Best Selling Author & Social Media Expert Gary Vaynerchuk to Keynote DOMAINFest Conference

DomainSponsor just announced that New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk will be the opening keynoter at this year’s DOMAINFest Hollywood, which will be held from March 31 to April 2, 2014 at the luxurious Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California.

As a social media trailblazer, Vaynerchuk began video blogging in 2005 and now has nearly 1 million Twitter followers.

He has been included on BusinessWeek’s list of the “Top 20 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow.” Some of his best-known YouTube video clips include “Get Off Your Ass & Get Noticed,” Future of Social Media Marketing,” and “Care Immensely or Die!”

“We’re thrilled to have Gary keynote DOMAINFest 2014,” said Dwayne Walker, Senior Vice President of “He will share his wealth of knowledge and experiences about the Internet economy, social media and online business. Gary will continue our 9-year tradition of innovative DOMAINFest keynote speakers that have included Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter; Bob Parsons, CEO of Go Daddy; Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos; and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. “

Vaynerchuk’s first business book, Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion, hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press Best-Sellers lists in its first weeks. His second New York Times bestseller, The Thank You Economy, details the effect of social media on business and has become required reading for business leaders around the world. Vaynerchuk’s most recent book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, shares how to knock out the competition through the most effective social media strategies.

In 2009, Vaynerchuk and his brother launched VaynerMedia, a new breed of agency that helps Fortune 500 companies like General Electric and PepsiCo find their social media voices and build their digital brands.

Vaynerchuk has appeared on countless shows – from Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Ellen to MSNBC, CNBC, CNN and NPR.

Domainfest To Feature Private Concert With Stone Temple Pilots




DomainSponsor has just updated the Domainfest site and the on Tuesday night party will be  held in a top secret location but will feature a private concert with legendary, Grammy award winning rock band Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington!

“It wouldn’t be Hollywood without a VIP event.”

“That’s why we’re treating DomainFest full conference attendees to a private concert with legendary, Grammy award winning rock band Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington!

“Venue to be disclosed at check-in.

“You must wear your badge for entry.

“Get ready for a once in a lifetime event”

For  more information visit

.Club Is The Platinum Sponsor For Domainfest & Will Launch its Landrush at The Conference

DomainSponsor®, the organizer of DOMAINFest®  announced that .CLUB will be the Platinum Sponsor for DOMAINFest Hollywood, which will be held from March 31 to April 2, 2014 at the luxurious Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California.

The .CLUB gTLD will sponsor the welcome party and reception at DOMAINFest.

During the conference .CLUB will launch its Land Rush period with thousands of premium quality names included at Land Rush prices.

Over 60 registrars have already signed on, including Network Solutions, LLC,, MarkMonitor, GoDaddy,, Melbourne IT, 1and1, and United-Domains, to begin selling “” Web addresses to clubs, membership organizations, affinity and loyalty groups, and anyone sharing a common interest or passion.

“We’re very excited to have a world-class gTLD like .CLUB as platinum sponsor of DOMAINFest,” said Dwayne Walker, Senior Vice President of  “As an exciting new gTLD, the .CLUB domain extension has worldwide appeal for all types of organizations.  Domain investors will also have a ground floor opportunity to invest in .club domains and an opportunity to build new businesses around .CLUB.”
According to .CLUB CEO Colin Campbell, “We’re thrilled to be launching our Land Rush during DOMAINFest, a world class domain industry event.  There are literally thousands of great .CLUB names that we did not reserve so that they will be available during our Land Rush.”

An early bird registration fee of $695, which includes all sessions, meals and evening parties, is available now and will end tomorrow Feb. 14, 2014.

On Feb. 15, 2014, the regular pre-conference rate of $995 applies.

This year, a special one-day pass will be available for the first day of the conference.

Priced at just $295, it encourages a broad range of participants involved in the Southern California technology scene.

DOMAINFest has arranged for discounted hotel room rates at the Loews Hollywood hotel.  For reservation details, please visit:

DotAsia and Momentum Events Announce Partnership for Major Hong Kong Domains Conference scheduled for May 2014

DotAsia, and Momentum Events have announced that they will be joining forces to create a new domain industry event coinciding with the prominent International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual conference and exhibition, taking place May 13-14 in Hong Kong.

