CEO of DomainSystems
The Man Who Owns The Internet
Editor of the RFC document series, and for managing the creation and allocation of Top Level Domains and IP addresses in the pre-ICANN era.
Pioneering Domain Investor /Sevenmile.com
Owner, DNForum.com / Go Daddy VP of Domain Name Aftermarket
Russell C. Horowitz
CEO, Marchex / Chairman of the Board Director
Elusive and successful domain pioneer
Co-Founder and CEO, Sedo
Director of the World Wide Web Consortium/ WWW Inventor
Patent Attorney and UDRP legal specialist
Pioneering Spanish domainer
CEO, Go Daddy
Founder, IDN Forums
Co-founder Recall Media Group/ Conceptualist.com
Founder, NamePros.com/ Director 1Plus.net
The 20th spot was reserved for “YOU” as in all of us could have a huge influence on the industry
That’s the way the list read 3 years ago.
With the exception of the Yung Yee, which has seemed to disappear from the domain business after his Marchex deal, and those involved with ICANN and the Internet’s infrastructure that got a mention in the article, it’s pretty amazing how many of those on the list are still among the most influential people in the domain industry.
The domain business certainly has grown in the past 3 years and we may need more like a 50 most influential people list at this point.
Congrats to all who had the staying power and did the hard work to still shape, influence and move the industry