Brandable domain name sales week 32: Onco.com, Sonka.com, HappyTimes.com

It was a solid week for brandable domain name sales last week with six sales reaching the five-figure range. DropCatch had the top sale of the week with IgoUgo.com which sold for $30,050. It used to be a popular travel site which was acquired in 2005 and eventually shit down in 2014. It still has some traffic and a large number of quality backlinks, hence the high price.

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61 newly funded startups and their domain names: 17.Media, Wasabi.com, AdWallet.com

I’m writing this post from our holiday home in Cernay-la-Ville, a tiny village in the North-Central region of France where we are currently staying. It’s the first time for my daughter on European soil and we’re enjoying all the space, fresh air, and quietness of the country side. Things most people take for granted but we do not have much of in Hong Kong.

$301,197,190 in funding was raised by 61 startup companies. More than 60% of them launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLD with a strong showing of almost 20%. The new domain name extensions also have a pretty decent presence on this weeks list with five start-ups. The most notable being M17 Entertainment, a live streaming company which raised $40 million dollars and is using 17.Media as its domain name.

The best domain name on the list by far is that of cloud storage startup Wasabi Technologies which uses the premium Wasabi.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 31: GoGirl.com, Miho.com, Sisara.com

The top sale went to NameJet this week where GoGirl.com fetched $22,322. At first instance, I thought it went quite high for a reseller buy but a quick Google search brings up quite a few potential buyers for which the exact match .com would be a great upgrade.  The largest end-user sale seems to be EyeTime.com  which sold for $15,000 at Sedo. The domain name is currently still parked.

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60 newly funded startups and their domain names: Circulation.com, BrandTotal.com, Bitcoin.com.au

Last week, $164,084,100 in capital was raised by 60 new start-up companies. Exactly 70% of them launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs coming in second as usual with just over 11% of the pie.  Three start-ups decided to go to market with a new domain name extension. We have one .Codes, a .One and a .Tech on the list.

Some domain names that I like on this week’s list include those of Boston-based transportation start-up Circulation which uses cutting-edge technology to manage the logistics and transportation throughout healthcare. The company uses the premium exact-match Curculation.com domain name. I also like BrandTotal, a marketing intelligence agency from Tel-Aviv who applies cyber security, machine learning, and AI methodologies to reverse engineer your competition’s marketing strategy. They purchased their matching .com domain name for $2,595 from HugeDomains.com.  Last up we have Australia’s newest authority in Bitcoin. 100% Australian owned and operated in the heart of Melbourne, the company uses the exact match ccTLD Bitcoin.com.au

 

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Behind the Brandable Keyword: Bright

Good brandable keywords don’t always have to be a noun such as Hero, Ninja or Geek.  Adjectives can also make a fantastic brand both as a single word or when combined with another word in a two-keyword brand name.  Just as with nouns we often see words with positive and uplifting connotations.  Bright is exactly such a word. It has a broad range of super positive meanings such as filled with light, vivid or brilliant, quick-witted or intelligent, lively and cheerful.

For this reason, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the word Bright is included in a large number of brand and company names.  A company search for the keyword Bright on LinkedIn alone brings up more than 14,000 companies.  An interesting fact is that LinkedIn acquired the job search startup Bright.com for $120 million back in 2014 and the matching .com now forwards to LinkedIn’s own job search. (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 30: MyJourney.com, Urun.com, TeamUltra.com

Brandable sales slowed down a little bit last week but nonetheless, we still have two five-figure sales on the list with Lumiant.com leading the chart with a cool $17,500.  The buyer is Lumiant Corporation which is a market-driven materials science company working to discover, develop and produce breakthrough materials for next generation products.  The company was previously operating from the LumiantCorp.com domain name which now forwards to their newly acquired domain.

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67 newly funded startups and their domain names: Capital.com, Workato.com, LuggageHero.com

We have a list of 67 new companies that raised $290,506,890 in funding last week. More than 71% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the usual runner up spot with a little over 13% of the list. There are three startups that chose to launch with one of the many new extensions: a .Coop and two .Tech

I’m glad to see some quality domain names back on the list after a couple of meager weeks. First and foremost we have fintech company Capital.com which operates a mobile trading app that allows its customers to invest in various financial instruments with the use of AI. The startup raised a cool $25M in funding and uses the ultra-premium Capital.com domain name. Next up we have workflow automation startup Workato. I like this as a strong invented brand name that is easy to say and spell. It looks like the company was able to hand-register the matching Workato.com domain name when they launched back in 2013. Last up we have LuggageHero, a luggage storage startup from Denmark that offers left luggage services to travelers using local shops. I’ve written about the use of the Hero suffix in two-keyword brands a couple of weeks ago.

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Behind the Brandable Keyword: Geek

“An unfashionable or socially inept person” Yep, it’s an understatement to say that the official definition of the word “Geek” as you will find it in the dictionary is far from flattering.  But thanks to the rising popularity of geek entrepreneurs (and tech billionaires) such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg the word has many positive connotations in today’s society. The modern day definition of the word Geek is nicely summed up by the Urban Dictionary as “The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult”.

Because of the rising popularity of the geek persona company names ending or starting with the word Geek have become more and more popular and quite a few of these startups have evolved in established companies with strong brand recognition and large client bases. 

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Brandable domain name sales week 29: Mondly.com, SweetPay.com, CryptoStars.com

We continue to see strong sales in the brandable domain name niche throughout the summer. The top sale this week was the one for Mondly.com which sold for a cool $25,000 on Sedo. The new owner of the domain name doesn’t show yet but my guess is that the buyer of the domain name is online language learning tool Mondly which currently operates from the somewhat long MondlyLanguages.com domain name. This would be a nice upgrade for them to the exact match .com

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74 newly funded startups and their domain names: TrueSpeed.com, ClearBallot.com, OneDome.com

We have a list of 74 startup companies that raised $525,015,230 in funding last week. Almost 69% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the usual runner up spot with over 13% of the list. There are four startups that went with one of the many new extensions: one .Bio, a .Solutions, a .Wine and a .Xyz.

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