When I first started covering newly funded startups and their domain names I didn’t expect the weekly report to become so popular within such a short time. I really enjoy doing these reports but as its quite time consuming to research, write and publish them it’s been very nice to hear from domain name investors, startups and even TLD registries that they are finding the reports useful and return for them each week. Since we’re already a quarter into 2015 I wanted to get an overview of the current domain name trends among funded startups so far this year. Is .Com still king? Is .Net really out of fashion these days? Is .IO really that hot and is .Co still cool?
Let’s find out 🙂
During the first 3 months of this year we reviewed a total of 449 newly funded startups that raised a combined 525 million+ US dollars in Seed and Angel funding which averages around 1,170,000 US dollar in funding per company
With 75% of startups that received funding during the 1st quarter of 2015 using a .com it is safe to say that .Com is still the undisputed king. The availability of a ton of new domain endings (the new gTLDs) such as .Club, .Guru and .Click hardly made an impact with a measly 3 funded startups so far launching with one of the new domain name extensions. Most used by startups after .com are the country level extensions (ccTLDs) with 8%. Most used in the ccTLD group are .Co.uk for the United Kingdom and .In for India. Still going strong is .Co, the domain extension marketed as THE domain name of choice for startups during the past few years and together with the new cool kid in the class, .IO they account for more than 11% of the tasty pie above.
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