Alex Tajirian launched the first domain-name secondary
market in 1996. He has since pioneered the development of a number of
domain-name valuation models and has written extensively on
domain-name acquisition and negotiation strategies, advertising and
marketing, cybersquatting and phishing solutions, direct navigation, market
structure, monetization, investment, and protection. His essays have been
published by a number of sites including CircleID
and MIT Technology Review.
After completing his Ph.D. course work in economics at
U.C. Berkeley, Tajirian joined Bank of America as a visiting scholar
responsible for providing quantitative support to the trading floor. During
his seventeen years of academic and practical experience, he has also
taught finance at U. C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Business (Haas
School) and business policy and strategy as part of the university's Worldwide
Programs. His nonacademic experience includes consulting experience with
Morgan Stanley, Treynor-Arbit Associates, Financiometrics, and BARRA on
financial-risk monitoring and valuation.
He has been retained for domain name related engagements
by number of law firms including: Buter,
Buzard, Fishbein & Royce, LLP; Cowan,
DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP; Cowan,
Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.; Gevurtz Menashe P.C.; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier &
Neustadt P.C.; and Pigott &
Retained to value the new Arabic TLD موقع (xn--4gbrim) - Arabic for "site".
He has been invited to be a judge for the Philip C. Jessup International Law
Moot Court Competition. And has also been engaged as an expert witness
for ecommerce-related litigation support, including federal antitrust
cases, a panelist at the Domain Roundtable Conference, a speaker at the Internet
Marketing Conference, and invited to speak at the Internet Show Middle East on social
The Honorable W. Allen Pepper, Jr., a United States
district judge, has qualified Tajirian as a federal expert witness meeting
standard for domain name valuations.
The IRS officially accepts Tajirian’s domain name
appraisals for tax-deductible charitable contributions by granting his
valuations a “No Change Letter.”
Tajirian has appeared on CNet TV and is widely quoted in
the media, including The
Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
He is also a member of the board of Third World
Enterprises Ltd., a leader in the acquisition and online distribution of
reggae-related intellectual property.
A sample of his industry studies and opinions is
available at http://www.domainmart.com/news/studies-opinion.htm.