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Brandable domain name sales week 26: Diti.com, Yido.com, MindWorks.com

It was another great week for brandable domain name sales with five names selling in the five figure range again. Leading the chart is Diti.com which sold for $14,000 at NameJet. If that name looks familiar to you it is because it sold earlier this year for $10,200 at the same site.  It’s a good example of the rising prices for CVCV.com names. Just three years ago you could quite easily buy a nice CVCV for less than $2,000 while floor prices today are almost triple that for the good letter combos.

Other names I like on this week’s list are: Yido.com, MindWorks.com, Dulo.com and JobSpotter.com

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72 newly funded startups and their domain names: Node.io, Soundwall.com, Axio.com

Funding activity was down significantly as we tracked 72 startup companies raise $261,378,950 in venture funding last week. 70% of these new companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a distant second again around 14%. .Io remains a popular choice among startups, taking just under 6% of the pie this week. The new Gs are starting to make a regular appearance now too, we have four again on this weeks list.

Some name + domain name combos that caught my eye this week are from San Francisco based Node, a big data and machine learning startup that’s reorganizing the information on the web based on the people who use it. I think .io (and .co for that matter) work well with really short and one keyword domains and Node.io is such an example. Next up there’s Soundwall, a Boulder-based startup that makes “connected canvases” for art. A great name and a pretty cool concept. Last but not least there’s Axio Global, a New York based cyber risk engineering and data sciences firm that uses the matching Axio.com domain name.

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The Brandable Insider: Are Double Letters the Latest Miicro-Trendd?

For years people have been hacking dictionary words to create company brands. I’m talking about startups like Zenefits, Bitly, Marketo, and Zomato, to name a few. But lately a new hacking style has emerged. I call it “double-letter brandables.” Just like other dictionary word hacks, double-letter brands appeal to those who want the cachet of a dictionary word without the high price tag. Current examples include the startups Fiverr.com, Worthyy.com, Givve.com, Riipe.com and Editorr.com.

Finding a double-letter brand looks ridiculously easy. But you’ll find that locating quality versions are increasingly difficult. I know, because I’ve been looking. I’ve purchased quite a few and through trial and error I’ve developed a list of principles and procedures that have guided my search. I’ll share them with you in case you’d like to dip your toe in the double-letter pool.
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Brandable domain name sales week 25: BrightEnergy.com, ViralMedia.com, Joca.com

It was a great week for brandable domain name sales with five names fetching five figures. The top sales was LiveMe.com which went for a cool $28,500 on Sedo. Live streaming has quickly become the hottest next thing. There’s a popular live streaming app called Live.me which is owned by Cheetah Mobile, a leading mobile application developer from China who’s most likely the buyer .

Some other names I like on this list are BrightEnergy.com (which was sold by AbdulBasit), ViralMedia.com and Joca.com

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115 newly funded startups and their domain names: Better.com, Sentera.com, Primary.com,

We have a BIG list this week with 115 startup companies that raised a combined $438,422,140 in venture funding last week. Exactly 80% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD coming in as a distant second with 9.5%. With five startups on the list,  the new gTLDs are presented quite well this week. We have two .xyz, one .tattoo, one .nyc and one .center.  Practice.xyz is the top fund raiser among them. The company announced their 4 million Series A funding together with a name change from ApprenNet (which used the matching .com) to Practice.

There are some great name + domain combos on this weeks list. First off we have Better Mortgage, a technology-driven direct mortgage lender which raised a cool $30M and is using the ultra premium Better.com domain name. Next up there’s Sentera, A Minneapolis-based drone, sensor, and software company which can be find at Sentera.com – I like this name as a pure invented brandable. Short, easy to remember, spell and pronounce and with a nice ring to it. Last but not least there’s Primary, a NYC based E-commerce site on the kids’ clothing market with the matching .com domain name.

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Efty launches new marketplace themes. Here’s mine!

The idea of offering advertising-free For-Sale landing pages that are built for conversion and enable domain name investors to generate leads from end-users without paying a dollar in commissions has been one of the many drivers behind the success of Efty, the company I co-founded. I’m very excited to share that we just took another important step in building Efty into the one tool that every domainer will love to use!

Everyone knows that having a website is essential to show you, your domains and your business in its best light and look professional and trustworthy. The truth however, is that many domainers simply don’t have the time or resources to create a site, let a alone a full-fledge marketplace to present their inventory. Until now. The two new marketplace themes released today at Efty allow anyone to create a custom domain shop in minutes and start marketing their domain name portfolio using a custom domain and sell domains from a slick, professional looking and responsive marketplace without paying a dollar in commission.

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The Brandable Insider: We’ve Got To Stop Tooling Around

Alright let’s just end this affair right here. I’m making it official. This is the last installment in my three part series on making money on the buy. Like a well-worn wrench hiding under a rag at the back of the work bench I’m uncovering the last few tools. You’ve heard of them but I’m hoping to give some additional insight and help you max out their value. As usual, I’ll be using domains sales from this past week to illustrate my points.
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Brandable domain name sales week 24: MemoryMatters.com, MarketingDaily.com, SleepMaster.com

It was a bit of a quiet week for brandable domain name sales as we don’t have any sales within the five figure range on the list. The top sale this week was MemoryMatters.com which sold on BuyDomains.com. A nice two-keyword name with a great ring to it. There’s been a heated debate over at NamePros the last few days regarding the percentage of keyword based brandables that sell against the invented type or made up pronounceable names as some like to call them.  Looking at my weekly lists I can say the keyword based brandables definitely outperform the invented type of names in terms of sales.

Speaking of NamePros; The forum just launched a new dedicated Brandable Domain Discussion section on it’s site. Some of the most interesting and fun discussions about brandable domains are happening over at NamePros so I highly recommend you to the check them out if you haven’t done so already.

Names I like on this weeks list include MarketingDaily.com, Everloop.com and SleepMaster.com

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77 newly funded startups and their domain names: LinkBee.com, PennyPass.com, Staffbase.com

Funding activity was up again last week with 77 new start-ups raising a combined $427,333,620 in venture capital. With 65% .com remains the dominant domain name choice among these new companies but the ccTLD is having a very strong presence with a 23% share this week.  With one .world and 1 .industries we have two startups going with a new gTLD for their address on the web.

There aren’t any premium .com domains on this weeks list but some decent name + domain combos on this weeks list include California based IoT smart home startup LinkBee that is using the matching .com domain which was bought for $3,550 on GoDaddy last year. Then there’s another California based startup, mobile payment company PennyPass and the third startup that caught my eye is Staffbase, a German company that helps companies launch their own branded employee app for internal communications.

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