By: Raymond Hackney
I have known Richard Kligman for years as an early investor and forum poster on the Namepros .tv subforum. Richard has been one of the most successful .tv investors out there selling well into six figures.
Richard is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded, sold and invested in many start up companies. His latest venture is a website called SportsFan.me.
SportsFan.me is your Sports Profile on the net. What LinkedIn does for your business/work profile, SportsFan.me does for your Sports profile. Facebook is too general and many of the sports comments your friends are making your just missing because there is only so much you can see on FaceBook. With SportsFan.me you never miss a sports conversation and you can easily customize your personal page to see just the news stories you want from the teams you follow.
What made you go with a .Me instead of the .com ?
Because the .com was taken "wink" But Seriously the original idea came to me when I saw that about.me exited before they even officially launched and I looked at their model and wondered what if I could apply it to another industry and sports became that industry.
Many are concerned with "traffic leakage" using another extension, especially when the .com is developed like with Sportsfan.com, Were you concerned about this?
I can’t say I was concerned since the .ME is a big part of our branding. If you look at our icon you will see that it is the .ME shaped in the figure of a #1 Foam Sports Hand. Plus we were able to successfully trademark SportsFan.me.
Have you had any negative reaction from users or investors on using a .me ?
Not really, they totally understood right away that the .me made it personal and that is really what we are all about. Giving you that personal online sports experience.
What do you see as the branding appeal of a .me?
.ME means it is a site about “Me”. I think that’s what people would expect when coming to a .me website. It’s about something that is personal or customized to you.
Thank you for your time Richard.
Thank you Ray! Always a pleasure!