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12|31|2012 08:08 pm EDT

Seven Hours to register for Webfest Global at the Early Bird rate

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events, Up to the Minute

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You a little less than 7 hours of the time of this post to register for next year’s Webfest Global in Santa Monica (formerly known as DOMAINfest Global) for $1,095. The rate will increase by $200 as of tomorrow. Webfest Global will be organized by’s DomainSponsor and will be held atFebruary 5-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Santa Monica.

The even features a party at Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion on February 6th. Webfest Global conference attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity of having dinner and cocktails directly under this amazing vehicle.  Former NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman will make a special appearance to share stories, answer questions and show souvenirs from past missions.

Another great night is planned at The Magic Castle where DomainSponsor has reserved the entire nightclub for its farewell dinner party.  Built in 1908, the Magic Castle is an historic Victorian manor that was a showplace for some of the world’s greatest magicians.  Since the Magic Castle is a private club, this is a rare chance to gain entrance and witness magical performances up close and personal.


10|18|2012 07:58 am EDT

DOMAINfest global becomes WebFest Global, opens registration for 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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Webfest Global 2013 Conference to Be Held February 5-7, 2013 in Santa Monica, California

LOS ANGELES, California (October 18, 2012) — DomainSponsor®, the online direct navigation traffic monetization unit of® and organizer of the critically acclaimed DOMAINfest® series of domestic and international conferences, announced today that online registration is now open for its Webfest GlobalTM conference to be held February 5-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

The agenda at the three-day Webfest Global 2013 conference will cover a variety of topics related to domain name investing, acquiring and converting online customers, and mobile monetization.  Agenda highlights are available on the event website.

“This marks our seventh annual global conference,” said CEO Debra Domeyer.  “Over the last few years, we have received very positive feedback from attendees about how our DOMAINfest agenda has evolved.  So we’re very excited about continuing our tradition of providing content and speakers that align with the ever-broadening interests of our conference audience.  Of course, we’re also excited to be providing an atmosphere and experience that facilitates networking and deal-making.”

Online Registration Now Open

The early bird discounted registration rate of $1,095 includes full conference admission on February 5-7, 2013 to all sessions, exhibit hall, daily breakfasts, daily lunches and all official dinner networking parties. It also includes a farewell breakfast on February 8th.  To register, visit

Moniker|SnapNames Live Domain Name Auction

Moniker|SnapNames will be hosting a live, premium domain name auction at Webfest Global 2013 on Wednesday, February 6th from 4:00 – 5:30pm PST. An extended online domain auction will start on Tuesday, February 5th and end at 3:15pm EST on Thursday, March 8th.   For details on how to submit domains for possible inclusion in these auctions, visit The submission deadline is December 14, 2012.


Conference Hotel

The entire Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica has been reserved exclusively for the conference in order to provide attendees with an intimate, distraction-free environment that maximizes networking opportunities.  Discounted hotel room rates are available via a special online reservation portal.  For details, please visit


Sponsorship Opportunities

A wide range of sponsor and exhibitor options and prices are available for companies interested in promoting their services to the domain investors, publishers and online marketing executives attending Webfest Global 2013.  For details, visit


About Webfest GlobalTM

Founded in 2006 by DomainSponsor®, the direct navigation traffic monetization division of, Webfest Global (formerly DOMAINfest®) is a conference series that brings domain industry and online marketing professionals together to learn, network and do business.  Content and speakers offer insights, tips and the latest best practices in areas such as web and mobile user acquisition, conversion and monetization, plus updates on how regulatory and ICANN policies impact domain name owners and brand marketers worldwide.  Attendees include domain publishers, internet entrepreneurs and wide range of online marketing executives and service providers. For more information, please visit  

About                                                                                                  ® is a leader in online performance marketing. Using proprietary technology, it helps advertisers acquire valuable, pre-qualified leads. Its DomainSponsor® business unit pioneered the monetization of direct navigation traffic in 2002 and now operates one of the largest PPC and CPV traffic networks in the world with over 250 million unique visitors per month. Oversee’s owned and operated lead generation websites in the travel, retail and consumer finance verticals produce over 14 million high-converting leads per month for advertisers by providing users with the information they need to make smart purchase decisions. Oversee also owns Webfest GlobalTM, a conference series for domain investors and online marketing professionals. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Oversee has offices in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany.

09|15|2011 02:15 pm EDT Lays off 13% of Workforce

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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As announced via email by today, the company has laid off 13% of its workforce. The official announcement sent to DNN in an email says:

As part of its plan to address new growth opportunities, has realigned its work force resulting in a staff reduction of 13 percent. These moves, along with pending new hires, will allow the company to leverage core assets to innovate more effectively, improve competitive positioning and achieve growth.

