Jun 5, 2015
Jason Thompson

Join Us In LA For The July Southern California Domainers Meetup

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Join us in LA for the first Southern California Domainers Meetup of the year. I’ve been looking forward to hosting this meetup and now it will finally happen. For those of you that are out of town, this will be the perfect excuse for you to fly to Los Angeles and enjoy what the Southern California Domaining Community has to offer. If you haven’t witnessed it for yourself, make sure to do so!

The meetup date is tentatively set for July 24th @ 7:00 PM. More details will be announced about a venue and potential sponsors soon. There have been many changes in the domaining world since we had our last meetup and I can’t wait to discuss some of those changes with you! The meetup was announced yesterday and we already have 13 members who have RSVP’d!

To RSVP for the meetup, please do so here. Thanks!

Mar 15, 2015
Jason Thompson

My Sunday Funday

The first two weeks of March have been awesome! There’s really no other way for me to describe it. We spent a few hours today tracking my little brother’s progress at the LA Marathon and I’m dead tired, so I’ll have to make this short.

1.  I’ve definitely become a Cyber Security fanatic. I love everything about the field and am very fortunate to be working in what I consider one of my dream jobs. With that said, I’m now a Nexpose Certified Administrator and a Metasploit Pro Certified Specialist. I underwent two weeks of intense training and was able to pass both tests with flying colors!

One of my main goals this year was to obtain a few certifications and I was able to do just that. Next up will most likely be CCNA Routing and Switching. I’ve had my eye on this for quite some time and I feel the time is now right!

2.  When it comes to LA, .COM runs the scene. I know there are some big supporters out there of .LA, but I honestly don’t see many of those names out here. The trump card for .COM is the fact that the LA Marathon is using LAMarathon.com and not Marathon.LA. Would you blame them? After all, it is the LA Marathon and not the Marathon LA. ;-) Until branding like this changes, I won’t be registering any .LA domains.

LA Marathon

3.  It feels like Summer started early out here in Los Angeles. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has been extremely hot lately and I like that. It makes me want to get out of the house more. The finish line for the LA Marathon was on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Fortunately today, it wasn’t too hot and everyone, including the runners, were able to stomach through the heat.

4.  I’m wrapping up a small project for an old web development customer of mine. After that, it is back to focusing on my new company. For those of you who started a new LLC in California this year, make sure you file your Statement Of Information as soon as you can. After 90 days the penalty fees start kicking in!

5.  I will be wire framing a number of sites for my new company in the next few weeks. Then I will be designing those sites. I really can’t wait to launch a few to show you. Although my company is new, I’ve been working on it for years!

That’s all for now, I wanted to make sure that those of you who read this blog realized that I’ve just been a little busy! The list has died down a bit, but I am sure I will revive it soon. I sure hope all of you had an incredible weekend!

I’ll end this blog entry with a picture of my little brother accomplishing his LA Marathon goal. I snapped this around 10 – 15 minutes away from the finish line. His legs were cramping up through the race and he was able to get through it! How is that for motivation?

Omar Njie Los Angeles Marathon 2015

Mar 2, 2015
Jason Thompson

3 Reasons Why I Am Attending NamesCon

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We need NamesCon and I am attending the conference for that very reason. Although the domain space is fairly small, in reality it really isn’t that small. Yes, all of the big players may know one another, but that doesn’t mean anything these days. Just like the middle class, the average joe is what really defines this industry. We are all in this together and I am glad we finally have a conference which represents this notion. Regardless if you are into gTLDs or a die-hard .com fan, you need to make sure that you pay your dues and support NamesCon in 2016.

We need NamesCon and I am attending the conference for that very reason. Although the domain space is fairly small, in reality it really isn’t that small. Yes, all of the big players may know one another, but that doesn’t mean anything these days. Just like the middle class, the average joe is what really defines this industry. We are all in this together and I am glad we finally have a conference which represents this notion. Regardless if you are into gTLDs or a die-hard .com fan, you need to make sure that you pay your dues and support NamesCon in 2016.

With that said, here are 3 reasons why I am attending NamesCon in 2016:

1.  This has become the premiere conference to attend. Make no mistake, this is something that Richard Lau has been plotting, for quite some time. I know that for a fact and that is one of the reasons why it is so well organized. He didn’t just jump into it to make a buck. He jumped into it to completely pivot the domain conference space. Let’s face it, domain conferences have been dying a slow death until he decided to put his reputation on the line and create something that we could all benefit from.

2.  Richard Lau was nice enough to provide me with a free conference pass for 2015. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend. I’m in the middle of a transition period in my career and attending NamesCon would of made things a little difficult at my old job. Fortunately, my new job has an unlimited vacation policy. No, that doesn’t mean I can go and take the whole year off. It does mean that I can plan far in advance and make sure that I have January 10 th – 13th off. There is no way that I am going to miss the conference next year. I owe it to the domaining industry to be there. That’s the least I can do! For all of you that are wondering, I actually paid for my conference pass this year and I wouldn’t have it any other way. $199 is a great deal and I took full advantage of it!

3.  As a lot of people have said, having a conference in Las Vegas is a no brainer. I happen to agree with those people and I can honestly say that Las Vegas is one of those places that Dominique and I really enjoy. We’ll probably go to Vegas 5 or more times in 2015 and we will certainly be in Vegas for NamesCon. Vegas is unlike any other city in this country and it doesn’t hurt that you can gamble. ;-)

I’m looking forward to attending NamesCon, but the real question is when the next Southern California Domainer Meetup will be scheduled. I’m guessing that will happen fairly soon, so make sure to be there!

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