DNS Industry CEO Roundtable Event

by Fadi Chehadé on January 18, 2013

I had the pleasure of hosting leaders of the registrar community this week in Los Angeles to discuss key issues taking place within the Domain Name System (DNS) sector.

Through interactive dialogue and a stimulating exchange of ideas we all shared insights into the opportunities, possibilities and changes occurring within the industry. As stakeholders in the ICANN community, the globally-based registrars are able to provide constructive ideas about creating a platform for growth, innovation, and greater consumer awareness.

Video Play Button I recap the event in the video below.


Roundtable participants (as pictured) include:

Top Row (from left to right):

Theo Hnarakis, Managing Director & CEO, Melbourne IT
Richard Rosenblatt, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Demand Media
Bhavin Turakhia, Founder & CEO, Directi
Richard Lau, Owner, DomainManager.com
Matt Mansell, Head of Domain Strategy, Host Europe Group and CEO & Founder (former), Mesh Digital Limited
Gary McIlraith, CEO, NetNames (formerly Group NBT)
Hiro Tsukahara, translator, GMO Internet, Inc.

Bottom Row (from left to right):

Matt Serlin, Chair, Registrar Stakeholder Group and VP, Domain Operations, MarkMonitor
Elliot Noss, President and CEO, Tucows
Blake Irving, CEO, Go Daddy
Masatoshi Kumagai, CEO, GMO Internet, Inc.




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Victor Ndonnang 01.22.13 at 1:59 am

Dear Fadi Chehadé,

Thank you for sharing this with us. It is a great initiative and event indeed.
I would first of all like to thank you for your intention and engagement to help developing economies to become part of this DNS industry. There is a real need to do so if we want the ICANN to be more inclusive and global.

I hope and I strongly believe that the ICANN’s Africa Strategy that you initiated will help more African businesses or start-ups to join the DNS industry. We, Africans participating in ICANN will help make that happen.

Finally, how about introducing some “positive discrimination” into the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA)? Because It is very difficult or even impossible for companies from developing economies to fulfil all financial and insurance requirements of the RAA.

Wishing the best to the ICANN New Season.
Best regards.

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