84 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Intersection.com, CloudSense.com, BrokerGenius.com

$981,611,640 was raised by 84 newly funded startups last week. Ecological Service Partners led the funding round by raising $250M in Venture funding.  This ecological restoration company seeks to revitalize the habitats of various animal species.  Of the 84 startups, 60 of them used a .com domain, while 18 of them chose a country-code top level domain. Thereafter, we have one .biz, one .net, two .org domains, and two new generic top level domains (a .academy and a .space).

The best domain on our list is Intersection.com, a domain first registered in 1997. Intersection secured a cool $150M in Venture funding, and is a company that “connects the physical world to the digital world in urban environments.” That is, they provide services like free wifi in cities. Next, we have CloudSense.com , which is the internet home of the British-based cloud software and service provider. Honestly, ‘Cloud Sense’ is definitely not the best ‘cloud’ domain out there, but works alright for this company. Finally, we have BrokerGenius.com, belonging to a New York based company that built a platform to help the ‘middle men’ in ticket sales. The name ‘broker genius’ is a decent brandable domain, as we’ve seen other domain names ending with ‘genius’ sell for up to $20K in the last couple of years (MoneyGenius.com)

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Brandable domain name sales week 45: LegacyLife.com, InsightPro.com, GeekSpot.com

The top grossing brandable domain name sale from last week is LegacyLife.com which sold for a cool $30,000 at Sedo.com. The domain is still in transfer service and a quick Google search shows several potential end-users with the most obvious one being an insurance company that is currently using the very long LegacyLifeInsuranceSolutions.com url. Another domain name I like is InsightPro.com which sold for $7,000 and is already in use by the new owner. Last up we have GeekSpot.com which sold for $5,255 through the Efty platform. A lot more details on that sale, including the purchase price, can be found here.

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95 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: LoveSports.com, VitalProteins.com, Endy.com

The total amount raised by 95 newly funded startups this week was just a little more than the total amount raised by 85 startups last week: $587,760,616 USD was raised. The funding round was led by Donahue Schriber Realty Group, a real estate investment group that focusses on developing community-based shopping centers.  73% of our startups chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 24% of them chose a ccTLD, and one organization chose a .net domain.

The first decent domain on this week’s list is LoveSports.com. The company, Love Tennis, is a Chinese tennis platform. Surprisingly, they do not own LoveTennis.com nor LoveTennis.cn. Personally, the term “Love Sports” brings back faint memories of the “GotMilk?” slogan from a couple of years ago.  The second domain, VitalProteins.com is pretty straightforward for a natural protein company. Finally, we have Endy.com, a four letter pronounceable domain used by the Toronto-based furniture company.

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Brandable domain name sales week 44: GlobalEnergy.com, SpoilMe.com, SpacePay.com

After a few very strong weeks of brandable domain name sales, the market took a bit of a breather last week.  One of the more noticeable sales was that of GlobalEnergy.com, a dropped domain name that sold for $18,900 at auction at DropCatch. There’s a number of potential end-users for which the domain name could be a nice upgrade, hence the high price.

Some other domain names I like this week include SpoilMe.com, SpacePay.com and Etio.com

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85 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: BigLabs.com, CountingUp.com, CashFree.com

Last week, there was an increase from the previous week in both the number of new startups launched, and in the corresponding funding raised. In fact, 85 startups raised a total of $536,732,751 USD. The funding round was led by Neurimmune Holding, a Swiss biotech company who uses antibody remedies to cure diseases. 61 of the 85 startups (72%) chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 23 of them (27%) chose a ccTLD, and one organization chose its corresponding .org domain.

This week, the better domains were of the brandable variety. Though BigLabs.com is somewhat generic, it is also brandable. Big Labs is focussed on launching big ideas into successful companies. Our second company, Counting Up, provides banking, accounting and general financial solutions for new startups and sole traders. Since “counting up” is actual mathematical terminology, I think the domain works decently for this company. And kudos to them for seemingly upgrading from CountingUpHQ.com to CountingUp.com. A domain that exactly matches the company’s name is always a plus. Finally, we have CashFree, a company that provides Indian businesses with payment solutions.

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Brandable domain name sales week 43: Koniku.com, Vejo.com, HappyChef.com

The big news this week is that Drew Rosener and his team at MediaOptions acquired all assets and intellectual property of DomainSherpa, the leading educational website in the domain space and that the show will continue under the new ownership. I’m excited about the news and looking forward to the new content that will be produced by Drew, Tess, and Chris.

