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89 newly funded startups and their domain names: Point.com, ContactEngine.com, eBev.com

We have a pretty decent list again with 89 startup companies that raised a combined $433,896,920 in venture funding. 64% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD as the usual runner-up with just under 17%.  With seven startups on this list, .Co has a strong showing. One of them is Dia&Co, a personal styling and retail startup for plus size that raised a cool $20M and is using Dia.co as their domain. With one .cash and a .nyc we have two companies that use a new gTLD this week.

Some domains that caught my eye this week were from California-based Point, a company that lets homeowners sell a fraction of their home to long term investors.  The company can be found at the premium web address Point.com. Another name + domain that I liked is ContactEngine, a London-based SaaS platform that automates the conversations between corporates and their customers. And then there’s eBev, a Queensland based F&B company that connects hospitality beverage buyers with all of the beverage suppliers in their market via the eBev.com site.

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The Brandable Insider: Shopping for Domains Using Automated Tools and Curated Lists

Having a full time job means I have to wake up extra early each morning to get my domaining work done. I also work on my domain business in the evening but my morning shift consists of researching and reviewing the hundreds of auctions closing on that day. I look for sales ending at GoDaddy, Flippa, Snap Names, Pheenix and NameJet. Since each platform has thousands of daily auctions I use a wide variety of automated search tools and curated lists to save time.

Automated Tools

  • ExpiredDomains.net is an amazing platform that’s used by domainers around the world. It’s advanced search tool accesses tens of thousands of domains at multiple marketplaces in a matter of seconds. The website is the work of a man called Marco who lives in Germany and provides this amazing service for free. He deserves a heap of gratitude for providing us with this super helpful tool at no charge.

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Brandable domain name sales week 39: Lidi.com, SocialShop.com, HomeMaster.com

NameBio’s The Domain Game arrived on the Google Play store this weekend and I spend a couple of hours playing it. My longest streak of correct answers so far is ten in a row and I managed to infiltrate the top 30 of the leaderboard.  This game is a lot of fun to play and it will certainly help you become a better domain name investor. The sales prices for short acronyms, numerics, and one-worders are relatively easy to guess based on date and marketplace sold if you have some general knowledge about floor prices but what makes the game challenging are the brandables!

Speaking off, it was a very strong showing for brandable sales this week with eight sales in the five figure range. Some names I like a lot include Lidi.com, SocialShop.com and HomeMaster.com

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133 newly funded startups and their domain names: Juvo.com, Politico.com, Linius.com

Domainfest Asia is a wrap. Jothan Frakes and the Hong Kong-based DotAsia Organisation put together a fantastic show and I hope they will choose Hong Kong again for next years conference. I enjoyed speaking about How to Buy, Manage, Market and Sell Brandable Domains and bringing my four months old daughter to the show on the last day, because well, you can’t start young enough to learn about domaining 🙂

Back to newly funded startups and their domains. We have a BIG list again this week as two incubators funded a sizeable “batch” of startups again. We have 25 startups on this list that received $125k in funding from 500 Startups and another 18 that received ‎£10k each from London-based Entrepreneur First. From the 133 startups on this list just under 70% went with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs with 14%. Both .Co and .Io are represented well with 7.5% and 6%. We have four new GTLDs on the list, two .tech, one .digital and one .care

Domains I like on this list include Juvo.com, Politico.com and Linius.com

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The Brandable Insider: The Domains That Got Away

I bid in a lot of auctions but most of the time I don’t win em. Why? Well in a word, it’s because I’m cheap. At least that’s one way to look at it. I prefer to think that it’s because I’m a careful investor. I’m dedicated to acquiring domains at under market value. So I’m always looking for deals. The downside to this is that it requires a larger amount of my time. I recognize that at some point that is going to become an issue and I’ll need to adjust my business strategy. However, at the present time I’m still operating under the lean-startup business model and its normal to work long hours to bring a new venture to a stable level of profitability. Profits and sales are up big this year for me so 2017 is likely to be a year of reevaluation and adjustments.

The average domainer sells about 2% to 5% of their total inventory each year. This means acquisition and renewal costs must be carefully controlled lest they eat up all the potential profits. My present business model is to create a small to medium return on my investment (ROI) by catering to an end user demographic that buys moderately priced brandables in the $500 to $3,000 range.

