Speaker Profile: Richard Merdinger

GoDaddy was a bit of a unicorn in the domain naming space. It started out to “do something on the Internet” and ended up transforming how online identities and presences are viewed, acquired, provisioned and used. I’ve been with GoDaddy for 13 years; I started with GoDaddy in 1997, but had a 6-year hiatus outside the industry.

Speaker Profile: Statton Hammock

Rightside is a vertically integrated domain name services company. We sell domain names through Enom’s vast reseller network, as well as through name.com. We also operate 40 new TLD names including .news, .live, .video, .social, and .rocks.

Hand Up For Your Startup: Win a Network Lane Space

Kick off NamesCon on the right foot on Sunday January 22nd at our Network Lane, a one-day-only exhibition hall where exhibitors have the unique opportunity to have an up-close-and-personal networking day.

Speaker Profile: Karen Bernstein

Since 2007, Bernstein IP has been advising and counselling on trademark, copyright, and Internet matters. Now on our 10th year, we have added an Of Counsel patent attorney with a Computer Science degree.

Speaker Profile: Eugene Rome

I founded Rome & Associates in 2007 after leaving a prominent litigation boutique. We initially focused exclusively on intellectual property issues. Domain names, along with its myriad of emerging and evolving IP laws, such as the CDA, DMCA, etc., felt like a natural transition. Ever since we started working with our first domain client — a registrar of some renown among NamesCon guests — we immersed ourselves in the domain world, representing domainers, registrars, registries, service providers, domain escrow companies and brokers in litigation, ICANN-compliance and applications, transactions, bulk-sales and other domain-related legal matters.

Featured Attendee Profile: Amanda Burris

Rightside is all about helping you tell your story, your way. We believe that everyone can find opportunity on the right side of the dot — for storytelling, for commerce, for innovation, and for you. I’ve been with Rightside for a few months, learning about all things related to the domain industry — I love it!

Speaker Profile: Victor Pitts

Name Your Startup is a creation of my partner Cate Colgan and myself. We launched this company in August 2016. Our purpose is to help startup businesses choosing wisely when selecting a domain name for branding. We provide consultation and buyer brokerage services.

Speaker Profile: Michael Gilmour

Established in 2007, ParkLogic provides professional domain investors with both a highly experienced team and a domain management platform that maximizes the revenue generated from domain traffic. The ParkLogic team saw there was a real need in the industry for a disciplined analytical approach to domain acquisition, management and disposal. The Next generation of the ParkLogic platform was designed with the knowledge and experience of the past decade to help continue to increase our client’s returns into the future.

Why you should stay at the official NamesCon conference hotel

NamesCon is less than two months away and we predict another record-breaking year with well over 1,400 attendees expected at our 2017 event! We’ve been sweating over every detail to organize our best conference yet, with several meet-the-expert sessions, speed exhibits, our annual domain name auction and our new mobile app.

Speaker Profile: Chris Sheridan

I have been at Weebly for two years. Weebly is a global platform allowing entrepreneurs to easily create a website, blog, or e-commerce store. In 2015, we launched our Weebly Cloud platform. Weebly Cloud allows any web host, telco, domain registrar, or domain registry to resell Weebly services to their customer base. Two years later we now have 200+ partners globally!