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107 newly funded startups and their domain names: Broadly.com, Progressly.com, Mist.com

We have a massive list for you with 107 startup companies that raised a combined $478,368,710 in venture capital last week. 76% of these startups is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD coming in as a distant second with 14%. With six startups using a .Io the extension is having a strong presence again this week  There’s just one startup that chose to opt for a new gTLD. That company is Pillar Technologies, a real-time risk management platform for general contractors that is using the .Tech extension.

We have some great name + domain combos on this weeks list.  First there’s California based Broadly which raised a $6.7M Series A to help small businesses generate positive reviews. Next up there’s another California tech startup, Progressly which aims to to improve business processes. The company upgraded to Progressly.com from Progress.ly not to long ago. Andrew Allemann over at Domain Name Wire spoke with the companies Founder about the upgrade. The company bought the domain for $8,750 on Sedo last year. Last but not least we have Mist, again another California based startup that delivers the world’s first intelligent wireless network products that leverage machine learning. The company uses the ultra premium Mist.com domain name which was acquired not long ago from what seems to be a wedding photographer who used to own it.

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The Brandable Insider: Do You Know Where Your Domains Are?

It’s weird but sometimes I treasure my domains more – when I no longer own them! Like a parent checking up on it’s children after they’ve moved away I find myself curiously typing URLs to see what’s become of my formerly near and dear.

And that’s where this week’s blog comes in. A sampling of my sales from the past year and what’s become of the little darlings that I bought on the cheap and sold for a tidy profit. (Note: All domains are dot-coms.)

TruNex – This was a GoDaddy coupon, hand reg. It was rejected by BrandBucket and sold on GoDaddy premium for low $XXX. Now its an adventure trip advisory service. They describe themselves as “the ultimate resource for high quality information on professionally guided trips and sports equipment.”
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Brandable domain name sales week 30: Yiro.com, DataTribe.com, UpScore.com

Boom! We have another massive list of brandable domain name sales for you thanks to Uniregistry reporting 17 months worth of sales last week. Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling told me that the company plans to report sales from their marketplace more regularly moving forward so now we only need GoDaddy/Afternic to start reporting their sales again to have a (nearly) complete picture of the domain name aftermarket. I’ll reach out to GoDaddy this week and hopefully I can give you guys an update on that next week.

There’s some truely baffling sales on this week’s list such as OrganicBaby.com for  $168k and NeverFail.com for $150k but some of the names I like on this weeks list include Yiro.com, DataTribe.com and UpScore.com

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93 newly funded startups and their domain names: ShareGrid.com, Terminal.com, HelloPrint.com

We have a pretty big list again with 93 startup companies that raised a combined $500,401,880 in venture funding last week. 71% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD coming in second with just under 20% this week. We only have one company using a new gTLD this week. That startup is data.world, an Austin based data analytics and collaboration platform maker which raised a $14 million series A round of funding from a syndicate of more than 24 investors. Elliot Silver from DomainInvesting.com spoke with the one of the co-founders about the company’s branding and usage of a new domain name extension.

Some name + domain name combos that i’d liked this week are from Seattle based peer-to-peer production rental marketplace ShareGrid which uses the matching ShareGrid.com domain name. Next up there’s Terminal, a San Fransisco based startup that built a system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. The company managed to acquire the premium Terminal.com domain name a couple of years ago. It was previously owned by a IT support company. Last up we have HelloPrint, a Dutch startup that operates the Europe’s fastest growing online print platform with activities in over 10 European countries from HelloPrint.com, a domain name that was purchased for less than $2,000 of Sedo in 2013.

 

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The Brandable Insider: Why You Should Claim Your Name

I admit it. I’m a dot-com snob. 99% of all my domains are dot-com. Every domain I’ve listed or spoken about in the 4 month history of my blog has been a dot-com. But this week I’m breaking that rule. Why? Because BruceDeBoer.net sold for $715.

