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July 23, 2015

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With India's 2nd Annual DomainX Conference 2 Weeks Away Registrations Have Already Doubled Last Year's Total  

After drawing approximately 350 attendees to their successful inaugural show last summer in Hyderabad, organizers of India's DomainX conference are experiencing explosive growth as they prepare for their 2nd  annual show coming up August 7-8, 2015 at the Taj West End Hotel in high tech hotbed Bangalore, India. I  got an update on how things are progressing from DomainX Founder Manmeet Pal Singh who told me over 700 registrants have already signed up for the show and with two weeks to go attendance could approach the 1,000 mark.

That's impressive growth by anyone's standards but it's not a huge surprise to me. India's domain community has been growing by leaps and bounds and the country is producing successful entrepreneurs at an unmatched rate. Just last week I read that the number of millionaires in India grew by 27% in the past year, the fastest rate in the world. Last spring CNN Money reported that India has the world's fastest growing major economy. Indian companies and individual investors have been key players in our industry for years now and their numbers and influence are only going to increase, so DomainX has come on the scene in the right place at the right time.

Manmeet Pal Singh
DomainX Founder & CEO 

DomainX has assembled an impressive list of speakers and sponsors and having the support of the latter group has allowed them to keep the cost to attend extraordinarily low. You've heard the old saying "there is no such thing as a free lunch?" - well, At DomainX there is! Free tickets too (August 8 only) for those who register in advance online. Those who show up at the door will still pay only $49 and to attend both days (including the special August 7 networking day) - the cost is just $99 and that includes lunch both days. You can see the schedule of activities here

Despite the low (or no) cost, attendees will get to see and hear some of the world's top domain experts on stage, including speakers coming in from the U.S., Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and other countries to join some of India's most successful domain entrepreneurs. I'll be going over to participate in a panel discussion August 8 with Deepak Daftari (eSiksha.com) and Domainer.com.au's Ned O'Meara. Visa issues limited my participation in last year's conference to Skype, so I am very much looking forward to being there in person to meet everyone this year.

Also coming over from the States to speak will be Escrow.com President Brandon Abbey (whose company is a Platinum sponsor, as is INForum). Our continent will also be represented by  accomplished Canadian domain attorney Zak Muscovitch from DNAttorney.com who will be part of a legal panel discussion

Pioneering Indian domain investor Deepak Daftari 
speaking at the 1st DomainX conference in 2014. 
Deepak will return for DomainX 2015 in Bangalore.

August 8 that will also include Rodney D. Ryder (Partner at Scriboard.com) and  Na Vijayshankar (CEO at CyberLawCollege.com).

Part of the crowd at the 2014 DomainX conference. Attendance is expected to more than 
for this year's show August 7-8 at the Taj West End Hotel in Bangalore, India.  

A new addition to DomainX this year will be an Awards presentation. Nominations are now being accepted in two categories - DomainX Rising Star (to recognize an up and coming Indian domain investor) and Domain Name Magazine.

(Posted July 23, 2015) 

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