This new event which combines DotAsia’s “Internet of Names” meeting and Momentum’s “Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress” is designed to bring together existing and new TLD applicants, brands, domain investors and other industry stakeholders

Although located in Hong Kong, this event is designed to have an international focus and capitalize on the more than 9500 attendees expected to travel to Asia for the INTA event.
Initial confirmed speakers include:

  • Edmon Chung, CEO, DotAsia Organisation Ltd.
  • Roland LaPlante, CMO, Afilias
  • Yue Sing Malcolm Chiu, Chief Technology Officer, QNet, dotQuest
  • Mr. Jacob Williams, Visiting Professor, .Kyoto
  • Ching Chiao, CEO, Brandma
  • Adrienne McAdory, President & CEO, dotWED
  • Tim Johnson, CEO, Dot Kiwi
  • Jeffrey Sass, CMO, .CLUB Domains, LLC
  • Mr. Yang Yu, Director, Legal and International Relations, CONAC
  • Arto Isokoski, CEO & co-founder at TLD Registry LTD, Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网)

Sponsors include Afilias, Brandma and Domain Diction with other supporters including The Brand Registry Group, ISOC, ADNDRC, Domain Incite, TheDomains, CircleID, DomainNameWire, DomainNameNews and BrandChannel.

Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia said, “this partnership represents a step towards creating a comprehensive domain industry focused event for the Asia Pacific region. With content rich programming and ample networking opportunities, we look forward to welcoming the domain world to Hong Kong, Asia’s World City.”

Matt Godson, Co-CEO with Momentum remarked, “this is a great opportunity for TLDs to connect with Chinese and other Asian brands as well as educate a potential pool of thousands of potential round two applicants through this events proximity to INTA.”

More information on the agenda and early registration rates can be found at

For information on sponsoring, please contact Alexandra Hertel at

TRAFFIC Picks Halloween For Its Florida Show & Promises A Live No Reserve New gTLD Auction In Vegas


In an email sent out this morning by the organizers of the TRAFFIC conference, the Florida TRAFFIC conference will be held for the first time on a weekend, at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach from October 30th, until, November 2nd, 2014 with cabana networking starting on the 29th.

“This will be our first weekend show and the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Premiere Party promises to be a spectacular Halloween Masquerade Ball.”

“The Hotel is working with us to provide a program for families of all ages, so we will be encouraging everyone to bring their kids for magical Trick or Treats and other full-time activities.”

The organizers also released more information about T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas which will be held  from May 28th to May 31st at the Bellagio Hotel with the cabana networking starting on the 27th.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas will have a No Reserve gTLD auction with domains released directly from the registries plus 18 gTLD proponents representing as many as 2/3 of all the new extensions will be offered 5 minutes of podium time to pitch their new extensions to those that are interested.

“Here are some of the things we will cover and as you can see most of which are universal no matter what extension you might focus on:

How to build an ecommerce site to develop into a business from your best domains while increasing the value. Concept to live in 9 days.

How to find willing partners to develop your raw domains into thriving businesses.

Fishing for whales or fishing for minnows. Same work, same time, different outcomes.

How do you buy a domain that stands directly in the crossroads of the future?

Mining for domains or mining for Bitcoins? With so many opportunities how do you pick a path?


Quicksand or gold?

Horse race or stampede?

The most honest, direct and comprehensive debate and conversation about where the future leads.

There will be plenty of room in the fabric of the Internet for alternate extensions IF the public and end user accepts them and there is something of value for them there. Those are all open questions and the answers in the next few months will begin to reveal themselves. We will discuss those revelations and what they mean regardless of where the answers lead.

In 2004, we were an unknown factor looking to take on a world stage and make the case why domain names were such a powerful and important business tool that was essential going into the future. In 2014 there is no question that domain names will lead the news and the way forward.

Welcome to the future.

Domains have gone from the obscure to center stage and Domain Investors like us have been there each and every step of the way.

Your expertise will have great value going forward. I dream of one day asking a CEO “What is their “Domain Strategy?” and instead of that glazed over eye look, being directed to their “Chief Domain Name Strategist”.

“If you read this far and have not purchased your Las Vegas Tickets for $1495 (that includes 2 nights at the #1 Rated Bellagio Hotel. Less taxes, fees and personal expenses) we are delighted to offer our special Airport Pickup Service just for signing up this week that will whisk you from the airport to the Bellagio Entrance. And for those companies bringing 5 or more employees, we have a special just for you. Just contact Howard with your requirements.”

“Lastly, sponsorships are now on sale as well. They start at just $1000. Pricing is more attractive than ever. That is the only part of our formula that has changed and you will be delighted with the new price points.”