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.

STARTUP SHOWCASE

    @ 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.

Oct 2, 2015
Jason Thompson

Cyber Security Fridays: I’m A Cyber Security Engineer By Day

When I first started blogging, I felt it should solely focus on my online endeavors. I wanted to keep my side projects and business separate from my day job. Now that I am a little older and a lot wiser, the day job and my side business tend to intersect.

I can no longer just blog about what I am doing with domains. I figured incorporating what I do for a living would be interesting enough to write about. As some of you know, I am a Cyber Security Engineer. I take security extremely serious and feel that it is something that everyone should really factor into their daily lives.

With that said, here is a great video that I found that I feel everyone should watch. If you are utilizing public wifi spots, you might want to watch this video:

If you are interested in Cyber Security, make sure to check this blog. I plan on discussing important Cyber Security topics, hacks which have headlined the news, tools and more every Friday!

Oct 1, 2015
Jason Thompson

Dot Crap Domain Names?

I just got off of work and I figured I would catch up on a few feeds posted to Domaining.com. The first blog entry that caught my eye was Domain Name Investing for Dummies – The State of the End User Market. Toronto Domainer is certainly someone that I respect, but I was a little taken back at how he referred to the new gTLDs.

I think I counted him referring to the new gTLDs as dot crap about six times in the blog entry. As always, everyone is entitled to an opinion. Since that is the case, I guess I’ll share mine as well. What some are referring to as dot crap can also be looked as being a huge opportunity. If you don’t see the huge opportunity, then you just might miss the next wave which has crippled the so called .com industry to its knees. Even Toronto Domainer sees the impact that the new gTLDs are having.

If you are heavily invested in .com domains, then you might be feeling the pinch as well. I used to classify myself as a .com investor, but I now refer to myself as a domain investor. Each new gTLD possesses a certain power and the right combination will be just as effective as a .com domain, if not more effective. Although the majority of domains I own are .com, I wouldn’t necessarily refer to the new gTLDs as being crap. This is this mentality that segments our industry. If you are able to grab a solid keyword in a so called dot crap extension, why wouldn’t you?

After all domain investing requires diversification just like normal investing. Why would you put all of your eggs in one .com basket? I’ve been around long enough to identify the opportunity that some of us are too naive to accept. The opportunity is here for all of us to grab. Collectively we are all lucky to be at the forefront of this massive revolution. We’ve heard the rants, why not accept change and become someone who is capable of adapting to the times. That’s just my two cents! I’m pretty happy with the domain portfolio that I have built and I look forward to continuing to add new gTLDs to the mix.

Onwards!

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