65 newly funded startups and their domain names: Gavl.com, MyStrength.com

This week, we have 65 startups raising a total of $821,044,122. It’s no surprise that a biosciences company, Harmony Biosciences, led the funding rounds with $270 million in Venture funding.  Harmony’s goal is to provide new treatment options for patients with central nervous system disorders. 64% of the 65 startups launched with a .com domain name, while 30% of them chose a country code top level domain. Other than these, we have one .tech (MinionLabs.Tech), one .ventures (Grateful.Ventures), and one .xyz (Dropit.xyz). Kudos to .xyz for making this week’s list.

Let’s talk about Gavl.com! The name is used by the real estate auction company, Gavl. And this name works extremely well for the company because of the significance of gavels in closing auction bids. And I dare say that the misspelling is still memorable. Next up, especially after the $1.2M sale of MyWorld.com, we’ll highlight MyStrength.com. The domain sold for $10k on Sedo back in 2011. And the company, MyStrength provides both mental and physical services to help people with mental disorders.

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Brandable domain name sales week 40: eShare.com, Yobo.com, Bipex.com

It was a bit of a mellow week for brandable sales compared to previous weeks as we only have two reported five-figure sales this week. The top sale goes to NameJet where eShare.com sold to the highest bidder for a cool $12,750. The domain name was first registered back in 1996 and recently expired from Network Solutions.  These type of aged, expired domains always seem to fetch a very good price. A domain name I really like is Yobo.com which sold at GoDaddy auctions. CVCV domains are in demand and this is a really nice one.

I sold Bipex.com for $1,999 via Afternic where it was listed as a Buy-It-Now.  I purchased the domain at auction for $84.47 in 2015.

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10 companies that paid up for a premium .Co domain name

It’s no secret that my money is on .com domains. It’s the only generic top-level domain that has consistently been dominating the sales charts and even with the many new TLDs that launched during the last couple of years, I do not see this changing anytime soon. There is, however, one other extension in which I have been successfully making a moderate profit (low five-figures) during the last years and that is .Co

Before .io came around, .Co easily was the most popular alternative for .com for startups and the extension has seen huge end-user adoption since it became publicly available in 2010 thanks to a very well executed and aggressive marketing push by the registry at the time.  As a result, many premium, one-word .Co domains were snapped up for big bucks during the landrush auction in 2010 and despite competition from some new, cool kids on the block such as .io and .ai, .Co continues to report impressive sales in the aftermarket.

The most important driver for its success is the large number of startups that embraced the extension over the years and build large and successful businesses on the domains with some of them forking out a significant amount of money to acquire their .Co domain. Here are 10 of them. (more…)

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72 newly funded startups and their domain names: Fluidly.com, Klue.com, Moodle.com

$750,525,140 was raised by 72 start-up companies last week. Vxchnge, a company that operates a network of data centers throughout the US, led the funding rounds with $200 million in Venture funding. As always, most of the startups (68% of them) chose to launch with a .com domain name, with 29% of them choosing a ccTLD. This week, we have two new gTLDs, a .games (teatime.games), and a .tech (Jala.tech)

Yet another week of struggling to find category-killer domain names to highlight in our title. However, we must carry on with a few other domain names that work well. The -ly suffix was extremely popular among startups for a few years. Although that phase is coming to an end, we have Fluidly on this weeks list. The domain works since fluidly is a dictionary adverb denoting the idea of something that is not rigid. And truly, this idea is related to the company’s goals of managing and rethinking the way businesses manage their cash flow.  Next up, we have Klue, a company that seeks to provide intelligence information (give a clue) about a business’ competitors. Klue.com was first registered in 1999, and is a great brandable domain name, as Klue is quite the popular misspelling of Clue. Next, we’ll honorably mention the open source learning platform, Moodle. As a former teacher, I’m relatively certain I used Moodle a couple of years ago for course management. Back then, I was told that ‘Moodle’ was a misspelling of ‘Doodle’; however, ‘MOODLE’ is apparently a tech-term for “Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.”

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Brandable domain name sales week 39: FitBar.com, Voro.com, SunPay.com

It was a very solid week for brandable domain names sales last week with seven names selling in the five-figure range. The top grossing sale was FitBar.com which sold for a cool $25,000 at Sedo. The whois is still showing Sedo’s transfer service so it’s unclear at this stage who the buyer is. The domain name has been parked with Uniregistry since at least 2013 which shows that sometimes it takes a while before the right buyer comes knocking on your door.

Another domain name that I like is Voro.com – it sold for $10,000, also at Sedo and already shows a developed site for a healthcare recommendation application.

