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Alex Tajirian

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 & Johnson.

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 media marketing.

The Honorable W. Allen Pepper, Jr., a United States district judge, has qualified Tajirian as a federal expert witness meeting the Daubert 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