Who is Bruce DeBoer? I don’t know. But I was thinking this guy must have bought his own name because a domainer wouldn’t pay that much for a dot-net. But then I thought: who in the world was bidding against this guy to get the price so high? Somebody who wanted to scoop it and then try to sell it to him for a higher price? Or maybe two domainers who had the same idea? (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 29: UpTrend.com, ChefOnline.com, CareShield.com

The wait is over. 17 months after last reporting any sales data, Uniregistry Market (previously known as DomainNameSales.com) reported thousands of previously unreleased sales totaling nearly $42 million that stretch back to February of 2015.  Even with just a couple of months of reported sales that year, DomainNameSales dominated the top 100 brandable domain name sales chart for 2015 showing clearly how important their platform is for closing end user sales in the five figure range in the brandable category.

Ron Jackson of DNJournal.com who has been given access to the sales data just published two month’s worth of sales this week, January & February 2016, and will include March & April in next week’s column and May & June the following week.

I reached out to Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling to see if we can expect sales data on a more regular basis now and he told me that they indeed will be reporting more regularly in the future given the fact that they’re becoming a mainstream brand . He added that there is no schedule at the moment but mentioned “perhaps each 3 or 6 months”.

I normally cap my report at the top 20 sales of the week but because of the influx of all the new data I will include any sale above $5k in my list the next few weeks.

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52% of domain name investors make $100/month or less.

Based on a recent poll at domain name forum NamePros, 21% of domainers operate at a loss, 14% breaks even and close to 18% makes $100 a month or less.  The poll, which asks the question “What’s your average gross profit per month from domaining?” has already received 362 votes during the past two days.  Although the NamesPros audience might not be the perfect representation of our entire industry I believe the poll result so far has to be quite accurate. Making money from investing in domain names is far from easy and the path to profitability is often long and full of challenges.
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68 newly funded startups and their domain names: Brillen.de, Netki.com, Mpb.com

The summer holiday is making it’s impact as we have a rather small list this week with just 68 startup companies that raised a combined $217,795,050 in venture funding last week. 63% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD coming in second again with just under 18% this week. We have three startup on this weeks list that are using a new gTLD, one .Audio, one .Academy and a .Guru

Some name + domain name combos that i’d liked this week are from the German based Brillen.de, which is an online portal that enables users to find and purchase from an extensive range of glasses. As you probably guessed brillen means glasses in German. Just like in most other European countries, the ccTLD is the top choice when it comes to a domain name.  Next up we have fintech startup Netki, a leading provider of tools to foster the adoption of blockchain technology. A nice, short and very brandable name for which the company owns the matching .com Last but not least we have mpb.com, the leading marketplace in Europe for trading high-end cameras and lenses. The company was already founded a decade ago but just raised their first outside capital, a $2.77M series A round.

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The Brandable Insider: The Dreaded GoDaddy Email

Alright. We made it! Outbidding our peers at that GoDaddy auction. Our chest is swelling with pride. We can’t believe the deal we got!

We carefully considered our options for selling the new domain at a handsome profit. We identified companies who could use it for an upgrade. If they don’t take it then we’ll wait 60 days and flip it to another domainer. Or…. maybe we’ll just sit on it for a year or two and wait for that righteous offer from a motivated end user.

Truth be told? In our mind, those dang profits are as good as spent!

Then. Seven days later. Suddenly. Without the slightest warning. Our plans are crushed like a grape at a cheap winery.
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Brandable domain name sales week 28: TechTemple.com, Electriq.com, Porneo.com

Despite the holiday season it was a pretty decent week for brandable domain name sales again. We saw three names sell in the five figure range with TechTemple.com leading the chart with a cool $16,000. A great two-keyword brandable with a very nice ring to it. The runner up Renovo.com went for $12,900 on NameJet. A quick Google search shows you why. When there’s a ton of companies already using a name you can make sure a domain will go for a price like this, even on a re-seller platform such as NameJet.

Electriq.com is a name I really like on this week list. I remember someone listed a similar name – Epiq.com – on BrandBucket.com years ago for $30,000 and it sold within a matter of weeks. Other names I like on this weeks list are Porneo.com (it’s time the adult industry starts to embrace brandables!), Zunda.com and ConnectPeople.com

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