I had mentioned it in conversation to a few people over the weekend. One person asked me why I thought that was news and if Rick Schwartz is even relevant anymore.
This person went on that they were only 26 and their heroes in domaining were Ali Zandi, the Booth brothers and anyone else who made it when domains weren’t just sitting there ripe for the picking.
I disagreed and the conversation while respectful got a tad heated, the notion that names were just sitting there is just too simplistic.
I personally see Rick’s vision as his key to success, plenty of people bought and sold names, but Rick held on to his best names, he talked about his 20 year plan often.
There are discussions where people wonder if the old timers still get it? In a thread titled, “Where have all the good guys gone?” Hookbox said the following:
The old guys don’t know how to answer domain questions in 2018 so they don’t participate. Everyone knows what makes a great domain name and that is the only info that an old domainer can provide. These old guys are clueless to what makes a good domain name that can be handregged today. Anyone would know that redfox.com, yellowfish.com, arizonahomes.com etc….has value. The majority of new domainers can’t afford those type of names so they go the handreg route which most don’t have the ability or know how to answer those questions correctly.
A perfect example is the brandable market which I know pretty well. When I see the names these old guys own that they think are good brandables just makes me laugh. Huge difference knowing what you’re talking about now compared to 10 years ago or even 5 years ago. They keep their mouth shut because they are clueless.
On the flipside a commenter at Rick’s Blog wrote:
But I am curious if younger domain investors, or doesn’t just have to be based on age but when you came into the business. Do they see Rick and other older domainers as irrelevant?