Newly funded startups and their (domain) names – week 3.

As a domain name investor and having worked in startup companies most of my career I’d like to keep a close eye on which startups land funding and who’s gaining traction. There’s a lot to learn from analyzing the domain names these startups choose to launch on before they land their first big funding rounds so moving forward  I will share a weekly list of who received early stage funding and what domain name they currently use. Last week we saw close to 40 companies announcing seed or angel funding:

NameFundingAmountDomainTLD
InGloveSeedUndisclosedInglove.co.co
AppAnalyticsSeed$300,000AppAnalytics.io.io
SpaceBoxxSeed$1,000,000SpaceBoxx.nl.nl
LexooSeed$400,000Lexoo.co.uk.co.uk
Goo TechnologiesSeed$2,200,000GooTechnologies.com.com
Stride HealthSeed$2,400,000StrideHealth.com.com
Modelo.comSeed$1,000,000Modelo.io.io
DonaldSeed$500,000HiDonald.com.com
Globbux IncSeedUndisclosedGlobbux.com.com
SandstormSeed$1,300,000Sandstorm.io.io
MapillarySeed$1,500,000Mapillary.com.com
Eight PandaSeed$2,400,000EightPanda.com.com
SkydioSeed$3,000,000Skyd.io.io
Sense360Seed$2,800,000Sense360.com.com
ChartMogulSeed$600,000ChartMogul.com.com
North TechnologiesSeed$5,000,000n-o-r-t-h-t-e-c-h-n-o-l-o-g-i-e-s.com.com
My Dream StoreSeed$300,000MyDreamStore.in.in
Elsen TradingAngel$400,000Elsen.co.co
BlockCypherSeed$3,100,000BlockCypher.com.com
My Digital ShieldSeed$300,000MyDigitalShield.com.com
CirrusMDSeed$1,500,000CirrusMD.com.com
Skully HelmetsSeed$1,500,000SkullySystems.com.com
LawnStarterSeed$1,000,000LawStarter.com.com
QuestisAngel$1,500,000MyQuestis.com.com
Tico NetworkSeed$120,000TheTico.com.com
HandKrafted.comSeed$100,000HandKrafted.com.com
Frankly.meSeed$600,000Frankly.me.me
ShopprSeed$4,000ShopprApp.com.com
ArgoSeed$1,500,000Argo.io.io
OpportunitySpace IncSeed$500,000OpportunitySpace.org.org
HitPointSeed$2,000,000HitPointInc.com.com
CloudRailSeed540000Cloud-Rail.com.com
LIVEhouse.inSeed$1,300,000LiveHouse.in.in
Unata.comSeed$1,200,000Unata.com.com
GluruSeed$1,500,000Gluru.co.co
PlaySwellSeed$1,000,000PlaySwell.com.com
PercolataSeed$5,000,000Percolata.com.com
AppVirality IncSeed$465,000AppVirality.com.com

Funding data is based on online reporting and DNgeek can’t guarantee 100% accuracy. To compile this list we only include companies that raised seed or angel funding and exclude companies that raised venture, private equity or series A and beyond funding rounds. 

Over 60% of start-ups in this list use a .com domain with quite a few of them owning the exact match domain. The rising popularity of the .io TLD is also clearly visible with around 13% of them launching with a .io domain and one of the hottest startups in this list even having io incorporated in their name: drone maker Skydio. It would be interesting to see if and when some of these startup companies upgrade to their matching .com domain if they pull in Series A and beyond funding.

Doron Vermaat

Doron has over a decade of professional experience in marketing and business development for technology startups in both Europe and Asia. He is the product guy behind domain name management software, Efty and the founder of High West a specialized recruiter for tech and digital talent. In his spare time, he moonlights as a domain name investor. He lives in bustling Hong Kong with his wife Fay, daughter Isla and their rescue dog Pepper.

11 thoughts on “Newly funded startups and their (domain) names – week 3.

    1. North Technologies is founded by Kevin Rose (Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk etc). The company is used like a lab for new products so the North Tech website (and domain) won’t be used for any of the apps or products they roll out. Still, I agree, a very unusual domain name!

    1. It depends on the amount of funding raised but it would make sense imo to try and acquire the matching .com after you’ve raised, but before you announce your first seed or angel round. For the startups that have a very generic or descriptive name (such as Donald or App Analytics in this list) it makes more sense to grow first and try to buy the matching .com (if possible) when they raise a significant series A or B.

  1. Chris here from lexoo.co.uk.

    Having a .co.uk account is relevant for us right now because our service is only open to customers in the uk (or anyone wanting to do legal work in the UK).

    Interesting about the North Technologies url – I guess they’re banking on ‘the brand’ being more important the domain name.

    1. Hi Chris, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It makes perfect sense to use a ccTLD (country level domain extension) if you have a national focus! North technologies is only used as a lab name to develop products and applications so there won’t be much need for a premium domain as the site isn’t used as a lander for any of the products they launch which is why I suspect they opted for a “funny” domain name.

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