Good Luck and Good Fortune In Las Vegas

Morning Folks!!

I want to wish everyone going to Vegas Good Luck and Good Fortune!!

I was looking into the possibility of attending and hoping to get there however I took a fall  right around Christmas and re-injured my foot and big toe that was just in the process of healing from a good stubbing back in October. When it got worse over the next few days I thought I might have fractured it. I went to the doctor last week and after an x-ray and exam told me I have what is called "Turf Toe". Walking is not easy right now. My foot is taped up.. Getting around the house is a challenge. Alina calls me "Gimpy". So when I started looking to book a flight the other day, reality set in. I thought of airports and hotel lobbies and all the walking in Las Vegas and it just makes it impossible.

So just for the record.......I was hoping to get to the show without having to shave my head and just show up under the radar. Did not work out. Richard and Frank did a great job promoting and hyping and assembling so many people so fast.

Hope all my friends have a good time and want to do it again in May. I was hoping to see a few faces I had not seen in many moons and a few faces that I could put together with their name or nickname for the first time. It would have been fun to be a passenger on the show train and not the conductor. Not have to worry about keeping the train on track and all the other stuff you need to worry about when snafu's unexpectedly hit. It would have been a first for me and quite relaxing knowing it was not my fire. lol

Good luck to all the gTLD guys there. While your cash registers are not really open yet, they will be soon and each of you will make your best case. In sales, credibility means a lot. When you lose it, game over. So I would suggest that you stick to facts and your visions and not go off the rails with some of the nonsense we have heard until this point. It's a real turnoff. You are dealing with professional domain investors. Many of which have made and lost a lot of money over the years.  If you talk to them like un-knowledgeable consumers, you will lose.

Will it be enough? Not your decision. Time will tell. Business will tell. The consumer will tell and he will dictate. He, the consumer, is the final arbiter whether you like it or not.

I will always listen to what you have to say and the valid points you might make but with a grain or two of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism considering the claims we have been hearing and now have to overcome. Same thing you will hear in the field so get used to it. So if you were not prepared for my objections, you can thank me later for sparring with you, toughening you up and to get your games up to speed.

I would like to sponsor the Kool-Aid stand if still available. :-) Just a joke! Lighten up! But there is a bit of truth behind that and that is what makes it so funny.  Hey it's Vegas. If Kool-Aid is your drink of preference, go for it. My advice, "Stay Thirsty my friends" (love that commercial)

If you play roulette, my only advice is always play 0/00 as insurance and hit them hard and hit them fast.

I wish you all the very best!

Rick Schwartz

14 thoughts on “Good Luck and Good Fortune In Las Vegas

  1. Franky

    This is all Richard buddy – I’m just attending. : ) You’ll be missed sir. Please get well soon Gimpy and see you in September or sooner I hope. Maybe ICANN in London or LA this summer and Fall.

    The only Koolaid I’m selling contains purified water, organic cane sugar and organic beet dye #7. Folks can think what they want about new G’s and what I’m doing with them but you taught me in 2001 that a reputation takes a lifetime to build and can be torn down overnight and fwiw, I would never put my reputation at risk promoting a product I didn’t truly believe in. I’m all-in on new G’s because with thousands of them, and with brands coming, there is going to be real expansion and opportunity. I’m a believer at the right number. Buy low, sell high and always hit on 16. ; )

  2. Jeff Schneider

    Hello Rick,

    The Madison Avenue crowd will , love the gTLD model and its absolute need for their never ending ad campaigns. This is something that they can sink their teeth into for a living. Its all good and will push more traffic into the .COM Traffic Vortex.

    The Smart Money always knows how to take the fools money and no matter how much you educate them to prevent this from happening, it always happens. Relax and watch the dog and pony show in a space where you don’t have to pretend to like being manipulated into swallowing the Kool-Aid. Saved by a foot.

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

  3. Jeff Schneider

    Oh well, we will just have to educate the few on where the real riches lie in 2014.

    ” The .COM Business Model is the #1 Chinese Conduit to the .COMs World Class Consumer base. ”

    Outside China in the .COM extension Gross Margins , defined as Gross Profit as a percentage of sales, are about 40% to 50%, much higher than the 15% to 20% for e-commerce companies at home.

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

  4. Neil@eTRAFFIC.ME

    I would recommend you to stay home, take care of yourself, have a Piña colada, or a gin and tonic with
    P.S. Great Crown.ico!

  5. Franky

    .shop is the one you “would” have taken, if they both had come out at the same time at 10 bucks per year. So we’ll see how fast it catches up.

  6. Anunt

    Follow my gambling advice and you will always win: do exact opposite of what most people do…because most people lose…that’s how they built those casinos.
    Scared money don’t make no money…
    Good Luck!!!

  7. Paul Goulart

    I have tried to send you and email to your aol “pigeon shit” express. Never goes threw. This is what is always the problem…

    The host ‘SMPT’ could not be found. Please verify that you have entered the server name correctly. Account: ‘POP3’, Server: ‘SMPT’, Protocol: SMTP, Port: 25, Secure(SSL): No, Socket Error: 11001, Error Number: 0x800CCC0D

    Do you understand what the ‘problem’ is? Neither do I. Is it that you don’t want to get emailed? If so, it’s working. I’m trying to talk to the “Sherpa” that I can relate too. You the man…try Gmail. Even though the gov reads them all, who cares. Your new subscriber would like
    to get your opinion. Aol is a dinosaur.

  8. Jothan

    Rick, there is much respect to you and Howard for TRAFFIC from Richard and I, and we appreciate your well wishes. You will be missed here in Las Vegas this week.


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