Michael Berkens Archive

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

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DomainSherpa Discussion: ComeIn.Tokyo, .TK Passes 25MM, .Moe’s Pending 200MM Regs, Domain Scourge…

DomainSherpa Discussion: ComeIn.Tokyo, .TK Passes 25MM, .Moe’s Pending 200MM Regs, Domain Scourge…

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

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* What new gTLDs did the Sherpas buy in .Tokyo, .Moe, .Consulting, .Kaufen (buy in German), .Media, .Associates, .Lease and .Pictures. EAP for .Reisen (travel in German), .University, .Town, .Toys.?
* .Moe predicts 200 million registrations; Are they sMOEking something?
* Next week’s general availability preview: .WTF, .Fail, .Financial, .Limited
* ICANN is done evaluating all 1,930 new gTLD applications from the 2012 round; What have we learned? When’s the next round of apps?
* .TK passes 25 million registrations; Is this business model the future of domain name registries?
* Go Daddy bug gets audience member’s registrations voided. What are they doing about it?
* The scourge of domain name registrars taken down; Why did it take so long?
* Reader question: Unsolicited $1,500 offer worth a lot more…should he push it to GoDaddy auction and let the market decide the price?
* And more!

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DomainSherpa Discussion: The Next .Com; RightSide; Reader Questions…

DomainSherpa Discussion: The Next .Com; RightSide; Reader Questions…

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

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Launched this week…what new gTLDs did you buy, do you like/dislike? .bar, .rest, .gripe, .exchange, .capital, .moda, .engineering
* Guerilla marketing of.XYZ. What did they do?
* The biggest registrant of .Bar domains so far is .Bar. Did they give investors/end users a chance to reg first?
* Reader question: Who’s likely to win .Web? Will .Web be the next .Com?
* Demand Media set to spinoff Rightside on August 1, but SeekingAlpha thinks it’s going to sink like the Titanic. Will it?
* Reader question: Can you use a .co.com as a state abbreviation for Colorado?
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: $1.2B Payday; .RegistryReserved; Bitcoins.com…

DomainSherpa Discussion: $1.2B Payday; .RegistryReserved; Bitcoins.com…

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

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Castello Brothers looking for a $1.2B payday: Who isn’t. Are they crazy or are we ignorant?
* What new gTLDs did the Sherpas buy in the last week: .co.com, .gop, .blackfriday, .christmas, .services, .pub
* .co.com entered GA with “single digit thousands” of registrations. What do the Sherpas think about the long-term success of the registry as a business?
* Bitcoins.com is selling in the upcoming HA.com auction. What do the Sherpas think it will sell for? Is the plural awkward?
* Question from audience: Was Satoshi.com a good buy for $75k on Sedo or is it a long-shot?
* Question from audience: is building sites on new TLDs risky?
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: Google Domains; Beliebers Don’t Buy .Tattoo; Fight or Flight UDRPs…

DomainSherpa Discussion: Google Domains; Beliebers Don’t Buy .Tattoo; Fight or Flight UDRPs…

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

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Google shakes up the registrar industry with their announcement. What can we expect?
* Justin Bieber plugs a .tattoo domain name to his 300,000+ followers with a surprising result
* What new gTLDs did the Sherpas register in: .ink, .supplies, .supply, .tools, .industries, .parts, .wang, .fishing, .vodka, .rodeo, .country, .cooking. ,horse, .fish, .vision, .report
* US and UK lag behind China in new gTLD awareness. What does that mean to investors?
* NetNames’ put out their Internet 2020 report. Supposedly more new gTLDs be registered per day than .com and .net combined in the next few years? I call BS. What do the Sherpas think?
* Verisign downgraded by Wells Fargo based on slowing sales. Should you be worried too?
* Mike Berkens wins two UDRPs recently. I want to know: at what cost does it take to defend? What’s the business thought process of “defend versus walk away”?
* Question from audience on flipping names
* And much more!

DomainSherpa Discussion: Lend.me, CentralNic Buys Internet.bs, .Berlin Giveaway…

DomainSherpa Discussion: Lend.me, CentralNic Buys Internet.bs, .Berlin Giveaway…

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

In this DomainSherpa Discussion:
* Francois Carrillo launches Lend.me. Does the marketplace need financing? Who are Lend.me’s competitors?
* CentralNic buys Internet.bs for up to $7.5 million. Smart move to diversify or moving away from their core competency?
* .Berlin gives away 67,000+ registrations in one day. Is this the new business model norm for TLDs?
* NameJet & Right of the Dot team-up for .Global auction at ICANN next week.
* Question from the audience: Singular and plural trademarks, when is it ok and when are you going to get in trouble? (Note: this is not advice, consult an attorney)
* Google Adwords and adult traffic
* What domains did the Sherpas buy in .community, .cleaning, .catering and .cards
* And much more!

Uniregistry.com
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.

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!

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