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Nominate Domain Name Investor of the Year 2018

You have been in the domain name industry for a while and have seen someone make a significant impact to the overall business environment? Someone who has inspired you the most with his thought process, business strategies, domain name buy and sell skills, awareness activities, etc? Do you know someone from the domain name industry who qualifies and deserves to receive an appreciation along with an award?

DomainX 2018 Awards

Submit your nomination for DomainX™ 2018 Awards and give a change to 4 experienced professionals take home a well deserving recognition along with an award on 5th August 2018. Nominate those 4 deserving professionals separately for each one of the following categories listed below:

  1. Domain Name Investor of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Investor of the year award recognizes the awardee for their seasoned success, reputation & skills that make them a savvy & successful domain name investor.
  2. Domain Name Power Portfolio of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Power Portfolio rewards the domain name investor who blends high-quality names with quantitatively large investments into a diversified domain name portfolio.
  3. Domain Name Rising Star of the year 2017-18: Domain Name Rising Star award is for the domain name investor whose approach, attitude & results show immense promise & potential in the early stages of their domain name investing journey.
  4. .IN Domain Name Evangelist of the year 2017-18: .IN Domain Name Evangelist award has been instituted to acknowledge the domain name investor who promotes the adoption of our very own ccTLD and contributes to the community around the .IN ccTLD

DomainX™ 2018 Awards in association with Domain Name Owners Association of India™ have started accepting nominations for their annual India domain name conference scheduled for 4th and 5th August at Hotel Shangri La, New Delhi.

Please visit DomainX™ website to register a FREE PASS at www.domainx.org or submit nominations here: https://goo.gl/forms/Wlb2W1Hwd9setDu53

Apply to be NextGen@ICANN for ICANN63 Meeting in Barcelona, Spain

Important Note; NextGen@ICANN prospects from India should start preparing for the Asia Pacific regional ICANN64 Community Forum in Kobe, Japan scheduled from 9-14 March 2019. How to prepare? Interested prospects should join either one or more relevant ICANN communities as per their interest or background in order to get started.

NextGen@ICANN for ICANN63 Meeting in Barcelona, Spain

On 15th May 2018, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) started inviting applications motivated youth to actively participate at the ICANN63 meeting in Barcelona through the NextGen@ICANN program. Interested participants are invited to submit their application until 22nd June 2018.

The ICANN63 meeting is scheduled from 20th October till 26th October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Interested individuals from European Union can submit their NextGen@ICANN application for the ICANN63 meeting here.

Selected applicants shall be notified through email and published on the ICANN website on 30th July 2018.

It’s very important for the prospective applicant to have interest in the Internet Policymaking process, Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, domain names and other relevant topics covered at ICANN meetings to be considered for the program. The applicant should be from the same region of the respective ICANN meeting, between the ages of 18 and 30 and an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student. (Over the age of 30? Learn about the ICANN Fellowship program.)

What is NextGen@ICANN program?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is encouraging youth around the globe to participate at ICANN meetings to prepare and engage in their regional communities in order to shape the future of global Internet policy. These are the next generation of individuals interested in actively engaging with the global stakeholders.

ICANN communities are working on important policy drafts each day. Interested youth can attend an ICANN public meeting as a NextGen@ICANN participant to start their journey in the Internet policymaking world.

ICANN offers full-time coaching during participation and travel support to students from the regions where the ICANN meeting is taking place.

What is ICANN63 meeting?

ICANN63 is an annual general meeting of ICANN scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain from 20th October till 26th October 2018. The 6-day open community meeting shall focus on outreach, capacity building, and showcase work performed by ICANN and it’s stakeholders to a broader global audience. The meeting will be hosted by Network Information Centre of Spain.

ICANN holds three public meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Meetings are a central principle of ICANN’s multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, interacting among members of the ICANN community, including Board and staff and learning about ICANN. Usually comprised of more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other devices. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

Opening of ICANN57 by Samiran Gupta Head of India at ICANN

Mr. Samiran Gupta leads ICANN initiatives in the country as Head of India for ICANN.

Know more about ICANN public meetings here.

Manmeet Pal Singh Asking Question at ICANN57
Manmeet Pal Singh Asking Question at ICANN57 Hyderabad

Editor of this article, Manmeet Pal Singh has participated in ICANN57 Hyderabad annual general meeting and ICANN59 Johannesburg policy forum as an ICANN fellow. He has also participated in ICANN60 Abu Dhabi annual general meeting and currently selected to participate in ICANN62 Panama City policy forum from 25-28 June 2018.

