Celebrating the Domain Pioneers at the .com Gala
Last night in San Francisco, California, VeriSign celebrated the .com 25 – the people and companies that, over the past 25 years, helped shape the web as we know it. This was part of the 25YearsOf.com celebration. In addition to the .com 25, Verisign also recognized a select group of Domain Pioneers. We’re proud that Tucows, and Elliot Noss, Tucows President and CEO, were on that select list of those recognized as pioneering people and companies in the domain name space.
VeriSign visited our Toronto offices a few weeks back to give Elliot the opportunity to talk about how the Internet has impacted his life, and about where he sees things heading in the future:
The Internet is people
Look back all the way back to 1994, when Tucows.com software library launched in Flint, Michigan, you’ll see that there was a focus within Tucows around the idea that the Internet is made up not of wires and routers, but of people.
Tucows.com used a network of thousands and thousands of mirrors – mostly Internet Service Providers – who provided a local copy of the Tucows software library to their customers as an additional feature on top of an Internet connection. In 1999 Tucows extended this network of relationships by adding domain name registrations to the mix through OpenSRS. We leveraged the existing relationships that we had in the Tucows network to build out a global network of domain sellers who used the OpenSRS backend to power sales and management of domain names to their customers.
These days much is made of Web 2.0 and the social qualities of the Internet. But the truth is that the Internet has always been a synergy of technology and people. Without the physical interconnections, the Internet wouldn’t exist and conversely, without the Internet, many of these social connections wouldn’t be possible.
What was originally a way to connect computer networks to computer networks quickly morphed into a way to interconnect the billions of people on planet earth with each other at the speed of light. Mobile, ubiquitous Internet access leads to a more social Internet which empowers people through the Internet.
This generation of kids who grew up with the Internet have come to expect to be able to access it on demand, wherever they might be. They forge relationships with each other via the web, they communicate via the web and they seem to be constantly connected to each other via the web.
Much thanks goes to VeriSign for putting together the 25YearsOf.com initiative. We’re honoured to be recognized as part of this select group of Pioneers. It’s a testament to vision that both Elliot and Tucows as a whole share–that the Internet is more than a vast physical network but that it is an extension, and an extender of social interactions between people that makes the world wide web so incredible and powerful.
OpenSRS Reveals Proven Revenue Stream For Web 2.0 Companies at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco
Presentation Outlines Namespaces and Revenue Models
TORONTO, May 4 – Tucows Inc. (NYSE AMEX: TCX, TSX:TC), through its wholesale reseller services group OpenSRS, will present a seminar at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 11:10 A.M. (PDT), that will encourage providers of web-based, online publishing and presence services to consider domain names as part of their approach to namespaces.
In a presentation entitled, “My Name is URL-Namespaces & Revenue Models,” Ken Schafer, Executive Vice President of Products, Tucows Inc., will discuss the opportunity companies have to enhance the user experience and generate significant revenue by offering a domain name, or web address, as an option with any service that helps users establish a presence online. Prior to joining Tucows in 2006, Schafer spent 12 years developing new Internet strategies for dozens of companies, including Sony Music Canada.
“Service providers need to think a little bit more about the web addresses they give their end users,” said Schafer. “Right now they tend to think of it as an afterthought or maybe as a marketing tool. One thing that they’re really missing is the fact that those web addresses could be a real revenue opportunity.”
Schafer explains that Web 2.0 companies don’t have to choose between delivering a great user experience and generating revenue. “We all know that for Web 2.0 companies, revenue models can really be elusive at times,” Schafer said. “This is something that people can be really excited about bringing to their businesses. It’s an opportunity for them to quickly integrate a new revenue stream and for their customers to share information more easily and to build online identities.”
This marks the first time that OpenSRS is sponsoring and attending Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco.
Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS manages over 10 million domain names and millions of email boxes through a reseller network of over 10,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. YummyNames owns premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale. Butterscotch.com is an online video network building on the foundation of Tucows.com. More information can be found at http://tucowsinc.com.
About Web 2.0 Expo
Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O’Reilly Media, Inc. and UBM TechWeb, showcases the latest Web 2.0 business models, development paradigms and design strategies for the builders of the next-generation Web. This annual multi-track conference brings together people, ideas, connections, contacts, products, and companies to foster stronger Web 2.0 communities. Web 2.0 Expo events occur in San Francisco and New York and feature influential keynotes and speakers, detailed workshops, a Launch Pad start-up program, an Expo show floor, a Web2Open unconference and rich networking events. For more information, please visit: http://www.web2expo.com.
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Web 2.0 Expo
Seminar: My Name is URL – Namespaces & Revenue Models
For further information: Le Quan Truong, Director of Marketing, OpenSRS, Tel: (416) 575-9382, firstname.lastname@example.org