By now you are all getting to know Danny Welsh and why after all these years he would be my "Orville". I talked about Wilbur and Orville a number of times over the years. I always said that Orville would find me. And so here we are. We are at the gateway of the bridge to a 20 year vision that I have maintained every minute since 1995 like a Sentry Dog on Guard Duty. Sometimes with a growl. And if taunted will bite.
I saw something so vivid and clear back then that when I look at the picture now, I just get chills. I wrote my thoughts every day and every step of the way so that the historical evidence would be intact for anyone to see. To follow. To understand and embrace. Or not. But it is here and there and everywhere with 18 years of writings in public arenas in a way that I knew one day would serve me well when we finally reached the point we are reaching now.
Just like a song writer composes songs I composed my thoughts each and every day. Why? I've been very lucky in life but I don't like being accused of being lucky when I work hard at my hobby. Have been out there busting my ass since I am 16. Who knows the difference between true talent and bullshit.
Go back to 1996 and ask Joe Holler, Serge, Ron Levi and dozens more. The folks on Ynot, Netpond, Oprano. The folks on my chatboard and the folks like you reading my words right now and since 2007 right here. As much as I write for you, and I do, I also am writing for all those folks that are 18 years behind. They can have a full understanding right here and then go on to so many other resources to fill in the blanks and gaps.'
But make no mistake about it. What I envisioned then is unfolding now. How can I tell? At this point you just have to know that I would not mess around with something this big and this important. I am not out to make a fool of myself in front of you. I am out to open the flood gates of the possible. I will prove and demonstrate exactly what I am talking about. We are working on things that are big because we think big and we truly understand the depth and value of a great domain.
And you ask what if I am wrong? Well that's an easy one, I will try until I am right. But I am not wrong and I have already demonstrated what a multi-dimensional lease or sale looks like several times. It IS the future. It was the future 18 years ago. But most students don't graduate college until they are 21 or 22 or more. This INDUSTRY is about to graduate. The Internet is about to graduate and so are the inhabitants.
Anyone paying attention knows that in 60 days JointVentures.com has changed the direction and destiny of the industry. Fear is now hope and optimism. Folks see we have a plan and we will stick to it.
Lastly, thank you all for your submissions. Unlike the auctions, I was sent some FANTASTIC domain names. Not all leasing material. But I feel we were honest with those that sent us domains and I think as we go forward we can demonstrate what the keys are in making one domain leaseable and one domain saleable but not leaseable.
As you know by now Danny is a man of very few words. ok, neither of us are exactly men of few words. But sometimes big ideas take a while to give a complete tour of because of all the different elements and moving parts. But words can move mountains. Ideas can move the world. Leasing has moved the domain industry and the proof just keeps coming.
We get to enjoy a few more days with you. Because on February 1st, everything changes and we go to work. This phase is now on cruise control. And while I know you don't have the time to read each post right now, you will have the ability to come here and read a little bit each day. I believe if you do, you will see what we see,
If your domains are not lease quality, then start chasing domains that are. Some of my very best domains are just not lease candidates. I am hoping as we release the entire list on Friday, February 1st that you will have a better understanding of what we are looking for and why.
Below are all of Danny's great posts. There will be 4 more added to this page as the week progresses and I release his last 4 posts right here on RicksBlog.com. These posts are done and ready to go. Wish I could post them all right now. But they contain real thought provoking content. Words, thoughts and ideas that on one hand challenge you and on the other show you another path.
Like almost all domainers we did not start out as domainers. Most had an earlier profession. Lawyer, stock broker, bankers, salesman, doctors, pilots, accountants, etc. We all come from different backgrounds and folks that is what truly gives us as a community great strength.
In the weeks ahead I will share some secrets with you. Things behind the scenes. Things that Danny and I disagreed on and how we found resolution. The obstacles and challenges. Maybe the tenants have not started moving in yet but the frame of the structure is up and to me personally, THIS was a bigger challenge than what lay ahead. Truly what I believe. Getting to THIS POINT was the challenge.
Now Danny won't agree with me here because he has a huge task in front of him. But I will even tell my partner Danny Welsh right here in public that when he looks back he will see that the largest part of moving mountains has already been done. The mechanism while not fully in place is planned out.
What I am saying is just getting to this point was a tremendous undertaking. It was real WORK! But this is when the fun begins. At least for me. I enjoy the art of negotiation. I can duel in any setting or arena. I can fight to the death or I can fight for the common win. I walk away from bad negotiations and some will never even start.
It gets a whole lot easier once both sides articulate what is important to them. I just start with one set of premises. They want to increase sales. They want to improve their bottom line. They want to expand their business base. They want to get more qualified folks to their site. They want to beat their numbers from last month and last year. They want to out maneuver their competition. They would much rather bury that competition all together but they will settle for something that shakes things up a bit. These are common to all businesses.
Now it is time to go to market! We will be releasing our final list for 2013 within the next couple of days and the show begins!
Have a GREAT Day!