When question about the areas of reduction, the company stated they would not provide details, but stated that “the workforce reduction was across all functions”.

08|11|2011 09:59 am EDT

DOMAINfest Global 2012 Dates Announced by DomainSponsor

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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DomainSponsor, the domain name monetization unit of and organizer of the DOMAINfest series of conferences, has announced it will return to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica for their annual DOMAINfest Global event from January 31 to February 2, 2012.

As in past years, the entire Fairmont Miramar Hotel has been reserved exclusively for DOMAINfest Global in order to provide attendees with an intimate, distraction-free environment that maximizes networking opportunities.

Highlights from the February 2011 conference included a standing-room-only keynote address from legendary Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons, plus an entertaining fireside chat with Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. More than 700 domain name investors, online marketing professionals, and service providers from 30 countries attended the conference. A party at they event also made it into the main stream media through a mysterious illness that about 1/4 of the attendees.

Registration for the event will opens September 1st with an early bird registration fee of $995, which includes all sessions, meals and official evening parties, will apply from September 1 through September 30.  From October 1 through December 31 the standard discounted rate will be $1,195 per attendee.  Beginning on January 1, the regular pre-conference rate of $1,295 will apply. Discounted hotel room rates at the Fairmont Miramar hotel are available.

The company is also holding a New York Meet-Up event on August 23 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  at the Mad46 Rooftop Lounge, on the 19th floor of the Roosevelt Hotel at Madison Avenue and 46th Street. Attendees will enjoy speed networking, dinner and cocktails. Registration is $150 and is available online. Last year the NYC meeting was a “power networking day”, but for this year it has been transformed into an evening meeting, the price was lowered by $25.

07|26|2011 11:47 am EDT

Joe Higgins joins Rook Media

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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According to a post on Domain Name Wire and tweet by the new monetization company Rook Media, long time domain industry veteran Joe Higgins joined the company. Rook Media was founded by former NameDrive managers (Ash Rahimi, Ed Russell, Daniel Law, Martin Andersson) after the company changed ownership and restructured earlier this year. Joe Higgins left DomainSponsor earlier this year, where he had been a senior account manager for 6 1/2 years. Last year he helped to establish DomainSponsors’ European operations.

The Swiss based company is accepting applications to test their new parking system. According to DailyChanges they currently host over 120,000 domains on their DNS.

02|11|2011 09:10 pm EDT Issues Statement Regarding Mystery Illness

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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Update: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Sends out Survey to Conference Attendees

Just like Adam and myself a number of other attendees (over 75 according to DNN’s own count) have fallen ill after attending last week’s DOMAINfest in Santa Monica with a variety of diagnosis and treatments. Tonight a spokeperson for DOMAINfest Organizer Domainsponsor and its parent company issued the following statement:

DomainSponsor, the organizer of the DOMAINfest Global conference, and its parent company,, have been made aware that several people in attendance at DOMAINfest and various evening events during the week became ill during the conference or after it concluded.

There has been significant speculation about this situation, but as of now, not many actual facts are known. Only medical authorities are qualified to identify this illness and investigate its ultimate source, so toward the improvement and protection of everyone’s health, it’s important not to speculate or make unfounded assumptions. Of course, should you have a concern about your health, please seek the advice of a doctor.

The health and safety of DOMAINfest attendees is our first priority, and thankfully, most attendees and staff did not become ill, and those that did appear now to be feeling better. Even so, in order to accurately identify the health concern and prevent its further possible communication, we have consulted with Los Angeles County health authorities and at their request have provided them a comprehensive list of places we know gatherings were held (either organized by DOMAINfest or by others) during each day and night. We also have notified our vendors and service providers of the situation, and have encouraged them to cooperate with authorities and take any steps they believe necessary.

Medical authorities have further requested, and Oversee has provided, a list of all attendees and their e-mail addresses. You may already have received a link to a survey asking for more information. It is important that ALL attendees complete the survey, whether you were ill or not. This will help authorities narrow down the range of possible causes and sources. Only health authorities will have access to this data—neither Oversee nor any other party will be able to see it, so please do your part to help.

Oversee will continue to work with health authorities, though at this stage, work is best left in their hands. If there’s more we’re in a position to share about the situation, we will do so.

DOMAINfest was a great event—our best ever with more than 700 attendees—and it’s regrettable that this has cast a shadow over an otherwise good week. We’re very encouraged that most everyone is in improving health (including those on our staff), and look forward to seeing many of you in Barcelona in June.

