57 newly funded startups and their domain names: Noona.com, PartyHype.com, AdventureBox.com

After a big list with some ultra premium domains last week we have a much smaller list with much more average domains for you this week. $172,831,320 was raised by 57 newly funded startups. More than 68% of these companies is using a .com domain for their website with the ccTLD being the second choice with more than 14%. There’s only one startup on the list that chose a new domain extension and that’s Netherlands-based virtual reality gaming company VRee which uses a .world domain name.

Some domain names I like this week include those of Finish medical device startup Noona Healthcare which uses the matching Noona.com. UK based mobile platform Party Hype that seeks to match partygoers with relevant events in real-time and Stockholm-based video game company Adventure Box. which can be found at the matching AdventureBox.com domain.

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The Brandable Insider: How to Negotiate as If Your Life Depended on It

I just read a book called: Never Split The Difference. It’s written by an International, FBI hostage negotiator. The author, Chris Voss, tells how he successfully negotiated with Islamic radicals and American bank robbers when people’s lives were at stake. From those gripping stories he draws simple, yet profound, lessons for negotiating everything from a pay raise to a million dollar contract with a multinational corporation.

Voss now works in the private sector teaching college courses and running a business consultancy called The Black Swan Group. He teaches easy steps for enhanced negotiation outcomes. The place where many fail, according to Voss, is when they allow their emotions to take over and sabotage their plans. To avoid this he teaches his students how to develop focused listening skills and measured responses that gain the trust and cooperation of the person on the other side of the deal.

One main principle comes from the book’s title. According to Voss, splitting the difference is for losers because it leaves too much money on the table.
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Brandable domain name sales week 47: LoveStore.com, MegaCity.com, Consulto.com

I hope everyone in the US had a great Thanksgiving weekend. It was a special weekend for me as well since I had all my five siblings over to visit me and my family here in Hong Kong.  The top grossing brandable sale this week was Tryp.com which went for $12,600 on auction site NameJet. The reason for the high sales price must be that there’s a large, global, hotel brand that goes by the same name. The domain name was first registered in 1996 and recently expired at Network Solutions.

Some names I like on this week’s list are LoveStore.com, MegaCity.com and Consulto.com (more…)

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90 newly funded startups and their domain names: Scroll.com, Kit.com, Price.com

$393,341,880 in funding was raised by 90 new startup companies last week. More than 66% of them launched with a .com domain for their address on the web followed by the ccTLDs with just over 12% of the pie this week.  We have three startups that went with a new domain extension: Hustle (which uses Hustle.life), a text distribution tool that allows organizers to start individual, personalized conversations with huge numbers of supporters, Yours, A blockchain-based social network that uses Yours.network and JSX, a cloud computing futures exchange that can be found at JSX.exchange.

There’s not three but four startups this week that managed to secure an ultra premium .com domain to launch with. First off there’s Scroll which is a startup that promises to create a “sustainable experience that puts amazing content in front of engaged users without all the noise” They launched on the matching Scroll.com domain which was acquired trough domain name brokerage firm Media Options just several weeks ago for $150k. Drew Rosener talks about the acquisition and the sale of the domain name in depth in this recent Domain Sherpa review. Then there is Kit, a NY-based startup that allows users to discover, discuss, and get interesting products. The Kit.com domain name they now own was most recently owned by entrepreneur and domain name investor Michael Gleissner (who’s been mainly in the spotlight for a range of bizarre UDRPs as of late) Then we have Price.com, a California -based startup that saves consumers money by aggregating all available shopping options before they make a purchase.

Last but not least we have Renew.com which is a benefits platform for retirees that has yet to be launched.

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The Brandable Insider: Tips and Tricks for the BrandBucket Marketplace

Its been two years since I started building my portfolio at the BrandBucket marketplace. I thought it might be a good time to share some of the things I’ve learned. Keep in mind that my tips are specifically about BrandBucket and may or may not apply to the brandable space in general. Also, they are subject to change as I continue to learn and the BrandBucket market niche evolves.

