Oct 7, 2015
Jason Thompson

Tuesday’s New gTLD Spotlight: Design.Vegas


I know, I know I was supposed to post this on Tuesday. :-) I had a long day at the office yesterday, so I figured I would post it now. Bruce is a good friend of mine, so I am sure he’ll understand!

Design.Vegas is probably one of the best representations of what someone should do with a new gTLD. The keyword is solid and the domain extension targets the entire Las Vegas region. You can’t go wrong with this powerful combination. Bruce Marler and his wife Tiffany are taking Las Vegas by surprise with their latest business endeavor.

In my opinion, effective marketing begins with a solid domain and Design.Vegas is one of the best domains out there. Not only are they promoting a solid new gTLD, they are essentially targeting a huge market which has practically unlimited potential.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that the site looks nice as well. I’m sure both Bruce and Tiffany will be flooded with business in the next couple of months, if they haven’t been already. Good luck to your new venture and I look forward to helping out in any way that I can!

Oct 5, 2015
Jason Thompson

Watch Out Cybersquatters, Here Come The Domain Snatchers

I always get a kick out of what the main stream media tends to cook up. I was browsing Google News and I ran into an article about domain names which I had to read. I’m kind of regretting that now as the author of the article is throwing around the term Domain Snatcher. What seemed like an interesting article quickly headed to La La Land.

The article describes how a comedian uses domain names for political messages, but then it quickly turns south calling the comedian a “prolific domain snatcher.” I’m sure this term has been used before, but don’t call the comedian a Domain Name Vigilante and then call him a domain snatcher. I mean, make up your mind already.

I found the article a little tough to read, but I felt it deserved to be mentioned. I would definitely spend a few minutes to browse it! Here is the link if you want to check it out for yourself:

The Domain Name Vigilante Trying to Extort Pharma Goblin Martin Shkreli

Oct 3, 2015
Jason Thompson

Saturday’s Featured Event: SoCal Innovation Forum 2015

On Sunday, USC is hosting a SoCal Innovation Forum. Events like these are pretty special because it is actually occurring during the weekend. The event is on October 4th, which is a Sunday. According to the description, the SoCal Innovation Forum (SIF) is one of the most influential forums when it comes to integrating Chinese and American resources in Southern California’s entrepreneurial community.

If I get enough of my work done today, I might just be able to attend this event with Dominique. I love learning new things and I am sure this forum will be full of informative sessions. According to the site, the event will take place at USC’s Town & Gown. The Oct 4th Demo session is $20 per person and it begins at 12:00 PM PDT. General admission for the event is $120. Yep, it is a bit pricey, but I’m sure it is probably worth it. For general admission, the main event starts at 9:00 AM PDT.

Here is the program agenda:

@Town & Gown of USC

09:00-09:10 Opening
09:10-09:45 Fireside Chat: Richard Wolpert, David Carter.
09:45-10:25 Incubator Panel: Kris Bjornerud, William Hsu, James Bottom.
10:25-10:55 Fireside Chat: Victor Yue Yuan, Adam Zheng.
10:55-11:10 Speech: Andy Wilson.
11:10-11:45 Digital Pannel: Parker Jones, Tony Chen, Peggie Li.
11:45-12:00 Speech: Eagle Yi.
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-13:05 Opening: Clayton Dube.
13:05-13:55 Online Marketplace Panel: Bo Wang, Alex Zhou, Deena Ghazarian, Isabel Gan.
13:55-14:25 Fireside Chat: Bing Chen, Ethan Dong.
14:35-14:50 SaaS Speech: Peter Wu.
14:50-15:25 Fintech Chat: Elizabeth Braman, Scott Robinson, Max Klein.
15:25-15:40 SaaS Speech: Kenny Berlin.
15:40-15:55 Branding Speech: Geoff McGann
15:55-16:20 Fireside Chat: Bettina Sherick, Claudia Xie.
16:20-16:40 Speech: Nathaniel Llorando.
16:45-17:00 VR Speech: Anthony Borquez.
17:00-17:15 VR&AR Speech: Yehuda Duenyas.
17:15-17:30 Closing.


    @ USC TCC Ballroom

    13:00-13:10 Opening
    13:10-13:20 Speech: David Carter.
    13:20-14:20 Showcase Session I
    14:30-14:40 SaaS Speech: Andy Wilson.
    14:40-15:10 Showcase Session II
    15:15-15:45 Investor Panel: Alyse Killeen, Josh Porter, Buck Jordan, Taylor Li (moderator)
    15:45-16:20 Showcase Session III
    16:20-16:40 Closing.

    If you want to attend this event, feel free to purchase your tickets here.

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