As you can see from the image, I’m currently in San Francisco (where it is still Saturday).
What a beautiful city. Yesterday the weather was clear and sunny, with a maximum temperature of about 15 degrees. (Melbourne residents would feel at home!). So I jumped on Big Bus Tours, and did a 2.5 hour tour. Magnificent. 🙂
SF is quite expensive though – both for residents and tourists alike. House prices have risen sharply in recent years, and renting an apartment in the Bay Area is not cheap. And cost of office space is huge.
Silicon Valley has a lot to answer for!
Check out the following articles – and remember that prices are in US dollars!
NamesCon was just the best. I’m so happy I made the decision to go – even though it cost big bucks.
The insights and knowledge that I gained were incredible; and the new friends and contacts I made were such a bonus. Also, as I said last week, to meet online friends in person for the first time was very rewarding.
I’ve come away with a different set of perceptions to all aspects of the domain business, and I will be writing about these in depth over the next week.
My recommendation to anyone who is involved in the “online world” is that you should do whatever it takes to get there next year. The benefits far outweigh the costs. Seriously.
Here’s a picture of “Two and a Half Aussies” at NamesCon – Troy Rushton from Name Investors, myself – and the honorary “half” – Bob Olea from California (front). Bob is an international airline pilot who used to fly into Sydney for a long time. He is well known and liked by many Aussie domainers.
Also met up with quite a few other Aussies (we’re everywhere!). Jonathan Horne made the effort to fly over from Melbourne, and it was great to catch up with him over a few days. Same goes for young Cameron Bell from Fabulous / Drop.com.au (pictured below).
One of the big eye-openers for me at NamesCon was the increasing acceptance and popularity of some new gTLD’s.
Several far more seasoned domainers / domain brokers (like Andrew Rosener from Media Options) also expressed this same sentiment.
Prices being paid for some of these domains (at auction) really emphasised to me that I need to take my blinkers off.
Frank Schilling summed it up perfectly in his keynote address when he likened the new gTLD’s to this saying from Marty McFly in the iconic movie “Back to the Future”:
(Marty was addressing the shocked expressions at the dance after playing a wild heavy metal guitar solo – which they’d never experienced in there life before!).
So I have decided to “dip my toes in the water”, and selectively jump on the bandwagon. 😉
Best wishes for your online success …