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|DomainFest Comes to Santa Monica|
By Ann K. Williams
February 2, 2011 – Domain speculators from around the world are converging on Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar this week – nearly 700 have registered for DomainFest, a gathering of entrepreneurs who make profits buying and selling internet domain names.
Like 19th century land speculators who bought and sold frontier land bordering the newly built railroads, these people make a business out of gambling on the value of names like Footwear.com and OnlineChatRoom.com.
“Our mission is to help the domain industry evolve, to help domain investors succeed by expanding beyond their comfort zone,” Mason Cole, DomainFest spokesman and Vice President of Corporate Communications for Oversee.net, said Tuesday.
“To accomplish this, we go out of our way to bring together not just the brightest minds in the domain industry, but also the brightest minds from outside the domain industry.”
Attendees will get the full scope of their expert opinion in an array of speeches and workshops, including:
And they'll get to participate in “Moniker Auctions” featuring names like WifiMap.com, LoanQuotes.com and even Girl.com, Kiss.me and Love.me.
If they get tired of learning how to make more money, they can go to a Polynesian Paradise Party at the Miramar, a Golden Age of Hollywood party at the Mondrian Hotel's famous Sky Bar and even a party at the Playboy Mansion.
Attendees are not only speculators, they're also “investors, web developers, domain name holders,
search and optimization experts, venture capitalists, search engines, domain name registries and registrars, and others,” Cole said.
“Investors have created portfolios of names and content that are valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars” Cole added, and, according to VeriSign, an industry watchdog, there were 192 million domain name registrations by the end of 2009.
Even with a registration fee of nearly $1400, attendance at this somewhat unusual convention is said to be growing, and it will finish Friday morning, February 4.
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