Leading domain industry conference NamesCon is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from January 28th through to January 31st. If you are attending, then you may be interested in the "Name Behind the Pro" meetup, hosted by GoDaddy. On Monday, January 29th from 3:30-5pm PST in the Nine Fine Irishmen bar, you'll get the opportunity to meet up with fellow NamePros members. More details are available in this discussion. Here are this week's Top Topics. Domainer’s React to Mike Mann’s Latest Sale At the beginning of this week, domain investor @Mike Mann revealed the news that he sold the domain CryptoWorld.com for $195,000. It turns out that Mike increased the “buy now” price of the domain several times before ultimately selling the name, which he acquired in 2011 for just $15. With cryptocurrency being such a hot topic at the moment, the sale has sparked a lengthy conversation about the value of this domain name and crypto names in general. Topic by: @Michael M Why Do Investors Dislike New Extensions? New domain extensions (new gTLD’s) have been in existence for several years. According to ntldstats.com, .LOAN, .XYZ, .TOP and .CLUB are the only four new extensions that have more than one million registered domains. However, a fairly large portion of investors do not buy new gTLD’s and some actively discourage others from buying them, too. In this discussion, a domainer has asked exactly why investors dislike new gTLD’s. What do you think? Topic by: @Premiums Poll: Do you Follow Up With Your Leads? It seems that many investors practice outbound domain sales in order to produce deals that may not have been possible otherwise or to keep a cash flow for future investments. Often, outbound sales can immediately produce sales, whereas on some occasions a follow-up message may be required. This poll and subsequent discussion asks investors for their opinion on following up with outbound targets. Topic by: @Amzymayor Do Startups Prefer .IO to .COM? The .IO domain extension is the country code domain for the British Indian Ocean Territory, but in recent years it has become a popular destination to host the websites of many startups. In the past couple of years, startups such as FirstBlood and Gate have paid five-figure sums to acquire FB.io and Gate.io respectively. Do startups really prefer .IO to .COM? It seems a lot of new companies may start out on a .IO domain before eventually upgrading to a .COM, possibly with the help of venture capital funding. Our ongoing Domain Data series has documented the popularity of .COM domains amongst startups, but has also regularly shown that .IO is a popular alternative. Topic by: @CollinsKele I Sold a Four-Letter .COM for $22,500 This domain investor has had an excellent start to the year after revealing the sale of a four-letter .COM domain for $22,500. The name, listed in the discussion, was sold at Afternic on January 16th with the funds being dispersed within just two days. According to NameBio, this sale will be the second largest four-letter .COM deal of 2018 so far. The leading sale is HUBX.com for $25,000. Topic by: @Recons.Com Top Topics of the Week is a blog series featuring the most popular discussions and content within the domain community. Tune in weekly to see what’s trending!