In a recent post, Mike Berkens of The Domains, explains in candid detail the process that took him from being in opposition of the gTLD program, to supporting it.
Mike’s not just another prolific domain blogger, he’s an expert domain investor with 75,000 domain names and possesses a law degree to boot.
On top of that, he has probably attended more international conferences, including those by ICANN, than any mainstream domain investor.
Mike’s remarkable change of heart regarding the gTLDs can be summarized in this powerful statement:
“So simply put, my involvement in the new gTLD’s is a result of the program, not my desire for the program. My message throughout the 5+ years New gTLD’s has been they have the potential to be a disruptive force to domain name space as we have known it for over 25 years.”
This statement, coming from an active domain investor’s mouth of Mike’s stature, is particularly empowering.
Personally, I have found Mike to be one of the nicest persons in the domain industry, particularly for his ability to explore and expand his options based on personal, painstakingly assessed research.
While my immersion in the gTLD program is a fragment of Mike’s, I too agree with the statement above; the tides of change in the domain name space are irreversible and profound. Smart domain investors will ride the wave to success, versus fighting it in anger.
Happy New Year and best of success to all.