Chinese Domain Market Newsletter

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September 13, 2016 (Tue)

Some hints coming from India

The internet is global. When something happens at one corner of the world, it may also happen at other parts of the world. For this reason, I read TechCrunch with great enthusiasm everyday, paying particular attention to startups in other countries and their chosen domain names.

This morning I read a news story about four Indian startups in the internet space. Practo, Healthkart, NetMeds, and Portea are making waves and poised to become the big four in the medical industry in India. I have learned that big companies lead and the rest follow, so the way the domain names of these four startups are chosen may become a trend that other companies in India will follow.

Practo's corporate site is (book a doctor or other fitness-related service); Healthkart is (buy supplements online); NetMeds is (online pharmacy); and Portea is (book a medical service). Here, I see three characteristics of these domain names:

  1. .com
  2. English-like words
  3. Matching brand name

When I turned my attention to China, I found something similar happening too. For example, in the same news section today, I found the story of FounTown (方糖小镇 = a small town of sugar cubes) which just received $30m Series A funding. The startup uses and

Also, media startup Du Dong (读懂 = read and understand) recently spent $50k to acquire for upgrade from If you look at these two Chinese startups, they show the same characteristics displayed by the four Indian startups.

This leads me to the speculation of one trend in corporate China: choosing domain names that are .com, consisting of English or English-like words, and matching brand names.