EPISODE 15: Pinky Brand, SVP at iQ, speaks with Michele Neylon, CEO & Founder of Blacknight, a 100% Irish-owned and based in Ireland ICANN accredited registrar and hosting company.
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00:16 - Introduction and opening remarks from Michele
02:52 - How Blacknight weathered the pandemic (the effect on business continuity, operations, security)
10:36 - How is the "return to work" situation working out for your company?
18:40 - How does Blacknight communicate trust and how do you keep building on that?
21:27 - The mass switch from offline to online.
26:35 - Domain registration trends during and after the pandemic
27:50 - Opportunistic vs. abusive COVID-related domain registrations. Which to shut down?
32:46 - Comments on the European Union Study on Domain Name System (DNS) abuse
36:00 - Leveraging social media
37:38 - Alternative roots/TLDs (Handshake, blockchain tech, Web3) An existential threat?
46:28 - An accident waiting to happen?
51:40 - new gTLDs , "forever domains" rants
53:53 - What's up with the second round of new gTLDs?
55:50 - What do you look for in a registry operator approaching you for promos and marketing?
This interview was recorded live in person on 3 February 2022 at Blacknight's offices in Carlow, Ireland.