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138 newly funded startups and their domain names: Homage.com, EventGeek.com, Vote.org

Thanks to seed accelerator Y Combinator‘s summer batch we have another big list of newly funded startups for you. Y Combinator is known for creating a new model for funding early stage startups. Twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups. Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, Twitch.tv and Weebly are just a few of the many Y Combinator alumni. A lot of the new startups that received funding from Y Combinator this summer have ambitious company names such as Scale, Fabric, Miso, and Joy but as expected none of them own the matching .com domain name (yet).  A total of $1,264,991,670 in funding was raised by 138 different companies with the absolute top fundraiser being aspiring Chinese car maker WM Motor who raised a whopping 1 Billion in venture funding. The company doesn’t own the matching domain name either but uses the hyphenated wm-motor.com. More than 73% of startups on this week’s list is using a .com with the ccTLD coming in second with 13%. We have four new gTLDs on the list.

Some domains that stood out to me where from vintage-inspired apparel retailer Homage who use the premium Homage.com domain, Y Combinator funded EventGeek, a startup that helps to better manage the logistic side of events and uses the exact match domain EventGeek.com and last but not least we have another Y Combinator funded startup with Vote.org, a company that has built digital technology that removes barriers to voting and increases voter turnout.

I also like Membrain.com and BabyPage.com (more…)

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The Brandable Insider: Flipping Out Over Flippa Auctions

About 90% of the auctions I get involved in at Flippa never close. This week it was BioMedical.com. I was one of the high bidders but I lost enthusiasm and dropped out of the race when I realized that the price was nowhere near the reserve and I was wasting my time.This has happened before and I’m expecting the usual email on Monday announcing a post auction BIN at triple the highest bid, next day a plea for me to make an offer and then finally a notification that the domain has been relisted and would I please bid at the auction again. Uh sorry, but no thanks.
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Brandable domain name sales week 35: Hoca.com, SportCaster.com, UltraGames.com

It was a bit of a mellow week for brandable domain name sales as we only saw one domain sell for five figures. That name was Hoca.com and it sold for exactly $10,000 on Sedo.  Runner up is ShopLite.com which also sold on Sedo for $8,000. There’s a developed site on the domain already for what seems like a Philippines-based webshop offering gadgets and holidays with flexible payments. Sedo completes the top 3 with TalentStars.com, a domain that went for $7,000. The Whois info for that domain still shows Sedo’s transfer service. I own StarTalent.com so it’s interesting to see this one sold.

Names that I like on this week’s list include Hoca.com, SportCaster.com and UltraGames.com (more…)

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DOMAINfest Asia and 9 other reasons why you should come to Hong Kong in September

I’m very excited to share that I will be speaking at the DOMAINfest Asia conference right here in Hong Kong on September 19 – 22.  This year so far I have traveled to Las Vegas for NamesCon and India for DomainX and I couldn’t be happier to see such a great conference organized by the teams behind NamesCon and Allegravita being held right here in my hometown and in the very same building our APAC office for Efty is located: Cyberport!

Hong Kong is one of the most amazing cities in the world but for anyone still on the fence about booking their tickets I hereby present you 10 reasons to free up your schedule and come join me in Hong Kong for what promises to be one of the best domain name conferences of the year. (more…)

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148 newly funded startups and their domain names: Adventos.com, Simbi.com, SmartFile.com

I was in Xi’an (a very large city and capital of Shaanxi Province in central China) most of the last week for a friend’s wedding and didn’t have much time for work so we have two weeks of data for you in this post. We have a large list of 148 startup companies that raised a combined $677,896,230 in funding. 69% of these startups is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD coming in second with a 13% share. We have three new gTLDs on the list: one .bank, one .education and one .tech

We don’t have any ultra premium domain names on the list this week but a few that I like are from Colorado-based Adventos, a software company that helps to connect public safety agencies such as the police force, internally and to the citizens they serve.  Their name reminds me of a mix of the words Advantage and Adventure. Next up there’s Simbi. The California-based startup provides a way for freelancers and independent workers to turn their unbooked hours into real economic value. They acquired the matching Simbi.com domain name for $18,000 in 2014 via DomainNameSales. Last up we have SmartFile, an Indianapolis-based startup that operates a secure file management platform built for scale on-premises, in the cloud, or anywhere in-between. I love these type of two-keyword names and I’m seeing an increasing interest from startups in these type of brand names.

Here’s this weeks list: (more…)

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The Brandable Insider: A Voice from the Mouth of a Dragon

As you may have heard I had a bit of an accident last week. I took an Olympic 8.5 “swan dive” over the handlebars of my bike. I looked really good in the air but the landing went all wrong. I’m the Eddie The Eagle of biking. Long on desire but short on skill and common sense.

