I get it. I get the fact that Rick and company has put A LOT of time, effort, and money into bringing us a great domain conference. I completely understand how frustrating it is to have people “ride the bus” without paying for gas. Which is essentially what people will be doing if they go to Vegas with no intent of going to TRAFFIC. They are capitalizing on others work in order to benefit themselves. Anyone that comes to Vegas with no intent other than to hang out or do business with other domain investors are leeches. BUT in my opinion, this is not Richard Lau and Water School.
Richard Lau is one of the biggest and best domain investors we have in our industry. He is no leech. He gives, helps, and shares as much or more than anyone in our industry. Should he have communicated better with Rick about hosting his party and being one of the after parties? Probably. I don’t know this for sure, but there obviously seems to be some lack of communication between them about working together. But then again after reading Rick’s posts and comments it would seem that this may be pretty difficult. There may even be problems in the past, I’m not sure. But it is very obvious that this could have turned out MUCH better than it did. Now all we have is a bunch of name calling and accusations. Both of which I hate to see because I like and respect the men on both sides of the debate. I also paid for a ticket to have a good time and socialize and now feel uncomfortable with the whole conference. Rather than concentrate on putting on a good show for attendees I feel the focus has been put on the non paying and non affiliated parties.
As I stated in another post, Rick was nice enough to let my Mom into a few dinners…for FREE. A very kind gesture. And I know he would have no problem with her going to the Water School Party (which she will be attending) because she is not the people he is upset with. But this is Vegas. There will be a lot of people that just want to come to Vegas that have no interest in attending TRAFFIC. In all honesty there is only two panels the entire conference that I have any interest in attending. I will attend more only because I’m already there. It’s mostly talks from people we hear from, read about every single day. They may say something new and great but we already know all the faces. There may be a need for a “social pass” because I also get why many domain investors have no interest in attending the daytime events.
Last year’s Water Party was the best networking party of DomainFest. It really could have, should be, part of the festivities at TRAFFIC. Rick could have an evening of awesome entertainment for free. In Richard’s defense the schedule does say
“Our Open Party Night is when we encourage you to have your special gatherings, dinners and parties tonight because you won’t want to miss a minute of the parties and events to come!”
The way I read it this was the night to do exactly what was being done.
I want to reiterate, I get the problem. I just don’t see Richard Lau’s party being one of them. The biggest problem I see is me not being on the Blogger panel.