Monthly Archives: October 2010

There was an interesting read on ZeroHedge a few weeks ago. The article made the case for announcement of a $3 trillion wave of Quantitative Easing starting on November 3 — the day after the US mid-term elections, and also the date of the next meeting of the Federal Reserve Board Governors. Since this provocative […]

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As expected, SwapFest-Miami was bigger and better. The participants in SwapFest-Miami came away with a nice haul.  The list of winning bids can be downloaded here.  SwapFest is now open for public bidding for the remaining inventory.  Bids will be accepted through Wednesday, 10/27 at 5 pm PT and announced by Friday, 10/29.  In this […]

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The pre-bids continue to roll in for SwapFest-Miami on 10/20.  As of Monday evening, Pre-bids for SwapFest-Miami already exceed the total bids for SwapFest-Seattle.  Since the SwapFest Dutch auction bidding format will be new for most of the participants, this blog post will provide a brief overview of how the bidding works for anyone who […]

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The weather in Miami is perfect and the pre-bidding for SwapFest is heating up. One bidder has already submitted more than 100 pre-bids. With more than 5,000 auction lots in this SwapFest, there is something for everyone. Whether you are attending SwapFest-Miami or not, Pre-bidding for SwapFest is a good strategy. Here is why. Pre-bidding […]

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The first SwapFest in Seattle was a surprise hit.  The efficient Dutch auction model made it possible to auction more than 3,000 domain assets in less than 90 minutes using an auction format that is fun and transparent.  The idea of SwapFest was big enough to justify developing a business around it.  To this end, […]

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Earlier this week, we began shipping Epik | eCommerce, our new e-commerce platform. To say we are excited about this platform is a gross understatement. Epik| eCommerce is much more than just a shopping cart: It is a complete online marketing and sales solution that is powerful and easy to use, giving you everything you […]

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At the September Epik Developer Conference, we announced that Epik would be shipping full eCommerce in Q4.  Well, I am delighted to announce that the first eCommerce portal to go live is EmergencyFood.com.   The platform is officially launched and we believe that this is the single largest leap forward in capability since the start of […]

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The theme of Domain Names as an investment asset class was covered at length in the opening presentation at Epik DevCon last month.  It also led to some good discussions, offline and online.  What I think many Domain Investors don’t fully comprehend is the notion of a “tipping point”, i.e. when suddenly, a generation of […]

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Epik recently sold a domain name (www.nighttherapy.com) to a party who held a registered trademark to “Night Therapy.”   While not a windfall, the $7,500 selling price was still more than 100X of our cost basis in 2005 when we picked it up on the drop.  I asked Cliff Beer, Epik’s General Counsel, to comment on how […]

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