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The first-ever .nxt conference recently concluded in San Francisco. The conference featured two days of productive, educational, and passionate discussion about the business of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).
Almost exactly nine years ago, the .INFO domain first started accepting registrations. This was an historic event as it was the first time a new generic top level domain (TLD) was launched to an existing domain marketplace and, in fact, was the first new TLD to be added since .com. We’ve seen (and provided technology to power) many other TLD launches since then, with many business models.
Due to the many groups that did not attend this month's ICANN meeting in Nairobi for various reasons, I don't think anyone expected the meeting to result in major decisions on new TLD issues we've been debating for over a year. However, that is exactly what happened.