5 Ways That Frank Schilling and Konstantinos Zournas Are Similar

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Konstantinos, domain investor and publisher of popular domain name blog OnlineDomain.com dropped a bomb back in May when he announced that he spent $50,000 investing in new gTLDs. While most of the Domain industry is still laser-focused on .COM, I think it takes some serious vision to make a move like Konstantinos, and I think it’s hard to ignore the parallels to Frank Schilling.

Frank is also a big believer in new gTLDs and he was a believer in .COM at a time when most people thought he was literally burning money. I think both Frank and Konstantinos have done something bigger than you might see right now, they have avoided doing what everyone else is doing and have forged their own paths.

Historically speaking, this big of a risk usually ends in failure, until you look at people like Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Larry Ellison and many more than have taken huge risks. So I thought now was time to give Konstantinos some serious credit for standing up for what he believes in and taking a risk, and doing something that I think is very similar to what Frank did.

So I thought now would be as good a time as any to share five ways I think Frank and Konstantinos are similar:

  1. Both Konstantinos and Frank bought domains at a time when most people thought the opportunities were long gone
  2. Frank and Konstantinos both publicly share their opinions and the reason behind the decisions they’ve made
  3. In the early 2000’s Frank had to hear tons of people tell him he wasted his money, today Konstantinos has to hear the same. In both cases nobody knew at the time what would happen five or ten years later, in Frank’s case we just know with certainty that the naysayers were wrong.
  4. Both Frank and Konstantinos aren’t afraid to speak their mind, neither of them is known for telling the people what they want to hear – each speaks their mind and isn’t afraid to do it.
  5. Last but certainly not least, both Frank and Konstantinos have incredibly good taste when it comes on where to call home. Konstantinos lives in Greece, one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, and Frank Schilling lives in the Caymans on one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.

Do you agree? Disagree? I won’t know unless you comment so comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Bert July 6, 2015, 9:50 pm

    6. In their minds, both of them truly believe that the Emperor is wearing beautiful clothes, when, in reality, the King is in the altogether.

    7. Both are about to lose a boatload of money after investing in gtlds which simply aren’t worth the cyber ink with which they are printed.

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  • brand July 6, 2015, 10:13 pm

    I agree, i am one that has not bought one new Gtld at this point, but when i visit Konstantinos site and he shares the new domains he has bought in the new G’s, they look sharp.
    He has a list today.
    He seems to have the cash, and that’s what it will take to maintain those new G’s year after year.
    I like Konstantinos and his out look on this industry and how straight forward he is.
    He works very hard keeping all of us up to date on everything that is going on.

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  • Simon Cousins July 6, 2015, 10:27 pm

    I’m a giant Kon fan. The man is forthright, brave, open-minded, and whip-smart. He’s a champion for all domainers, and for common sense, and I know many registry CEOs and CMOs (most of which are our clients in China) who agree. Kudos to you, Morgan, for recognizing Kon in the same breath as Frank.

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  • John July 7, 2015, 8:50 am

    None of the naysayers back in the aught of this century were domainers. That’s a huge point.

    They were friends and family, I believe.

    The naysayers now are domainers, many who have been doing this as long or longer than Frank.

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  • Konstantinos Zournas July 7, 2015, 12:50 pm

    Hi Morgan,
    nice article! 🙂
    I like the part where you compare me to Bill Gates… lol

    The truth is that I am only competing with 10 or fewer people in buying New gTLDs.

    I am waiting for you to come in Greece. Maybe not this year but certainly next year.
    Hope to see you at NamesCon again.

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  • HowieCrosby July 8, 2015, 7:56 am

    And it takes someone like yourself to bring this comparison to light Morgan; great post!

    This what I admire about Konstantinos, he has a wealth of knowledge and speaks his mind in a pragmatic manner.

    As brand stated above, Konstantino shared his domains and they “looked sharp”. I think this typifies a good one word emd / premium nGTLD.

    Always great to read your insight Morgan, Cheers!

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  • HowieCrosby July 8, 2015, 7:57 am

    And it takes someone like yourself to bring this comparison to light Morgan; great post!

    This what I admire about Konstantinos, he has a wealth of knowledge and speaks his mind in a pragmatic manner.

    As brand stated above, Konstantinos shared his domains and they “looked sharp”. I think this typifies a good one word emd / premium nGTLD.

    Always great to read your insight Morgan, Cheers!

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  • HowieCrosby July 9, 2015, 8:04 am

    And it takes someone like yourself to bring this comparison to light Morgan; great post!

    This what I admire about Konstantinos, he has a wealth of knowledge and is not afraid to step outside convention to speak his mind in a pragmatic manner.

    As brand stated above, Konstantinos shared his domains and they “looked sharp”. I think this typifies a good one word emd / premium nGTLD.

    Always great to read your insight Morgan, Cheers!

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  • Phil July 12, 2015, 7:46 am

    Lol, well known a few more than ten , there are 6 million plus new G’s regged and on our forum http://www.gtld.link there are are over 200 active investors in this space but your right it seems that the same names keep popping up if I miss one I wanted to grab! Keep up the honest.news about your journey folks on both sides enjoy the facts of your gtld investments , sales and losses ! FYI like your clean style of writing.

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