Industry chat with Michele Neylon

Many of us in the domain or hosting industries are social animals. As online as we are, some of us still crave in-person interaction, and just getting out and about around the world in order to "make things happen."

Two years have passed due to you-know-what. However last month I finally had my very first industry face-to-face, with someone that was not from our own company!


How refreshing it was to talk some "shop" with Michele Neylon, who is the CEO and Founder of Blacknight, a 100% Irish-owned and based in Ireland ICANN accredited registrar and hosting company.

Michele and CTO/co-founder Paul Kelly were gracious and proud to show off their office headquarters and hosting premises that they completely renovated and upgraded just before the pandemic struck.

Afterward, I sat down with Michele for a nice proper face-to-face chat. Something you just can't replicate on Zoom.

Michele is well known in ICANN and internet policy development circles, and quite active on social media. If you've been following him you know he doesn't hold back on his opinions.

We covered a lot, and whether you watch the video or listen to the podcast, you can easily navigate to whatever topic interests you.

Everything from how Blacknight weathered the pandemic, how "return to work" is going, domains, opportunistic vs. abusive registration, comments on the EU study on DNS Abuse, alternative roots/blockchain tech/Web3, new gTLDs, the "second round", what he looks for when a TLD approaches for promos and marketing, NIS2, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and more.

In addition to subscribing and listening wherever you get your podcasts, you can also listen to the interview via the Alexa Home Assistant.

Just say: "Alexa, play iQ Global Podcast, Episode 15."