11|18|2010 09:10 am EDT

DOMAINfest Global Adds Ben Mezrich as Speaker

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events, Up to the Minute

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Ben Mezrich, Author of “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook,” will Be Featured Speaker at DOMAINfest Global 2011
Fireside Chat to Include Remarkable Stories and Insights into the Minds of Young Geniuses

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (November 18, 2010) – DomainSponsor®, the domain monetization division of®, announced today that Ben Mezrich will be interviewed by Jeff Kupietzky, CEO and President of at the fifth annual DOMAINfest Global® (DFG) event, scheduled for February 1-3, 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif. Mezrich chronicles the amazing stories of young geniuses who become wealthy against tremendous odds while skirting the edges of morality.

Ben Mezrich latest book, “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal,” was released in 2009 and was optioned by Sony Pictures. Aaron Sorkin adapted the screenplay into the critically acclaimed and globally successful movie, “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher.

“It is a great pleasure to have Ben Mezrich join us,” said Kupietzky. “Ben’s ability to tell a story will captivate our entrepreneurial audience by offering a first-hand look at the incredible accomplishments of very smart people willing to take risks. Our audience will also hear his unique insights into the development and evolution of social media and why this medium is one of the most critical channels for businesses today.”

Mezrich is the author of eleven books, including the wildly successful “Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions.” This best seller was on The New York Times Best Seller List for 63 weeks and sold over two million copies in twelve languages.

In the span of his career, the author has brought readers into new and startling worlds, sometimes by surprising methods. During his research for “Bringing Down the House,” he taped $250,000 to his body and smuggled it with some of the most notorious card-counters in the world through airport security. While writing Ugly Americans, he visited exclusive “Japanese Only” underground sex clubs in Tokyo and juggled roadblocks and run-ins with the Japanese mafia.

The discounted registration rate of $1,195 for DOMAINfest Global (Feb 1-3, 2011) is available until December 31, 2010. Last year, more than 600 Internet professionals from 26 countries attended DOMAINfest Global.

[via Press Release]

03|02|2010 11:14 pm EDT

DOMAINfest Europe to be held in Prague on October 6/7

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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After organizing the largest event for the Domain Industry with their recent DomainFEST Global in Santa Monica,’s DomainSponsor unit has now announced the dates and location for their European event. DOMAINfest Europe will be held from October 6-7th in Prague in the Czech Republic at the InterContinental Hotel. The addition of the European event clearly underlines the company’s commitment of establishing a presence in Europe after opening an office in Frankfurt, Germany late last year. The event will also feature a live domain auction. Agenda and speaker details will be announced in June.

With this event the domain industry will be even busier in September/October than with DomainFest and TRAFFIC in January 2010:

For a full list of events of relevance to the domain industry, visit the Domain Name Industry Event Calendar, Please let us know if we’re missing an event.

02|15|2010 01:56 pm EDT

PCWorld Recommends to Block

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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IDG’s PCWorld just published an article by Jared Newman about 15 Internet Annoyances and how to fix them. Of course the author thinks that parked domains are one of them, even if they may actually get the user to where they want to go. So Newman recommends all domains that involve framed parking on the owned domain:

13. This Web Site is Bogus

Sometimes when you mistype a URL or click an old, abandoned link, you’ll come upon these junky Web sites filled with useless links, a search bar that returns who-knows-what and a deliciously ironic slogan, “What you need, when you need it.” This is the work of cybersquatters, who occupy Web sites in hopes that you’ll click on those links and make them some money.

The Fix: Firefox users can once again use BlockSite to turn one major cybersquatter’s Web sites into blank pages–just add “*” to your restricted list. This will foil one major cybersquatter whos sites always refer back to that domain, but unfortunately the same trick doesn’t work in Internet Explorer’s list of restricted sites. No matter what browser you’re in, never give squatters the satisfaction of clicking on anything.

Of course the article also calls anyone who would re-register and park a previously registered and expired domain a cybersquatter, forgetting that the term implies an actual infringement on someones trademark. Maybe we should add journalists who do not do proper research to the list? I guess I could post that as a comment on his article, but then again, that would require registration on the site, which also is one of the annoyances he lists.

11|27|2009 12:55 am EDT to Establish European Operations

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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After’s CEO and president Jeff Kupietzky toured Europe earlier this year, the company is now planning to open up a European office. DomainSponsor, the company’s domain parking brand had also held an “elite retreat” for their European publishers earlier this year.

The European division will be operated by Joerg Schnermann as the General Manager. He is the brother of Markus Schnermann of DomainInvest and Keyworddomains.  Joe Higgins, account manager at Oversee and Jessica Besseling, who returned to the company after working as Business Development Director at DDC, also will be joining Schnermann. Jessica and Joe have both extensively worked with the European domain space.

“The European market is considered to be the fastest growing sector in the global domain space,” said Peter Celeste, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Domain Services. “This is a significant milestone for DomainSponsor. We’re delighted to welcome such a talented core team of seasoned domain industry experts. They understand local needs and will help build on existing relationships and establish new ones within the European community.”