As you probably heard – Rick Latona teams up with Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu to organize TRAFFIC conferences in 2010 and beyond. This includes not only European TRAFFIC editions but also those in US and Asia.
First of all, I think this is a very wise move – both for the founders of TRAFFIC and Rick Latona. Rick has been very active in domain business in recent months and did a lot of good work by developing this market in such a tough times (especially in US). TRAFFIC will give him additional boost and exclusivity for live domain auctions at the conference.
On the other hand Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu will benefit from Rick’s help, ccTLD market experience and his business skills. The synergy is quite obvious to me.
This new Trio will not only help themselves but they will also help THE DOMAIN INDUSTRY by spreading the news all around the world. We need something big to tell the world what domains are about and why they are so valuable. But WE NEED CHANGES. TRAFFIC is a great domain show but as the world evolves, TRAFFIC has to change as well. And will change – as we already heard from Rick, Howard and Rick.
So how will the new TRAFFIC look like?
Here are some facts and some hopes from my side:
– more domainers and attendees from outside the domain industry
– cheaper tickets that will help to achieve what I wrote above
– new locations of TRAFFIC like Hong Kong, Toronto and Europe
– themed conferences – targeted to the local audience
– new faces at panels (more speakers from outside the US)
– better auction inventory (more high quality ccTLDs in Europe – for example)
– even more networking opportunities (including special dedicated sessions)
Please add your suggestions, so Rick, Howard and Rick can make TRAFFIC domain conference even better. We all will benefit.
TRAFFIC in 2010
Here’s where and when TRAFFIC will be organized in 2010: Las Vegas (January/February), Amsterdam (March/April), Toronto (May/June), Reykjavik (July/August), South Florida (September/October), Hong Kong (November/December).
I believe that Reykjavik will be replaced with some other place (organizers asked to give comments about this location). Barcelona, St Petersburg, Prague and Rome are also taken into consideration.
From my side, I would propose Warsaw as well. This is 2 million, growing business city, capitol of 38 million country. Poland is well known for its strong .pl domain secondary market. You can also read about MeetDomainers conference that was held in October 2008 in Cracow (Polish version of Prague ;) on DNJournal.com to learn more about Polish domain market.
I keep my fingers crossed, good luck to Rick, Howard and Rick with the NEW TRAFFIC!