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Video interviews, panel discussions, articles and Q&As featuring Michael Berkens.

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DomainSherpa Discussion: ICANN Oversight; DNForum.com; Heartbleed; Verisign…

DomainSherpa Discussion: ICANN Oversight; DNForum.com; Heartbleed; Verisign…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Is the ICANN oversight issue overblown, or significant to you as an investor?
* A physical letter from a reader about .LA domain name valuations
* What should you expect on the new DNForum.com? (hint: there’s a surprise)
* Heartbleed and what it means to you as an internet user and business owner
* Verisign published their Domain Name Industry Brief and the Sherpas chimed in
* Congratulations to Mike and Judy Berkens on their pending 27th year anniversary!
* And more!

We’re joined by Adam Dicker, Mike Berkens, Page Howe and Rick Schwartz.

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DomainSherpa Discussion: ICANN Singapore; Neustar Buys .CO; IRS & Bitcoin…

DomainSherpa Discussion: ICANN Singapore; Neustar Buys .CO; IRS & Bitcoin…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* What actually happened at ICANN 49 in Singapore this week?
* Neustar acquires the .CO registry, who’s it good for?
* The IRS decides how you should treat Bitcoin on your taxes, know how?
* Page Howe finds a potential “We Get It” TRAFFIC award nominee in Water.com
* Does Twitter “get it” with First-Tweets.com registration?
* And more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: U.S. Relinquishing ICANN Control; Verisign Stock; Go Daddy IPO…

DomainSherpa Discussion: U.S. Relinquishing ICANN Control; Verisign Stock; Go Daddy IPO…

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* U.S. Department of Commerce relinquishing control over ICANN in September 2015, Good for investors and the Internet?
* Verisign stock drops 10% on ICANN news, Why?
* Go Daddy talks to bankers about potential IPO, Will you invest?
* In the wake of the Donuts.co and eco.TLD “claw back”, what are the rights and responsibilities of registries?
* Mike Berkens’ MostWantedDomains.com sells Teabox.com for $30K, Startup seeks $1MM in seed funding on TechCrunch.com, Productive to look back at sales?
* And more!

DomainSherpa Discussion – Mar 12, 2014

DomainSherpa Discussion – Mar 12, 2014

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Question from the audience: is a firstname.newTLD worth registering?
* Question from the audience: should I have business insurance for accidental domain name registration of a trademark?
* Google.com gives away 5,000 domain names if you build a website
* Donuts.co takes-back properly registered domain names because they were on a reserved list but accidentally were sold — this happened to TWO Sherpas on today’s panel
* Is the TMCH system being “gamed” by people to register generic domain names in new TLDs
* A new database of domain name historical sales is available
* How Page Howe made his domain name go from zero to $11,000 on Estibot.com
* And more!

DomainSherpa Discussion – Mar 6, 2014

DomainSherpa Discussion – Mar 6, 2014

This is the show where we discuss domain name industry news with a panel of veterans and thought leaders.

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* We’re separating the DomainSherpa Review and Discussion Discussion shows
* Whisky.com sells for $3.1 million, TorontoDomainer.com earns a $310,00 commission
* SnapNames.com sold by KeyDrive to Web.com: what’s staying the same, what’s changing
* New TLD numbers: do they really matter?
* Uniregistry.com reverses their policy on reserving domain names; is Frank Schilling waffling?
* Mike Berkens shares audience responses from a recent conference: what does .com stand for and why that matters
* And more!

Escrow.com for Domain Names
DomainSherpa Review – Feb 27, 2014

DomainSherpa Review – Feb 27, 2014

In this show:
* 67 bitcoin and current-related domain names
* 8 bitcoin and crypto currency domains in the pre-release at NameJet are reviewed
* One Sherpa domainates the “Name That Price” game

For multiple domain name lists and portfolios, the Sherpas answer:
* Which domains are valuable, and in what way?
* What is the market value (both wholesale and retail) of the best domain names?
* Which domains are worthless and should be dropped?
* Which domain names may invite legal issues, such as a UDRP case or cybersquatting lawsuit?
* Which domains do our Sherpas want to make an offer on?

A fantastic discussion in the After Show about:
* Questions from the audience about bitcoin domain values
* What the Sherpas are registering in the new TLDs
* Why Uniregistry had few sales in the first day of .sexy and .tattoo availability
* How the market is shaping-up for selling new TLDs
* Why Page Howe thinks .LA is just as strong as .NYC
* Rick Schwartz’s recent purchase in another buyer’s failed auction purchase
* And much more!

We’re joined by four Domain Sherpas: Adam Dicker, Michael Berkens, Page Howe and Rick Schwartz.

DomainSherpa Review – Feb 13, 2014

DomainSherpa Review – Feb 13, 2014

In this show:
* A recently-purchased portfolio of four- and five-figure domains from a successful domain name investor and entrepreneur
* 15 mostly two word .com domains in the pre-release at NameJet are reviewed
* We switch up the lightening round from “Registered or Available” to “Name That Price” and crown a winner
* A fantastic discussion in the After Show about Mike Berkens’ recent sale of Malls.com for $350,000
* New gTLD purchases by Sherpas
* Trademark registrations of new gTLDs
* Analyzing drop lists
* Finding trending topics
* And much more

This is the show where we get into the minds of successful domain name investors and talk about the value of specific domain names. By listening to the Sherpas, we expand our thought process so we can become more successful investors ourselves.

We’re joined by four Domain Sherpas: Adam Dicker, Michael Berkens, Page Howe and Rick Schwartz.

DomainSherpa Review – Feb 6, 2014

DomainSherpa Review – Feb 6, 2014

In this show:
* 70 political domain names are discussed and valued
* 20 nice .net domains in the pre-release at NameJet are reviewed
* “Registered or Available” game — we crown two kings
* A fantastic discussion in the After Show about keeping pairs of domains (.com, .net + .org)
* Starting today as a new domain name investor for $80

This is the show where we get into the minds of successful domain name investors and talk about the value of specific domain names. By listening to the Sherpas, we expand our thought process so we can become more successful investors ourselves.

We’re joined by four Domain Sherpas: Adam Dicker, Michael Berkens, Page Howe and Rick Schwartz.

DomainSherpa Review, Sherpa Challenge – Jan 30, 2014

DomainSherpa Review, Sherpa Challenge – Jan 30, 2014

In this show:
* “The Sherpa Challenge” is accepted — four Sherpas show what domain names they’ve hand registered, drop caught and purchased
* 20 nice domains going to auction at NameJet soon are evaluated
* “Registered or Available” game — see who won today’s competition

This is the show where we get into the minds of successful domain name investors and talk about the value of specific domain names. By listening to the Sherpas, we expand our thought process so we can become more successful investors ourselves.

We’re joined by four Domain Sherpas: Adam Dicker, Michael Berkens, Page Howe and Rick Schwartz.

DomainSherpa Review – Jan 23, 2014

DomainSherpa Review – Jan 23, 2014

In this show:
* 118 “really cool brandable” domain names are reviewed
* 15 nice domains going to auction at NameJet soon are evaluated
* Both sides of the “plural versus singular” debate as it relates to NoseJobs.com
* “Registered or Available” game — see who won today’s competition (new winner!)

This is the show where we get into the minds of successful domain name investors and talk about the value of specific domain names. By listening to the Sherpas, we expand our thought process so we can become more successful investors ourselves.

We’re joined by four Domain Sherpas: Adam Dicker, Michael Berkens, Page Howe and Rick Schwartz.

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