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Wish I Could Make It to NamesCon!

Posted on 13 December 2013 by Andrei

In my opinion, NamesCon will be a huge success.

Got a chance to talk to Richard and his team about being a speaker, had an interesting idea which they liked as well and all in all, it would have been a great experience. Unfortunately, due to bureaucracy-related reasons, it’s impossible for me to make it in January.

I’m not that much of a traveler, my passport actually expired and since I don’t travel outside the EU, I didn’t bother to get a new one (you don’t need a passport to travel to another European Union country).

Now I knew I’d need a visa but since we’re in the European Union now, I thought it would only be a formality. Boy was I wrong haha.

First, I’d need my passport. That would take a while but wouldn’t have been that much of a problem. So if I only needed a password and the process would have otherwise been a formality, I would have been able to make it.

Then, I’d need all sorts of paperwork and would basically have to spend something like a week just making sure I have everything.

After making sure I had everything I need, I’d have to schedule an interview and go to another city personally. The thing is, it would take another 2-3 weeks just to schedule it.

Even in a very optimistic scenario, I wouldn’t be able to make it or would barely be able to make it. Therefore, assuring people that I’d be there and that they could count on me wouldn’t have been responsible.

My mistake was assuming that the visa process would be just a formality since my country is in the EU, it seems that the process is still very complicated unfortunately. I would have loved to finally visit the US but since I underestimated the bureaucracy involved, it seems I’ll just have to wait a bit more.

If you can make it, I’d strongly recommend heading over to and buying a ticket. I wish Richard and his team all the best, they’re on top of their game and I’m 100% convinced the conference will be a smashing hit 🙂

7 Comments For This Post

  1. John Says:

    I’ve been in this business almost 20 years and I still can’t really see any reason to go to any show besides to party.

    Unless you are domain broker, sell domain related services or products, or something to that effect, what’s really in it for domain investors? Forming bonds? Why?

    Most of your best deals are not going to come from domain investors, they will come from original registrants.

    You could spend both the time and money going to a domain show on searching and buying more domains.

    If I ever go it will be for fun. I already know no real business will come from it.

  2. Andrei Says:

    @John: the thing is, the costs are extremely low. At the moment of writing, the price is just $399 and at such a low price, it’s hard *not* to break even 🙂

    Let’s assume you meet someone and that one year down the road, that person will help you close a sale at a $5,000 profit. The profit from just that one sale would be enough for 12 more conferences. The point I’m trying to get across is that at such a low price, it’s hard to assume you won’t ultimately make more money than what you’d spend.

  3. Andrei Says:

    Also, there are several other benefits which are impossible to quantify.

    Lots of good things can happen as a result of meeting domainers face to face and talking shop. Friendships, interesting conversations, potential partnerships and so on.

    Again, at such a low price and with such a great team behind NamesCon, it’s an excellent deal in my opinion.

  4. gene Says:

    I’m in agreement with John on this one.

    While I think that trade shows and conferences, in general, can be invaluable, domain-related events have never interested me.

    The postscript stories on these events consistently paint the picture that the core attendees are all buddies (which I have no problem with); but, it makes you realize that the possibility that ‘outsiders’ are going to be told ‘insider’s secrets’ from that crowd is less than zero. So blaze your own path and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing.

    I prefer to spend my marketing dollars to attend targeted conferences, which cover the areas of my domain investments, e.g., bleeding-edge technologies like Graphene, nanomaterials, and Printed Electronics. For niche players in domaining, the benefits of this path include (a) gaining additional subject matter expertise, (b) seeing what’s really going on in these niches, and (c) interacting with REAL end-users.

  5. Sukhjinder Says:

    It’s PASSPORT not pAssword lol

  6. Andrei Says:

    @gene: I don’t think anyone will share golden nuggets just because you went to a conference, not just when it comes to domaining but pretty much any other industry as well.

    Simply attending isn’t enough, you’d probably have to establish partnerships with someone in order to ultimately be on the receiving end of great advice. Even in that case, you’d have to put great advice on the table as well and share golden nuggets yourself.

    What I’m trying to say is that a conference is basically a platform, it gives you the opportunity to meet other domainers face to face. What you do as of that point is entirely up to you.

    As far as NamesCon is concerned, I think a lot of people will attend based on the buzz I’m noticing and that’s great news in my opinion.

    Given the very low cost, I think it’s a very solid deal.

    I don’t agree with those who think it’s just one big “inner circle” that nobody has access to and firmly believe that if you provide value and know how to network, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    @Sukhjinder: oops, that’s what the Internet does to you after a while, I actually make confusions like that one in the offline world as well 🙂

  7. Sukhjinder Says:


    Same here it happened to me I used to call online passwords as passport lol back in 90s

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