With nine five-figure sales, it was another big week for brandable domain name sales too.  Some names I like on this weeks list include Vejo.com, HappyChef.com and MoneyMakers.com

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77 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Devoted.com, Chatterbug.com, CardX.com

The total funding raised by 77 startups this past week was $415,782,943.  Devoted Health, with the category killer domain, Devoted.com, led the funding round by raising approximately $62 million  in venture funding. The company is focussed on providing health care for seniors. Of the 77 startups on this week’s list, 49 of them chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 2 companies chose a .net domain name. 21 companies chose a ccTLD, and we have one .company, one .enterprises, one .games, and two .xyz domains.

Unlike the last few weeks, there were some very nice domain names this week. We’ve already highlighted Devoted Health, with the premium Devoted.com. The domain was first created in 1997, but it looks like it might have been mostly undeveloped until recently. The name works well for many companies in many niches, and it especially works well for a health care company in terms of communicating it’s mission. Honestly, I wouldn’t think twice about checking out the services offered by a healthcare company whose domain name is Devoted.com. Next, we’ll highlight Chatterbug.com. Chatterbug is a term for a ‘person who talks a lot’, and surely the brand works for this company as they seek to use adaptive courses to help folk develop better language skills. Finally, we have CardX, a company that allows businesses to accept credit card payments with no fee to the business. The domain name, CardX.com, sold for $20,000 on Sedo back in 2015.

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The Top 25 Cryptocurrency Domain Name Sales

Financial technology is slowly but steadily disrupting the traditional finance and banking industry with cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology behind it leading the wave of innovation and change.  Naturally, savvy domain name investors with an eye for spotting trends early on registered the best domain names related to these new digital currencies and technologies years ago and we’ve been seeing a steady flow of impressive end-user sales for domain names related to cryptocurrency with the $2 million sales of ETH.com (which is the acronym for popular cryptocurrency Ethereum) being the most recent reported sale.

In the light of that blockbuster sale, I thought it would be nice to compel a list with the help of the Namebio database of the 25 highest reported domain sales related to cryptocurrency and the blockchain.

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Brandable domain name sales week 41 & 42: MyWorld.com, Everex.com, Edio.com

I skipped last weeks sales report because I was in the Netherlands where I ran the Amsterdam marathon together with Efty Co-founder Lionel. It was my first road-running marathon and it was much harder than expected but a very memorable and worthwhile experience nonetheless as I wrote here.

It was a pretty wild couple of weeks for brandable domain name sales with our first ever reported seven-figure brandable sale and another five sales well into the five-figure range. The seven-figure sale was that of MyWorld.com which sold for a whopping $1,200,000. The seller was Anything.com and the sale was brokered by domain name broker extraordinaire Larry Fisher.

Another interesting sale was that of Everex.com which went for the unusually high amount of $50k+ on reseller platform NameJet for the sole reason that there’s a Blockchain-based microlending startup which currently uses Everex.io for their website. The Everex.com domain name now resolves to a Uniregistry For-Sale landing page with a minimum offer of $750,000

Some names that I like on this weeks list include Wona.com, Edio.com, HappyTurtle.com and HomeGeek.com

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62 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Pex.com, LaundryHeap.com, GrowHealthy.com

The total funding raised by 62 startups this past week was $237,770,142.  And similar to last week, funding was led by a biomedicine company, Impact Biomedicines. The company raised $22 million in Series A funding to treat myelofibrosis and other cancers. The .com domains really rained supreme this week, with 75% of the 62 startups launching in com. The ccTLD’s accounted for 21% of the 62 domains.  Other than those, we have one .tech and one .xyz.

In terms of domain names, first up, we have the 3-letter pronounceable, Pex.com, a domain  first registered in 1996. Pex is a company that allows its users to find and monetize online video and music. Next up, we”ll highlight the brandable domain LaundryHeap.com, which belongs to an on-demand laundry services company with delivery. This one grabbed my attention because I recently, independently thought up this idea for the NYC area, and thought I was brilliant……… until I saw that there were already companies doing this in NYC and beyond. :-). The words ‘laundry’ and ‘heap’ go really well together for a brandable combination because of the obvious relationship between the two words.  Finally, we have another brandable domain, GrowHealthy.com. This verb-adverb combination works well for the medical marijuana company, who envisions their nurseries growing high quality marijuana to help patients.

 

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