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101 newly funded startups and their domain names: TenFour.com, ClearCover.com, Ryte.com

A whopping $896,602,930 was raised by 101 start-up companies in the last week. Of these, Shenzhen based transport and logistics  YH Global, led the funding rounds by raising RMB1.2 billion (US$182 million) in Series A funding. Approximately  76% of this week’s startups chose a .com domain name, with 23% of them choosing to use a ccTLD. As for the new gTLD’s; we have a .global (Good2Go.global), a .live (Carson.Live), and a .life (odoc.life)

Honestly, I would have loved to see some great liquid domains and/or some one-word .com domains on this week’s list, but I understand that these are quite expensive for new startups.  After searching arduously through the list for domains to highlight in the title, the first name I went with was TenFour.com. The domain sold on SnapNames for $11,250 back in 2006, and Ten Four is an IT infrastructure company headquartered in New Jersey. ClearCover.com also stood out to me because of the alliteration. Clearcover is an insurance tech company out of Chicago, who claims to have a new approach to doing car insurance. Lastly, we have Ryte.com, a domain name first registered in 1999, and may have been sold on Afternic sometime in 2016. The company, Ryte, previously known as OnPage.org,  is a digital monitoring and optimization company.

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10 invented brandable domain name sales from the Uniregistry sales report

Quite a few domain name investors are under the impression that a pure invented brandable domain name (or made up names if you like to call them that) only has a chance of selling for a high return when it’s listed on a specialized brandable marketplace such as BrandBucket or Brandroot. The thought process often is that simply because these type of domains do not get a lot of traffic from direct navigation they are less likely to sell themselves and need the reach of a specialized marketplace to find a home.

I won’t deny that said marketplace have targeted traffic and repeat buyers but from experience and years of scanning sales reports I know that invented brandable domains sell wherever you point them at and often they sell for higher prices than the average sales price of ~ $3,000 that you see at the specialized marketplace.

A good example is Uniregistry their recent sales report. Since the company doesn’t operate a centralized marketplace where buyers can search aftermarket inventory, it is safe to say that the large majority of their sales are generated by inquiries that come in trough parked and For-Sale landing pages. As I reported last week the company moves many millions of dollars in brandable domain names each year.

Below are ten randomly selected invented domains that sold trough Uniregistry in the $1 to $10k range. (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 38: WomenInc.com, Coba.com, Atlantia.com

The top brandable sale last week was WomenInc.com which sold for a cool $25,000 at Sedo.com. The whois details are under privacy and no website resolves as of yet so it’s not clear who the buyer is but there are several companies and organizations for which this domain name would be a nice upgrade.  Another interesting sale was that of  Atlantia.com which sold for almost $10k at Namejet after the previous owner let the domain name expire. It was originally registered back in 1995 and in use by an Offshore drilling company until that company was acquired a few years ago. You often see this happening, the new owner letting a domain name that belonged to a company they acquired expire.

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91 newly funded startups and their domain names: Ve.com, Kudos.com, Kolos.com

BOOM! $1,019,118,360 in fresh capital was raised by 91 start-up companies in the last week. This record-breaking number is mainly caused by a $500 million series A round in Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare, a medical imaging equipment developer. The round values United Imaging at RMB33 billion (US$5 billion) post-money, allowing the firm to join the ever-growing list of Chinese unicorns. The company uses the hyphenated United-Imaging.com domain name since the direct match .com is developed by a US-based company selling office supplies.

More than 72% of the startups on this list launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs who claim 14% of the pie this week.

Some domain names I like on this list include those of Adtech company Ve Global which operates from the swanky 2-letter Ve.com domain name. The domain name was previously owned by domain name investor Aron Meystedt as reported by Elliot Silver here but is not clear if he sold the domain name to the London-based startup.  Another killer domain is Kudos.com, which is in use by California-based Kudos&Co which describes itself as an entertainment company that offers a safer social sharing experience for kids. Last up there’s Kolos, a yet-to-be-built data center in Norway which will be the largest green data center in the world with 100% of its energy powered by hydropower. They managed to acquire the matching Kolos.com domain name which was first registered in 1998 and in use by some Ukrainian webshop for many years.

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Here are the top 100 brandable sales from the Uniregistry Sales Report

Uniregistry Market, formerly known as DomainNameSales has been a force to be reckoned with in the domain name aftermarket for many years and thanks to the company its initiative to start releasing their sales data a couple of years ago they have been dominating our yearly top 100 list of brandable with 47% of the top 100 sales in 2015 and 49% in 2016.  We still have to wait a few months before we can publish the top 100 for 2017 but at first glance, it seems that Uniregistry’s results in the brandable niche have been a bit less impressive than the two prior years. The company did not report a single six-figure brandable sale this year while they reported six in 2015 and three sales of $100k or more in 2016.

Below you’ll find our curated list of the top 100 brandable sales in the report and if you like you can click here to download the entire spreadsheet of 2,728 sales at NameBio.com
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