Blacknight to Speak at SHIFT Conference

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(The Hosting News) – Michele Neylon, CEO of Ireland’s leading domain registrar and hosting company, Blacknight ( will speak on the value and etiquette of domains at Croatia’s SHIFT conference.

Billed as “Three days of inspiring networking and awesomeness”, the goal of Shift Conference ( is to create an international perspective by, showcasing the best speakers possible from all around the world. The event, formerly known as Startup Live Split, has re-branded as SHIFT Conference, which will take place in the centre of the 1700-year-old city of Split, Croatia on the May 23rd through May 24, 2013.

Events planned during SHIFT include a start-up challenge, forums and speakers from around the globe, and incredible parties. The conference unofficially kicks off on May 22, 2013 with a mentor’s day for those participating in the start-up challenge. The Shift Startup Challenge is accepting 32 startup teams that will participate in the mentoring sessions, however, only 16 teams will go forward to pitch their idea during the conference and only one will walk away with a $10.000 USD cash prize.

Neylon has been invited to share his knowledge of domains and the domain business with SHIFT attendees.
His talk titled “Every Time You Register A Domain Name with a Hyphen, a Puppy Dies”, focuses on the importance of creative thinking and valuation when branding a business or personal identity online.

“I am very pleased to be presenting at the SHIFT conference”, Neylon states. “I’ve been buying and building out domains for years – far longer than I’ve been a registrar and in that time, I’ve gained loads of knowledge regarding what to do and what not to, as well as what sorts of domains make good investments. If I can use that knowledge help just one person or start-up choose a better domain name, the Internet will be a better place for it.”

The speaker lineup also includes Mike Butcher, the European Editor of Techcrunch and Bryan Calhoun, head of Digital Strategy at The Blueprint Group.

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About Blacknight:

Blacknight ( are an Irish based, ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company. Recipients of several awards for their revolutionary use of social media, Blacknight are one of Europe’s most cutting edge Internet companies. Blacknight constantly seek to lead the way by introducing innovative solutions for its client base and provide dedicated servers and co-location as well as a comprehensive range of Microsoft Windows and Linux based hosting plans and domain name registration services to business globally.

Blacknight to Speak at SHIFT Conference

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