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Breaking! DomainX 2017 Confirms Ali Zandi’s Participation

With each edition, DomainX, India’s first dedicated conference for domain name investors, has been
upping the ante in connecting the Indian domain name investor community with globally recognized
names in the ecosystem and has been recognized for the same by partners and delegates alike.

Continuing in the same vein, the team at DomainX 2017 sponsored by Uniregistry, is pleased to share a
confirmation of participation from Ali Zandi, prominent domain name broker and investor who has
facilitated millions of dollars of successful transactions in the domain industry, the most recent one
being that was brokered by Ali for 2 Million USD.

Ali Zandi

Ali Zandi is the founder and senior broker at Starfire Holdings, a domain name brokerage and
consulting firm. Prior to Starfire Holdings, Ali was the director of sales and acquisitions at, a private domain name investment fund. At DomainX 2017 Ali will be speaking about
his experiences in an interactive format.

The Domain Name Owners Association of India (DNOAi), India’s only domain name investor forum
opines “Ali Zandi has a wealth of knowledge and sales experience and DNOAI welcomes his
participation in DomainX for the benefit of the Indian domain name investor who will have an enriching
opportunity to network with him and learn from his insights, experience, and mindset.”

Ali joins our esteemed panel of speakers that includes Samiran Gupta – Head of India at ICANN, Kevin
Murphy from, Troy Rushton of, Jon Yau of, Justin Hutauruk (Registrar Sales Director) of, Tommy Butler of, and acclaimed Domain Attorneys Zak Muscovitch, Rodney Ryder, Gurpreet Monga & Ankur Raheja.

DomainX 2017 sponsored by Uniregistry will take place on August 5th & 6th in New Delhi, India. For
more information on attending & sponsorship inquiries, please visit

Indian Domain Name Industry Participation in ICANN’s Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel

Vinay Murarka (मेरा.भारत) and Jay Paudyal (, well-known names in the Indian domain name industry have been selected to participate in Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel approved and seated by ICANN on 26th May 2015.


For all of you who are not aware of Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel, it is ICANN’s panel for IDN Program in India and countries around.

Both gentlemen have been invited to participate in the closed-door meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal this week.

While Vinay Murarka will skip this meeting due to prior commitments, Jay Paudyal is already in Kathmandu gearing up for the ICANN meeting and to speak about Indic Content Searchability & IDN Domains.

We at hope for increased participation from the Indian domain name industry which shall definitely help overall growth of the community in the right direction.

Become a Fellow at ICANN 60

Application submission for ICANN60 Fellowship is now open for people interested in learning about ICANN and engage in Internet policy matters.

ICANN Fellows Program

ICANN60 public meeting is scheduled for 28th October – 03rd November 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The last date to apply for ICANN60 Fellowship is 10th May 2017 while selected candidates will be declared on 21st July 2017 on the official website

I have been a successful participant in the fellowship program at ICANN57, Hyderabad and an alumni fellow for ICANN59, Johannesburg scheduled in June of 2017.

ICANN57, Hyderabad Learnings & Why Attend?

Reliving the memories of ICANN57, Hyderabad, I am going to point out why ICANN public meetings are a must attend for anyone interested in the secure and stable functioning of the Internet.

First and foremost, ICANN staff truly knows what they are doing when they draft and schedule public meeting days accordingly, and make it a worthwhile experience for participants. You have the option and opportunity to attend and participate in sessions relevant to your interest which are further helpful in your professional growth. I am actively involved in Domain Names industry from last 16+ years and was delighted to attend meetings of GNSO (Generic Name Supporting Organization) whose work is focused on policy building around Top Level Domains (TLDs). To top it all, I am already engaged with the GNSO by subscribing to their mailing list.

While I am also part of the NomCom 2 Working Party, I kept myself engaged with the various other ICANN supporting organisations to do my best. I could not participate in ICANN’s 58th public meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11-16 March 2017 due to my health, however looking forward to my alumni fellowship experience at ICANN59, Johannesburg public meeting.

Introduction to ICANN

For those who are not aware of ICANN and what it does, here is a short excerpt from Wikipedia:

ICANN LogoThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces (domain names) of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.