Since my hands and wrists are not working too well right now, this week’s blog is being created by virtue of the Dragon Naturally Speaking, voice recognition software, which was a gift from a generous friend and fellow domainer.

I’m going to keep the blogs short while I’m on the mend. So here’s a few notes on some brandable sales that were reported by NameBio this past week…..
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Brandable domain name sales week 34: eStocks.com, RealHosting.com, Productly.com

Brandable domains continue to do very well . We have four of them in the five figure range this week with eStocks.com taking the top spot with a $13,100 sales price on NameJet. I am not a huge fan of iName and eName type of domains as they remind me a bit of the early days of the web when people were still revering to the internet as cyberspace. Nonetheless, they continue to sell for pretty decent prices in the reseller market as you can see from another sale on this list, eComics.com which went for $5,050 on GoDaddy auctions.

Some names I like on this week’s list include RealHosting.com, Zoba.com, and Productly.com which is a name I sold for $5,000 in a private transaction. I will share a bit more about that sale in my monthly sales and acquisition recap.

Here’s this weeks list: (more…)

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The Brandable Insider: 10 hot healthcare startups with great brandable names

“had accident. fell of bike. broke both arms. sorry no blog this week.” That was the message that popped up on Skype when I opened my laptop on Sunday morning. It was from Keith deBoer who is the guy behind the popular Brandable Insider posts here on DNgeek.com. Every Monday I look forward to reading his thoughts and advice on brandable domains while he touches on a broad range of subjects. Keith and I share pretty similar views on what makes a good brandable domain but have quite a different investment strategy which is what makes his posts such a great addition to the blog. He’s also one of the people in our niche who’s always willing to answer questions and give advice. Keith, I wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back soon!

Since health tech is blazing hot right now and Keith has a strong focus on acquiring names for this space I thought It would be fitting to look at ten, high-flying startups in the healthcare industry that have a great brandable name with a matching .com domain. The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing and many new technologies are expected to have far-reaching implications in terms of diagnostics, treatments and delivery of care in the future. (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 33: Paby.com, eColor.com, HeroPay.com

One of the most discussed names from last week’s list was SuperMind.com which sold for $12,500 via an Efty For-Sale landing page. Joseph Peterson commented “Sounds like using Efty.com landing pages saved that customer roughly $2,000, based on the 15% commission they would have paid elsewhere. At 30%, BrandBucket would have eaten even more: $4,000. And that’s assuming they would even have allowed an asking price that high” and later the seller of the domain commented, “BrandBucket valued SuperMind.com at USD 4795, which (fortunately) I deemed too low at the time”.

There’s been a lot of discussions lately about the high influx of low-quality names on the BrandBucket marketplace but it also seems they sometimes undervalue the better names. Putting a BIN (Buy-it-now) price on a domain is obviously more an art than a science which is why I personally like to have all my names listed as Make an offer and negotiate with end-users based on any intel I gather on the potential buyer such as their phone number, email and IP address, market trends and of course my current P&L.

Some names I like on this week’s list include Paby.com, eColor.com and of course HeroPay.com

Here’s this weeks list: (more…)

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111 newly funded startups and their domain names: TheOutline.com, AllDay.com, Pillsy.com

I’m writing this post from the PassKit offices in Hong Kong where I’m squatting a desk for the Friday afternoon. PassKit is one of the leading mobile wallet marketing companies in the world and was founded right here in Hong Kong a few years ago. When the company first launched they used the PassK.it domain hack but they quickly acquired the matching .com for their company. This week we look at a rather large list with 111 startup companies that raised a combined $417,348,540 in funding last week.  70% of these startups is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD coming in second once again with 10% of the pie. .Co and .Io have a strong presence with nine and six startups on the list.  It makes you wonder how many of these startups will follow PassKit’s example and upgrade to a .com domain name down the road.

We have some great name + domain combos on this week’s list.  First, there’s The Outline, a digital media venture founded by Joshua Topolsky, the former editor of Verge. The company owns the matching TheOutline.com domain which was acquired on the aftermarket.  Next up there’s Los Angeles-based All Day Media which is another new media startup that is building an editorial media brand and publishing technology for mobile-first Millennial audiences. The company can be found at AllDay.com – a domain name that was sold for a cool $22,500 by Mike Berkens MostWantedDomains back in 2014. Last up we have Pillsy, a Seattle-based iOT startup that combines smart containers with a mobile app that helps you remember and track your pills. An idea that won’t get traction according to my friend at PassKit because 80% of the people that take medication on a daily basis are seniors and not equipped with a smartphone.

Here’s this weeks list: (more…)

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