Report from ICANN51: The Countdown to NamesCon – Including a premium domain auction

NamesCon 2015.

NamesCon 2015.

With 90 days remaining until NamesCon in Las Vegas, there is palpable excitement in the domain name industry about the upcoming Jan 2015 event.

NamesCon focuses on distinct and diverse content and value for the audience, and has just announced the addition of a live domain auction to the 2015 program.  The Auction will include a mixture of premium .com domain names and select premium names from new gTLDs with a range of price reserves.  The combination live/internet auction will be conducted by RightOfTheDot, LLC (ROTD) under a multi-year, exclusive partnership with NamesCon.

“We were initially reluctant to offer a domain auction, but the 15 years of domain auction experience, strength, reputation, and relationships that ROTD presented convinced us that their auction  will contribute to the distinct and diverse activities and sessions that NamesCon is known and respected for” said Richard Lau, NamesCon Co-Founder and Executive Producer.

“Michael Berkens and Monte Cahn of Right of the Dot have demonstrated to me on numerous occasions that they are invested in their relationships with the new and established registries in ways that extend beyond the sale” said Jothan Frakes, Co-Founder and Content Producer of NamesCon.  

Jothan added:  “Right of the Dot has the important pre and post-sale follow-up and quality assurance to ensure things operate smoothly.  This was a crucial consideration in the auction vendor process.”

“We are excited to work with NamesCon in establishing premium domain prices and sales for new and existing Top Level Domains,” said Monte Cahn, Director and President of RightOfTheDot.  

“We have worked with more than 20 new registries over several years in premium name strategies and sales which increased the value of their registry, the end user / buyer experience, and this really raises overall domain values for the industry. Our experience in conducting many successful domain auctions is unmatched in the industry and we are honored to have been selected by NamesCon to conduct the live and online auction at their events.”

NamesCon, the Domain Name Industry Conference held annually in January in Las Vegas, gathers the industry for amazing content, business networking, and activities with a focus on opportunity.   With over 7 keynote speakers, 30 breakout sessions, and feature material for anyone with an interest in domain names, the NamesCon producers are anticipating over 800 attendees in Las Vegas this January 11-14, 2015.  

The Live and Online Domain Auction conducted by RightOfTheDot, LLC will take place on Tuesday January 13, 2015.  There will be both pre-bidding on names listed in the auction as well as an extended auction after the event that will run for several weeks.

Registries and premium domain owners interested in submitting domains for consideration should send an email to  More details will also be announced over the next several weeks leading up to the event.

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