Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q3 2015

After analyzing 449 newly funded start-ups that raised a combined 500+ million dollars in funding during the first quarter of the year and 748 newly funded startups who raised 1.9 billion dollars in funding during the second quarter of this year we’re back with a Q3 report which is based on 867 newly funded startups who raised a whopping 4 billion dollars in funding in the past 3 months.  More data = more accurate stats so this report gives you some great insights in which domain name extensions are gaining traction among newly started companies across the globe. .Com has been dominating with a market share of more than 75% during the first half of this year while the ccTLDs grew from 8 to 10%. The new gTLDs have been performing extremely badly so far with a combined market share below 1% in both Q1 and Q2.

So, has anything changed during the third quarter of the year? Let’s find out!most popular domain name extension for startups Q3

The king of TLDs keeps it dominant position with pretty much the same percentage of ownership as in the first half of the year, 75%. Most used by startups after .Com are the country level extensions (ccTLDs) with 12.62% of the pie which is another increase from Q2. With 42 startups, most used in the ccTLD group is the Indian TLD .IN by far. India’s startup remains super hot is with plenty of venture capital flowing in multiple startups every week.  .Co and .Io remain popular alternatives with a combined 7.4% of start-ups choosing for one the extensions.

Then there is notable mention for .Me and .Tv. Both of these extensions prove to be more popular among funded startups than all the new gTLDs combined. With just 4 startups that launched with one of the 350 new available domain name extensions the new gTLDs only take 0.5% of the pie which is even less than in Q2 when we saw 6 startups brave enough to launch with one of the new Gs.

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.

3 thoughts on “Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q3 2015

  1. Thanks. interesting. when viewing the chart in mobile. its too small. so u need to take care of that. but still i manage to zoooooooom out and read.

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