Please feel free to comment your questions or reach out for any help regarding participation in ICANN communities.

Politely Rejected $200 Offer on PodTaxi.com

Latest Update: We have now rejected $3500 & $9000 confirmed offers from a buyer based out Mumbai, India

Politely Rejected $200 opening offer on PodTaxi.com domain name. We have received multiple offers from across the world, on this one with highest so far at $1000 from Bangalore.

Politely Rejected $200 Offer on PodTaxi.com

DomainInsider.in Learning’sPod (vehicle), a proposed Ultra personal rapid transit system. Pod vehicles have been proposed all around the world by respective governments in order to make for an efficient public transport system. Hence “POD TAXI” keywords combined together fits the bill perfectly and various companies would love to acquire the exact match keyword.

I went ahead to hand register PodTaxi.com domain name in the year 2010 after reading a news article about the concept which means you should stay abreast with the latest news, topics, and trends in the market in order to grab the right domain name for domain name investing.

Tips for New Domainers (Domain Name Investors)

Tips for New Domainers - Domain Name Investors
 
If you are just starting out in the domain name industry, I’ve managed to write down some important points to follow in order to do well. I’ve had multiple requests since my yesterday’s Facebook status post, so here we go:
 
1. Stick to .com extension for quick ROI (return on investment) until you have figured it out.- Other extensions (including New gTLDs) sell as well, however, you may have to spend some time reading, learning and trying to figure that out.
2. Thorough research required before buying or hand registering a domain name – There are hundred’s of opportunities around in the form of future-tech, current trends, expired/dropping keyword domain names etc eyeing your hard earned money, pick and choose wisely. Make sure of looking into each domain name, research well, and think why an end-user company would ever want to use your domain name as part of its brand.
 
3. Keep a close-watch and manage your cash flow – Domain Name Investing (business) is definitely not a stable full-time source of income. A recent poll conducted by Namepros.com showed that 52% of domain name investors made a loss, merely broke even or earned below $1000 in the year 2017. Regular cash-flow is a must in order to sustain the domain name industry.
 
If you are well-researched about your domain names, renewal bill next year won’t be too heavy and you will get cracking with some decent domain name sales. Happy Domaining!

ICANN60, Abu Dhabi Participation Experience

It’s been a while since I last published an article here and it was about ICANN59 Alumni Fellows Program Experience which was a Policy Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26th to 29th June 2017.

ICANN60, Abu Dhabi

I just got back home after participating in ICANN60, Abu Dhabi as a volunteer at the ICANN Information Booth. I attended ICANN60 in my personal capacity, at my own expense in order to try and give back to the ever-so-growing and evolving community.

The experience was overwhelming while full of learnings, knowledge absorbing and sharing at the same time as usual. Met some Internet Governance sector pioneers from around the world, networked and built some life-long connections. Participation was worth it, every penny of it!

The ICANN59 alumni fellows program experience article contains five main segments:

  • Introduction to ICANN
  • ICANN60 Participation & Activities
  • ICANN60 in Numbers
  • ICANN60 Learnings

I have mentioned “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” and “ICANN” quite a few times already and I am sure, half of you would be wondering about the organization and its mission. So without further ado, let me explain in detail about the participation & activities starting with an introduction to the ICANN and its Fellowship program.

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 neighborhood 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.

ICANN60 Participation & Activities

Participation and activities here..

ICANN60 in Numbers

  • There were over 325 public sessions at ICANN60.
  • Steve Crocker received 2017 Leadership Award.
  • It was very 1st ICANN meeting in the Gulf Region.
  • Over 1909 participants attended ICANN60.
  • There were over 5620 tweets on Twitter about ICANN60 using the #ICANN60.
  • 670 photos taken during ICANN60 were posted on Flickr which were viewed about 193,510+ times.
  • There were about 704 newcomers (first-time participants) this time around at ICANN60.
  • Over 1290 unique visitors logged in to ICANN60 mobile app.
  • There were 63 Alumni Fellows, 15 NextGen Members and 5 NextGen Ambassadors who participated at ICANN60.

ICANN60 in Numbers

ICANN60 Learnings

ICANN60, Abu Dhabi was a rock solid annual general meeting organized by the ICANN Meetings team and hosted by Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of United Arab Emirates (UAE).

An incomplete article, being updated!