Lastly, these are my personal opinions and best guesses, not official BrandBucket guidelines that I’ve been given. As a Brand Ambassador I receive a finite number of BrandBucket listing credits each month. This is compensation for writing two monthly articles for their website and helping new sellers interact with the platform and develop their branding skills. Everything else is pretty much the same for me as it is with other sellers. Alright let’s dig in.

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Brandable domain name sales week 46: SocialScreen.com, Liha.com, PayHere.com

I hiked 100 kilometers (62 miles) this weekend. We started walking at 2 pm on Friday and were off to a good start but after 50k, 12 hours into the race, exhaustion and delirium started to set in and several of my teammates developed blisters and another one sprained his ankle. Nonetheless, we soldiered on and our team crossed the finish line of Hong Kong’s 35th Oxfam Trailwaker on Saturday evening, a looooong 32 hours and 6000 cumulative elevation later. To get an impression of the race, a video of the winning team can be seen here.

The week in brandable domain name sales was less wild. There wasn’t a single name that sold in the five-figure range this week. Liha.com went cheap IMO.

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49 newly funded startups and their domain names: Greenfly.com, Perq.com, OFD.com

With the US elections demanding everyone’s attention last week, it was a rather slow week in startup land. Only $122,044,940 was raised by 49 new startup companies. Almost 84% of these startups went with a .com domain name for their website with the ccTLD coming in second, claiming around 8% of the pie. We have two companies that chose a new domain extension. ElasticRun, a startup building an Uber for logistics and delivery uses Elastic.run and Dutch web development company Dot.world is using, you guessed it: a .World domain.

Some domains I liked on this list include those of Greenfly, a US technology platform that enables media companies and brands to source and manage video from high-value content creators.They use the matching Greenfly.com domain name which as first registered back in 1997. I also like PERQ, an advertising startup that helps to attract more buyers with incentivized marketing promotions which can be found at Perq.com, another domain name from 1997. Last but not least there’s OFD Foods. It’s not exactly a sexy brand (it’s an acronym for Oregon Freeze Dry) and it’s also not a startup because the company was founded decades ago. But because they just raised their first round of outside capital they’ve made the list and with the OFD.com domain name as their home on the web they can’t be ignored.  (more…)

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October domain acquisitions and sales

October was a pretty mellow month for me both on the buy and sell side of the business. I only acquired three domain names which is without a doubt the smallest number of domains I’ve added to my portfolio during a month since I started out investing back in 2013. I’ve sold six domains during October of which five to other investors and one to an end-user and I dropped a whopping 349 domains.

Here’s a snapshot of my Efty cockpit giving you some insight into my performance as a domain name investor each month. (more…)

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The Brandable Insider: Double-Letter Domain Sales in 2016

Double-letter brandables were a popular topic this past week. DNgeek founder, Doron Vermaat, reported on the sale of Maill.com and BrandBucket Managing Director, Michael Krell discussed double-letter domains in his seller podcast. So I thought I’d go with the flow and give a 2016 sales update. Before I do that I’ll remind readers that in June I wrote two articles on this topic. In the first one I outlined my personal criteria for buying double-letter brandables. In the second, I analyzed the prior 10 years of sales.

A trend emerges
When searching NameBio for short, double-letter brandables I found only 10 sales for the period of 2005 to 2010. However, things picked up from 2011 and 2014 when 22 sold. Sales accelerated further in 2015 when 14 double-letter sales were reported. This was twice as many as any year in the prior decade according to my NameBio research.
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Brandable domain name sales week 45: RetailBeauty.com, Nordal.com, Wura.com

It was a bit of a quiet week for brandable domain name sales as we did not see any reported sales crossing into the five-figure range. The top sale of the week goes to Mike Mann’s DomainMarket.com with the sale of VanPlus.com for just under $10k. There’s a company that goes by the same name which currently is using the hyphenated Van-Plus.com as well as Van.plus that could be the buyer.

Some names I like on this week include RetailBeauty.com, Nordal.com and Wura.com. It was interesting to see a name such as CyberHawk.com go for as much as $2,409 in the reseller market. It just goes to show how hot the market for brandables is these days.

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