ICANN was founded on September 18, 1998 by Jon Postel; about 18 years ago and incorporated on September 30, 1998 in the U.S. state of California under Esther Dyson as founding chairwoman. ICANN operates and lives by the slogan, “One World. One Internet.” The current key positions are held by Göran Marby (CEO and President, ICANN) and Steve Crocker (Chairman of the ICANN Board). It is headquartered in the Playa Vista neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

ICANN Community Multistakeholder Model

ICANN’s primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

Introduction to ICANN Fellows Program

The ICANN Fellows program is how ICANN’s Development and Public Responsibility Department supports and encourages new people from the community to participate and engage in the work of the corporation.

This program intends to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable participants in order to continue building upon its mission to build capacity within the ICANN Multistakeholder Model. High priority under this program is given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent a diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, and expertise, and/or have established financial need. Participation in the program at an ICANN Meeting is a “fast track” experience of engagement into that community model, with presentations designed to facilitate understanding of the many pieces and parts of ICANN while providing opportunities to network and promoting interaction with ICANN Community and Staff.

Each candidate selected into the program through the online application and assessment process is provided with a grant of support that covers the cost of economy class airfare, hotel and a stipend. Fellowship recipients are expected to engage prior to, during and after the ICANN meeting with the ICANN Fellowship office, Program Alumni, Newcomer Coaches and their selected peers, as well as begin to actively contribute to ICANN processes upon completion of the Program.

Read in detail about ICANN Fellows Program here.

Questions? Feel free to ask in comments below and I will be more than happy to guide you through.

Google Smashes Googlee Out of the Ground

The INDRP decision of Friday, May 6, 2011 was upheld by the Delhi High Court recently where NIXI arbitrator had directed the registrant to transfer domain name over to Google. Inc. on the grounds of an identical and confusingly similar to domain name and its registered trademark.

Google Smashes Googlee Out of the Ground

The petition was filed by Gulshan Khatri against the INDRP decision of NIXI arbitrator in the Delhi High Court.

It’s important to mention that Justice S. Muralidhar found the homepage established on disputed domain name as a poor attempt to imitate world’s most popular search engine.

Gulshan Khatri had registered the disputed domain name, ‘’ in the year 2007. Google, Inc. found out about the misuse of its popular trademark and imitation of website in the year 2010, and sent out few cease and desist notices. After repeated failed attempts to, Google, Inc. filed a complaint as .IN Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (INDRP) with National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to seek remedial measures.

For your knowledge: The National Internet Exchange of India is a government non-profit company established in 2003 to provide neutral Internet Exchange Point services in India.

Nikilesh Ramachandran, NIXI arbitrator decided the complaint in favor of Google, Inc. after careful examination while considering the facts and circumstances of the complaint. Arbitrator noted that domain name was confusingly similar to complainant’s mark and it had proprietary right over the same. Hence, the disputed domain name was ordered to be transferred to Google, Inc.

Gulshan Khatri decided to petition and challenge the arbitration decision before the Delhi high court while claiming Googlee not to be similar to Google. However honorable court dismissed the claim and upheld the arbitration decision of year 2011.

Our advice: Stay clear of popular copyright or trademark keywords while registering domain names.

How to Make Money from Domain Names?

You want to learn HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM DOMAIN NAMES? I am going to be straight to the point here without marketing BS!
How to Make Money from Domain Names?
First up, STOP following people around you, of course includes me and anyone else for that matter. Everyone in the domain name industry has something going for them, but that doesn’t mean the same thing would work for you as well.
If you want things going right for you, please sit down to read about the domain names, the industry trends, enduser behavior, why they bought a particular domain name, at what price, why that price and everything else that follows. Every profession requires ample time and research before one starts profiting from it.
You need to find your way, your niche, your industry, and work accordingly to make those domain name sales happen over-night. We (domain name investors) been doing this for years, 17th year for me to be precise, and collected these virtual properties over the years working sleepless nights, without partying it up, without spending time with family and friends, giving up on our weekends to find those gem of available domain names which we are selling these days, one after the other.
I am not saying, and never said that you cannot make this happen today, yes you can, but you definitely need to infuse in a lot of time to do things right, read and research right to be able to hit the jackpot.
Go over this thread at NamePros, the domain name forum beautifully managed by Eric Lyon from where most of us have learned our domain name game.
This thread is about a hand registered domain name sold by a new domain name investor who started out in January 2017 and made his very first domain name sale within a week by outbound marketing. He has shared the complete process on how to do outbound email marketing and nothing could go wrong there unless the buyer enduser isn’t interested at all, or your domain name is literally NOT WORTH it.

Please do not forget to share your thoughts about this inspiration on how to make money from domain names.