Speaker Profile: Negar Hajikhani

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01Negar Hajikhani
Senior Sales and Brokerage Consultant — Sedo.com


Session Name: China Masterclass
Location: Houston, TX / Boston, MA
Number of years in the domain industry: 8 years
Favourite extension: .com
Best city for conferences: Las Vegas, NV


Describe your company and how long you have been there?

Sedo.com is the world’s largest domain marketplace, where I’ve had the privilege to work in premium domain acquisition and brokerage for the past eight years.

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?

At the core of our business is the Sedo marketplace, which connects buyers and seller from around the globe. To compliment that, we offer award-winning domain brokerage, traffic monetization, appraisals, transfers, auctions, MLS partners networks, and of course support in over 25 languages!

What are your thoughts on the new TLDs?

Although the .com still remains the most desirable on the aftermarket, the arrival of new TLDs may very well bring significant changes to the domain name landscape in the near future.

What kinds of changes do you foresee within the industry in the next year? 5 years?

I think there are some exciting new emerging markets that will certainly impact the industry on a global scale. I also see a lot of new opportunities as companies try to align themselves with changing consumer behaviour and new technologies that make the whole world of eCommerce available on smartphones at all times.

What are you most looking forward to at the upcoming NamesCon?

Having interesting debates with colleagues in the industry, meeting new and old friends, and sharing ideas and knowledge on the panels.

What industry trends or topics do you think will be at the forefront of panel and keynote discussions this year?

Certainly how some of the new markets like China and India will affect the space.

How did you get your start in the industry?

I studied International Business Management with a special focus on Asian Pacific Management. International commerce and networking have always been passions of mine. With its worldwide connections, exciting trades, and a great group of people, the domain industry offered exactly what I was looking for. I initially started with an internship at Sedo eight years ago and was very excited to be learning from one of the world’s biggest players. I loved what I was doing and worked my way up pretty quickly. Now I am a Senior Sales Executive and focus mainly on premium domains.

What advice can you offer those who are just getting their start in the domain industry?

Contact people from the industry; don’t be afraid to ask questions.

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

We are like an eBay for domain names, and I help facilitate those deals.

If you had fifteen extra minutes each day, what would you do with them?

Spend more time with my family and friends.

Latest and greatest accomplishment in your career?

Certainly one of the more memorable accomplishments was winning the “Broker of the Year” award a few years ago!

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