NamesCon India 2017: An Unforgettable Experience


NamesCon brings together the world’s domain industry every year at our flagship event in Las Vegas. This year, we’ve had the opportunity for the first time to bring NamesCon to the other side of the globe with NamesCon India.

NamesCon India 2017 in Mumbai was a joint event with cloud and hosting conference WHD.india, making two jam-packed days of learning, networking and fun everyone involved in the internet industry.

The opening NamesCon India keynote featured Karishma Wadhwani, product manager for Aftermarket at GoDaddy, who shared insights and experiences on how to grow a domain investment portfolio.

The first panel of NamesCon India had domain registries discussing new gTLD strategies. Nivu Hussain (dotClub), Sandeep Ramchandani (Radix) & Anand Vora (Donuts Inc.) debated, while moderated by Braden Pollock.

We then heard from Verisign Vice President Manish Dalal on the domain name market in India, building a strong domain portfolio, and the branding opportunities of .net domains.

Both Sai Pola and Deepak Daftari sat down individually with moderator Braden Pollock for fireside chats, where they told the audience how they succeeded in the domaining business, with a little capital and a lot of hard work. 

ICANN’s Head of India, Samiran Gupta, explained the role ICANN plays in the operation of the internet, how your business is affected by the policies it helps coordinate, and what you can do to have your voice added to the mix to help build an internet that benefits us all.


The finer points of buying and selling domains can be confusing for the entry level domainer. How do you determine how much your domain is worth, or if the name you’ve got your eye on is priced accurately? Our domain appraisal panelists answered these questions and more for audience members.

The panel featured Prakhar Bindal (Namekart), Pankaj Vijayvargiya (Bitlevel International), Samit Madan (MediaWiz), domain investor Aishwin Vikhona, and Dave Evanson (

NamesCon India closed with the grand finale of Sedo’s GreatDomains Auction +The Future Edition, where audience members watched the final bids come in, along with a round of trivia questions and prize giveaways.

Thanks to all of the speakers, sponsors, and attendees that helped make our first regional event such a success. If you didn’t get a chance to be there in person, we hope to see you soon!