Jothan Frakes

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Affiliation: GNSO
Stakeholder Group(s): Private Sector - Domain Name Industry
Region: North America
Country: USA
Email: jothan [at] gmail.com
Website:

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Blog: http://blog.jothan.com
LinkedIn: LinkedInIcon.png   Jothan Frakes
Google+: jothan
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png   @foap
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ICANN Meetings

Jothan Frakes is a trusted New gTLD industry expert,[1] who understands the registry and registrar industries and secondary marketplace for new Top Level Domains and has held a number of senior leadership positions within the industry.

A strong advocate of new Top Level Domain names and Internationalized Domain Names, Jothan is a volunteer with the Mozilla Foundation, aiding with the Public Suffix List and The Domain Name Association Marketing and Technical Committees. He is co-founder and executive producer of the NamesCon conference. Jothan is active in media and at industry conferences such as DOMAINfest, T.R.A.F.F.I.C., NewDomains.org, dot-nxt, as a respected speaker, panelist, moderator, and event emcee.[2] He has been a highly active ICANN participant since ICANN's inception.

Recent Work

Jothan helped to establish the NamesCon Domain Industry Conference and serves as the content producer and chair of the content committee. Jothan took a very low industry profile from early 2012 through mid 2014 to serve as an external subject matter resource on the project of Initial and Extended Evaluation, consulting with KPMG for ICANN's New TLD program Technical and Financial Evaluation. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Channel Management at Sedari, and previously was a co-founder of the COO of Minds + Machines (from February 2009 to April 2010); he is currently working to help new top level domain applicants understand the process and make the best solutions for their specific needs.

He is formerly the Senior Director of Strategy and Registry Relations at Oversee.net in the Domain Management division, where he worked with SnapNames and Moniker, and with the Corporate Development team at Oversee.net in the area of Domain Portfolio Acquisitions and Industry Relations.[3]

Conference Participation

(not updated since 2008) Jothan also is a public speaker on the domain marketplace, having spoken and moderated in multiple domain name trade shows. In addition to speaking at CENTR in 2006 and 2008, the Domainer Meeting in Paris, Jaipa's BOF at the 2007 Interop in Tokyo, and the 2006 Technical Workshop in Frankfurt for Denic, he recently moderated panels at DOMAINfest, TARGETED TRAFFIC in the US and Australia, and the Domain Roundtable, as well as special workshops on the domain marketplace at the Sao Paulo, Brazil and Marrakech, Morocco ICANN meetings in December and July of 2006; he moderated a tutorial panel on the domain aftermarket at the meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in March of 2007, and participated in an ALAC tutorial on Domain Tasting at the San Juan, Puerto Rico meeting in June of 2007, and spoke at both INTEROP Tokyo and HostingCon 2007 Chicago on the overall domain name marketplace.[4] Jothan was the executive event producer for the 2005 and 2006 Domain Roundtable Conferences, responsible for all content, speakers, keynotes, sponsorship, and topics. He has also been involved in both .nxt conferences held in 2011.[5]

Career History

Previously, Jothan was the Vice President of Business Development at Name Intelligence, operators of Domain Tools. He worked there from from September 2004 to July of 2006, and prior to that he was a senior manager at Verisign's Naming and Directory Services in engineering, and completed a 7 year career there in June of 2004.

Joshua, Jothan's son, attended the March 2011 ICANN Meeting in San Francisco.

He has specialized in Domain Name technical operations and DNS since 1993, with a particular career focus on ccTLD and gTLD operations and the ccTLD industry, NANOG, and the ICANN process.

In the past decade, Jothan has been Technical Operator of 5 ccTLDs, and CTO of a registrar/registry company, and is versed in the provisioning and delivery systems for registration and resolution systems used in TLD operations.

Jothan is a member of ISOC, a consulting member of CoCCA, a frequent contributor to CircleID, this Wiki, and ICANNWatch.[6]

Mr. Frakes invented a number of Verisign's technology patents. He is also a volunteer with the Mozilla foundation.[7]

Video Interviews

Jothan was interviewed by Ray King during ICANN 50 in London:

Frogans Technology Conference 3 - NamesCon 2015 Recap Session


Fun Fact

Throughout the years, Jothan has made a habit of meeting 2-3 new people who are newcomers at ICANN meetings he attends, and helps them acclimate and mentors them. Because he takes the time to do this, he has often been referred to by the nickname "The Mayor of ICANN".[8]

Special Caricatures

Jothan was featured as the King of Spades in the Senegal Playing Card Deck.

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