Michael H. Berkens

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Country: USA
Email: mike [at] rightofthedot.com
Website: TheDomains.com
Facebook: TheDomains Facebook
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@berkens
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Michael H. Berkens is the Co-Founder and President of Worldwide Media, Inc[1] and the Editor-in-Chief of TheDomains.com.[2] He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Right of the Dot,[3] which he founded in January, 2011 with Monte Cahn. He is a domainer and owns approximately 75k domains, as well as a blogger, consultant, and attorney.[4]

Mr. Berkens has 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry. He is well-known owning and operating the retail domain sales site MostWantedDomains.com.[5]

Michael attends Business Constituency and RAR Constituency Meetings, as well as many domainer-related conferences.[6]

In a letter dated December 8th, 2011, Michael Berkens, along with twenty-seven other domain name industry representatives, wrote to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to support ICANN's new gTLD program, in response to the Senate Hearings taking place on the same day. They supported ICANN's argument that the program would be innovative and economically beneficial, and noted that the program took a diverse group of international stakeholders years to develop.[7] The letter can be found here.

He is married to Judi Ann Berkens.

Notable Domain Achievements

In November, 2011 he announced that his company, MostWantedDomains.com, brokered the sale of "meet.me" for $450,000; he believes that this represents an all time sales record for the .me domain space. The domain, among with others like it such as date.me, love.me, and marry.me, were jointly purchased by his company, Worldwide Media Inc., and prominent domainers Rick Schwartz, and Ammar Kubba. They purchased the domain for $5,890 at a silent auction at a prior T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference. He lauded the fact that he had effectively raised the prices of other, premium .me domains, and pointed to continuing opportunity for domainers and developers in the post-.com era.[8]

Awards and Honors

  • Michael was voted the 2009 Domainer of the Year
  • He has been interviewed and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Miami Herald and USA Today.[9]

Education

Mr. Berkens is a graduate of the City University of New York at Brooklyn College (BA), Stetson College of law (JD), and the University Of Florida (LLM).[10]

External Links

References

  1. elliotsblog.com
  2. thedomains.com
  3. theregistry.biz
  4. ICANN 41 Interview
  5. rightofthedot.com
  6. ICANN 41 Interview
  7. New gTLD industry pleads with senators, domainincite.com
  8. MostWantedDomains.com Brokers the sale of Meet Me, TheDomains.com
  9. dot-nxt.com
  10. dot-nxt.com