Member Profile: Dennis Tinerino

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Dennis is a domain investor who enjoys emerging trends and the latest in tech. He is passionate about learning and sharing his knowledge and insights with the domain community.

Name: Dennis Tinerino
Company: Domain Smoke
Favorite Domain: It’s always the last one I sold
Favorite Industry Conference: NamesCon
Favorite Industry Blog(s): With so many great blogs out that I’ve learned from, it’s hard not to name them all, but I must say, DNJournal is one I really enjoy and check frequently.

What is your current role, and what are you (or your company) currently working on? 
I’m the founder of Domain Smoke and produce a daily newsletter that helps domain investors uncover the best domains going to auction, as well as stay updated on the latest news and developments in the industry. We’re currently working on organizing NamesCon Global 2024 in Austin, Texas.

Tell us a little bit about your background and your personal story.
In Los Angeles, CA, my hometown, I live here with my wife and best friend, Tanaz, and amazing puppy, Bruno. My background reflects a mix of Italian, Filipino and Hungarian. I’ve been in sales, marketing and management my whole life. Throughout my journey, I’ve contributed to several Non-profit Organizations, as well as being a part of the exciting world of music and the entertainment industry. My father, Dennis Tinerino, is a hall of fame bodybuilder and 4 time Mr Universe, Mr America, Mr Natural America and Mr World.

How did you get involved in the domain industry?
The first exposure to the domain community sparked my involvement in the industry. It all began when I discovered an online community of fellow investors on X (Twitter) and other networks. From there, I started connecting with the community through groups, social networks, and chats, which helped me gain a better understanding of the industry. As I expanded my personal network of colleagues and friends within the domain industry, I felt compelled to become more involved and eventually launched Domain Smoke.

Read into my journey and how I ventured into the domain industry:

What have been some key milestones in your career in the domain industry?
Some key milestones in my career in the domain industry have been my first sale (it made me a believer), becoming a part of the domain investor community, launching Domain Smoke, and becoming involved in NamesCon.

Why did you choose to support the ICA?
My choice to support the ICA came when I learned how much time and energy they put into protecting the rights of Domain Owners and Domain Investors. These efforts take a strong team, and I’m glad to support the mission of the ICA that has the vision for a bright future in the domain industry.

Can you share a prediction about the future of the domain industry?
I would predict that in the future we will see an emergence of payment/transaction options, more data reporting/tracking tools, a strong focus on security and a growth in marketplace alternatives.

What do you like most about the domain industry? 
What I like most about the domain industry is the freedom it offers you. You have the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world and can come from any background, profession or industry.

If you could change one thing about the domain industry, what would it be?
If there was one thing I could change about the domain industry, it would be to put in place a uniform set of policies that registries and registrars would adhere to globally. It’s painful to deal with services that have different policies than another company that cause friction when making updates, transfers or purchases.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges the domain industry is faced with? 
In the domain industry, the biggest challenges arise from a lack of public knowledge about domain names, signifying the importance of education. This lack of general knowledge results in our industry being underserved and experiencing obstacles to its growth as a whole.

What do you wish other people knew about the ICA? 
What I wish others knew about the ICA is its core role in safeguarding the future and interests of every domain owner. And that the association is dedicated to protecting the rights and preserving the integrity of the domain industry.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about joining the ICA?
If you’re considering joining the ICA, here’s what I would say: We can’t tackle all the challenges of our industry alone. By supporting a mission that unites like-minded individuals with shared interests, you’re helping to safeguard what you cherish most. Take the time to understand the ICA and play your part in protecting the rights and interests of domain name owners and related service providers.

In addition to this question, and the ones above, check out this article I wrote on my journey and reasons for joining the ICA:

What unexpected doors opened for you because of your involvement in the domain industry?
Over the years I’ve been blessed to connect with many fellow investors, industry professionals and entrepreneurs because of my involvement in the industry. These connections have led to new business ventures, personal friendships, becoming involved in NamesCon, and growing my network.

What’s the best advice ever received (domain related or otherwise)?
The best domain-related advice I’ve ever received was ‘diversify your portfolio’. When it comes to the best advice I’ve received otherwise, that would be not to take everything personally.

What are your main interests outside the domain industry?
My main interests outside the domain industry, that I enjoy, are fitness, cooking, concerts, traveling and taking my Sheepadoodle Bruno out on adventures.

Favorite place to get away?
My favorite place to get away is Palm Springs. I’ve always enjoyed the desert area as it’s peaceful and close enough to Los Angeles to make it convenient.

Anything else you’d like to share? 
The Domain Industry stands as one of the most dynamic businesses in the world. Filled with endless possibilities and opportunities, it rewards those who invest time and effort to seize them. Once you discover what you love or enjoy most in this industry, have fun with it, make friends in the space and keep educating yourself. As a community, we can look forward to a bright future ahead, filled with innovation and growth.

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