With that in mind here are some some examples of domains that I was interested in acquiring but bailed out on when the bidding went beyond what I felt was a price that fit with my lean business model.
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Brandable domain name sales week 38: Smiile.com, DataChain.com, Kroo.com

People from all around the world arrived in Hong Kong this weekend to attend DOMAINfest Asia next week. I’ve been out for lunches, dinner and drinks for the last two days and the conference hasn’t even started yet. I’m having a breakfast meeting with my Efty co-founder Lionel tomorrow morning to keep things flowing so I’m going to keep this post very short as it’s already midnight here and I’d like to save a bit of energy for the next few days 🙂

Smiile.com for $18,000 is an interesting sale. There’s been a lot of these types of names listed on BrandBucket recently within the $2 to $3k range.

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92 newly funded startups and their domain names: TransferGalaxy.com, TextNinja.com, Senic.com

I skipped last week’s post on newly funded startups and their domains so I’m bringing you up to speed with an extra post today that includes 92 startup companies that received their first round of funding two weeks ago. A total of $564,031,220 was raised with French web hosting and cloud services provider OVH being the top dog with a whopping €250m in venture capital raised. The company isn’t exactly a startup since it was founded back in 1999 but since it had never raised outside capital before it makes it’s way into the list anyway. The company uses the exact match 3-letter OVH.com. More than 70% of the companies on this list also chose a .com address for their presence on the web with the ccTLDs taking slightly more than 16% of the pie. There’s one startup that is using a new gTLD which is Allegra, a fintech & insurtech company operating in Latin American and the Caribbean markets that uses Allegra.global.

There are no exceptional domains on this weeks list but some I like are from Sweden-based online mobile money transfer service TransferGalaxy , Chicago-based TextNinja which is a company on a mission to prevent distracted driving and then there’s Senic, a hardware startup from Germany that turns objects like dials and surfaces like tables into natural user interfaces. All three of them use the matching .com

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The Brandable Insider: You’ve Got an Offer, Now Don’t Blow the Deal!

This week I stumbled upon some apt advice from an unlikely corner of cyber space. It was from none other than Ivanka Trump. In my opinion, Ivanka has her head screwed on a little straighter than her Dad and I respect her for it. Furthermore, in her role as Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, she’s earned a reputation as an outstanding, real estate deal maker. I think her negotiation advice is spot on and transfers well to the domaining industry. Here’s a few of her negotiation principles and how I’ve applied them in my domain negotiations over the past few years.

Meticulous Preparation – First thing I do when I get an inquiry is to try to figure out who is making the offer. I search the web for the email address, the email handle and the website that the email address originates from. I continue to search until I know who the person is and where they work and what their interests are. If I can’t find any information about the person and the email is generic (like Stan659@yahoo.com) then I’m suspicious that they are hiding something. I will often say politely that I get lots of email offers and I can’t take their offer seriously until they email me from their business address. This gives me more info and allows me to take the lead in the negotiation process.
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Brandable domain name sales week 37: BlueBridge.com, ProLove.com, PrimeAgency.com

I’m writing this post from our hotel in Kagoshima where I am staying with my family before flying back home to Hong Kong tomorrow. It was our first trip as a family and besides a couple of minor incidents such as my daughter kicking a bottle of sake from the table during dinner in a fancy restaurant, everything went well :). Japan is such an efficient, clean and organized country with incredibly kind and friendly people, it really is a great place to spend the holidays. It’s also a nice place if you need a break from domain names because the Japanese tend to navigate the web almost exclusively via search engines (Yahoo! is king here) and the importance of domains is pretty much null as they are chosen purely to rank in search instead of qualities such as being memorable, brandable or short. Therefore it’s not unusual to see hyphenated subdomains such as www.so-net.ne.jp or www.rakuten-bank.co.jp being used for some of the biggest sites in the country.

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BrandBucket snaps up Keith deBoer as Brand Ambassador

Fellow blogger and part-time domain name investor Keith deBoer has accepted an invitation from BrandBucket to join their Ambassador partner program for domain sellers. He takes the position alongside Jeffery Emerick who became a brand ambassador for BrandBucket in February of this year. According to BrandBucket “Ambassadors are selected for their ability to craft great business names and to properly represent the BrandBucket messaging to future customers and partners. As part of the program, special perks, resources and budgets will be afforded to ambassadors to help them promote their portfolios and help represent BrandBucket’s ever-growing collection of available business names for entrepreneurs, startups, and new businesses.”

Former Ambassador and now BrandBucket’s managing director, Michael Krell, confirmed Keith’s new role via email this week and said that BrandBucket  plans to issue an official announcement in the next day or two.

Interestingly enough the news comes at the same time as I have personally started to move away from BrandBucket (and other similar marketplaces) to focus on selling my names via direct navigation which goes to show that different investment strategies can work for brandable domain name investors. I asked Keith to answer some questions on the news. (more…)

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