After analyzing 449 newly funded start-ups that raised a combined 500+ million dollars in funding during the first quarter of 2015 , 748 newly funded startups who raised 1.9 billion dollars in funding during the second quarter 2015 and 867 newly funded startups who raised 4 billion dollars during the third quarter of 2015 I’m back with a Q4 report which is based on 1037 newly funded startups who raised a staggering 4.8 billion dollars in funding during the last 3 months of 2015.
Data doesn’t lie so this report gives you great insights in which domain name extensions are preferred among newly started companies across the globe. .Com has been dominating with a market share of more than 75% during the three quarters of 2015 while the ccTLDs grew from 8 to 12%. The new gTLDs have been performing poorly so far with a combined market share below 0.5% in Q1 till Q3.
So what (if anything) has changed during the last quarter of the year? Let’s find out!
.Com keeps it’s dominant position with pretty much the same percentage of ownership as the rest of the year, 74.1%. The ccTLDs continue to claim a bigger piece of the pie every quarter. More than 15% of startups in Q4 launched with a ccTLD with India being the main driver of this growth as .In has proven to be a popular alternative for a .Com name for the many new startups that the country is producing.
.Co and .Io were less popular alternatives during Q4 with a combined 6.1% of start-ups choosing for one of these extensions.
The new gTLDs did a lot better in Q4 with 12 startups and grabbed a little more than 1% of the pie during Q4 outperforming .Net, .Org, .Me and .TV. It still is a pretty poor performance when you keep in mind the new Gs exist of over 350 domain name extensions for startups to choose from.