After analyzing 3101 newly funded start-ups that raised a combined 11.2+ billion dollars in funding during 2015, I’m back with a Q1 report for the new year which is based on 1085 newly funded startups who raised a whopping 5.1 billion dollars in funding during the first 3 months of 2016. This is once again more data than we had in previous quarters and we can all agree that data beats opinions.
Exactly one year ago the data showed that .Com was the absolute king with a market share of 75% followed by the ccTLD with 8% and .Co and .Io claiming a combined 11% of the pie. So what (if anything) has changed during the last 12 months? Let’s find out!
.Com remains the absolute top choice for funded startups by miles. Their slice of the pie is a tiny bit smaller compared to a year ago however which is caused by the increasing popularity of the ccTLD. The country code domain names have seen a steady rise in adoption, being pushed especially by the high number of Indian startups that raised funds over the last year and often use a .In domain. The ccTLD now claims a impressive 14% of the chart. The second most popular alternative to a .com is .Co closely followed by that other techie extension: .Io. The combined market share of these two guys was just under 7% this quarter.
With more than 350 new available domain name extensions for startups to choose from the new gTLDs keep performing poorly. Only 14 startups (or 1.3%) fell for the “not-Com” marketing and launched with one of the many new extensions that were supposed to change the domain name landscape forever.