He foreshadowed doing so quite a few months ago, and so it was no surprise to see him follow through.
I’ve known Tim for about 5 years, and he would best be described as a “character”. He certainly has opinions on everything! 🙂 Having said that, I find him to be a person of the utmost integrity.
There is one other factor that you can rely on with Tim – as you will see from his statement below, he is very passionate on the subject of direct registrations and small business.
This is his pitch for one of your votes! If you have any questions for him, you can post them in the “comments” section; or contact him directly.
Why I’m Nominating For The auDA Board
Back in May I announced my intention to run for demand class director, and now after months of unbelievable events within auDA, there certainly seems to be even more of a need for a true demand class director, not a half hearted ‘swayable’; that true demand person I believe is me.
So I have now lodged my nomination with auDA. My goal is to give members an opportunity to have a person on the board representing their best interests.
There is more to this election then just the .au, there are the discussions on many things that need actioning to bring the demand class out from a mostly Domainer membership to a more real “domain owner” membership. We need more members in auDA, having 150+ members is too small an amount for such an important organisation.
The question of membership fees and voting rights is also something to look at as I personally know from talking to grass roots clients that they all feel paying is ridiculous given they have already paid for their domain names.
My Position On .AU:
I just want to cover one thing first before I get onto the topic on every ones lips and that is the severe lack of communication to domain name owners by auDA, From the outside it seems auDA spends more time on informing the small 150+ members about events like the auIGF and the xmas party then it does communicating with the people who pay their wages, domain name owners, whilst a non profit organisation sits with millions of dollars and growing at its disposal – it just doesn’t make sense to me.
If we had greater communication to the millions of domain name owners I am sure we would not be talking about direct registrations.
1) I am against the introduction of .au in what I believe its present form will take, primarily this will not create growth, it is mere duplication for the sake of supply class profit from defensive registrations.
2) I will not vote for a change that involves an increase in costs to the consumer for something that is not needed.
3) If this goes through regardless then priority should be with the .com.au owner ONLY.
4) I am for the introduction of a .au as a replacement to the current .com.au, I believe shorter is better especially for the future with the take up of mobile devices, but not at the added expense of present domain name owners.
4b) If we undertake the .au then the .com.au should be scrapped following a comprehensive information campaign to all domain name owners over many “change-over” years.
No one as yet has presented any thing of benefit to warrant having both .com.au and .au in existence, we didn’t keep miles or inches when we went metric, we didn’t keep our old phone number when Telstra added a digit and the way an area code is represented, the list goes on with past examples of successful changeover examples in Australia rather then failed ones from the UK and NZ.
I think my view point is highlighted succinctly by “CarSales” in their 2015 Names Panel Policy Submission on Draft Recommendations:
Full submission here.
” CarSales’ view is that registrations under .au TLDs should not be made available because they do not provide the benefits that the Panel rely on to justify their introduction and they present complications for existing and future registrants. The existing 2LDs (.com.au, .net.au, etc.) that are available for use adequately service the needs of Australian domain registrants.”
“1. DO NOT INTRODUCE .au TLDs
1.1. Does not provide benefits presented by the Panel
1.2. Open to cyber squatting and bad faith registrations
1.3. Increased cost of maintaining domain portfolio
1.4. Impact on trade mark assets of business
I solely represent the stakeholders in this industry. My definition of stakeholder is domain name owners are stakeholders not registrars. Registrars are service providers like your ISP, you move from one to the other as it suits you, if one stops their service there is always another to take its place.
Registrars are services started to make a profit, like any good business, but I feel they have over influenced what happens with domains, they say there is a need for a new product when it appears that there is none and wish to create this product not to offer it to the market but to force the market to purchase it.
Who Is Tim?
My background has always been in sales and management positions in private enterprise.
Management positions where systems follow/create and implement, decision making, problem solving, P&L, staff, sales/marketing/growth.
After 15years learning these types of skills from very successful large companies I went into my own business, now in its 16th year, starting in 2000 with very little knowledge about the internet/website building. I had an online idea where I built a website simply by asking search engines questions (google was only just starting then so it was yahoo, alta vista, etc.) and learning HTML, ASP and PHP from that. That business was great for a single bloke in Byron Bay but not enough for a wife and 2 kids but it did allow me to expand the business, and it now represents just a small part of my overall business. We are presently developing and expanding the business into several different areas and directions.
My business is 50/50, Web development for my own domains and everything from domain registration to building websites and beyond for clients. I dislike domains that sit around and do nothing and in the past I have had many that do, like all of us have. I am however progressing quite quickly now with changing that.
My innate skills allow me to learn quickly, everyday I learn and achieve things I have never attempted before, I love a challenge. I am a participant not an observer. I have never been on a board before but I have on many occasions created strategies as a team member for large companies to improve their systems and profit.
I am not afraid to say what I think and act on it, I am an open book on that, happy to listen to views that differ from mine and I have the ability to alter my view when I feel I have found a better one for all concerned which means I am not so stubborn that I do not have the ability for growth and change to occur, its a fundamental part of my life.
I’m a family man that lives in suburbia and knows the plight of SME’s , I’m “on the ground” talking with SME’s daily so I know and understand their real thoughts on this subject, from city businesses to small country towns, from Cairns to Melbourne. The real thoughts, not the ones that come from a survey of ‘leading’ questions.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you want clarity on where I stand on any subject that concerns you.
My hours are 10am till late, just ring and see if I am free, please drop me an email if after 6pm is when you want to talk.
- Phone: 0439 859 860
- Skype: whitecollarwebsites ( make it clear where you are from when you ask me to add you, otherwise it comes as spam )