I have been really enjoying learning more about Handshake domains, the community has been amazing and I find myself on news.namebase.io just about daily at this point. One thing I’m really appreciating about the community is that so far it seems to be relatively troll free. I’m not sure if this is due to good moderation or just a different group but it really feels like a community where anyone can share their thoughts or opinions freely which is awesome.
On that note, I have some thoughts and opinions to share that I’m thinking people might not like too much but hey, it’s just my opinion, and I’m just one guy who knows very little about Handshake so take it for what it’s worth!
As you might remember, back in March I wrote an article about how I plan to spend my first $20,000 in Handshake domains. Well, after doing a deeper dive, my thinking has changed, and I’ll tell you how, and why. Oh and if you’re too lazy to read the post, no worries, the spoiler is, I planned on putting $10k into Handshake domains and $10k into HNS tokens.
Since then I’ve had the chance to get a better feel for what handshake names are available, for sale at auction, and listed by private sellers. I’ve had plenty of people send me lists and even organize list of names by category for me. The challenge is, 99% of what I’ve seen doesn’t make sense to me as a domain extension, maybe as a domain name itself, but not as a domain extension, and that’s what Handshake domains are intended to be.
The reality is, people who got involved in the Handshake domain world much earlier than me, and probably you, scooped up the good stuff. All the good stuff? Of course not, there’s still some good names floating around but most of what’s listed for sale is listed at ridiculous prices. To me, it feels more like buying lottery tickets at this point, with a super long time horizon on seeing any meaningful return.
But…I’m still very bullish about Handshake domains, I just have a new investment thesis. First, I think there are a few companies that are really making moves in the Handshake space, two weeks ago I made an investment in one of them. I’ll have to ask the CEO if I can share publicly and if I can I will if not, well I guess I won’t. Investing in companies that are doing interesting things in the Handshake space feels like a good investment to me, if you believe in what Handshake will become.
The second thing I’ve become a lot more bullish on is the HNS token itself. Heck, over the last month it has doubled in value. If you put $10,000 into Handshake domains a month ago, my guess is, you’ll be waiting a long time to double your money on those names, if you bought the token you could sell today and take the $20k.
So while I’m still a big believer in Handshake I think I’ll be focusing my investment dollars on companies in the space and the token itself. I think that’s probably where the most opportunity will be.
Do I think people will make money selling Handshake domains? Absolutely! There are people with pretty stellar portfolios that will make great money, and I also think people will get lucky, and like lottery tickets, even people who buy late in the game can make some good flips. That being said, I think if Handshake domains really take off, the token will too and having that combo of growth and liquidity will beat trying to sell off individual names IMO.
Well that’s my two cents, what do you think?