Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q2 2016

After analyzing 3101 newly funded start-ups that raised a combined 11.2+ billion dollars in funding during 2015, and 1085 newly funded startups who raised 5.1 billion dollars in funding during the first 3 months of 2016 I am back with a Q2 report which is based on 1110 startups who raised a cool 4.9 billion dollars in funding during the second quarter of this year.

Three months ago the data showed that .Com was the absolute king with a market share of 73% followed by the ccTLD with a strong 14% and .Co and .Io claiming a combined 7% of the pie. Despite a ever increasing number of extensions the gTLDs still performed poorly with just 1.3% of the pie last quarter. So what are the most popular domain name extensions for newly funded startups today? Let’s find out!

popular domain extensions for startups Q2 2016

With 73.7% .Com remains the absolute kingpin of domain name extensions for funded startups by miles. Their slice of the pie is the exact same as it was in Q1 of the year. The country code domain name keeps a firm second place with just under 14%.  The second most popular alternative to a .com is still .Co but they can feel the ever increasing popularity of .Io breathing down their neck. My forecast is that .Io will have overtaken .Co in popularity among newly funded startups in Q3. The combined share of the pie for these two extensions is 7.3% for this quarter which is slightly up from 3 months ago. The new gTLDs saw a nice win at the expensive of .Org, .Net and .Me as their share grew from 1.3% last quarter to 2.3% today. .Xyz was the most popular among the new Gs with 6 out of 25 startups launching with this extension.

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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 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.

7 thoughts on “Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q2 2016

  1. I’m just curious why you grouped ccTLD’s with .io and .co in the chart? They have nothing to do with each other. Makes the chart look unrealistic.

    1. It makes some sense to group the TLDs as Doron has done.

      Sure, .CO, .IO, .ME, and .TV are all technically ccTLDs; but they’re never used by these funded startups to represent Colombia, the British Indian Ocean Territory, Montenegro, or Tuvalu. These 4 might be bundled together as “global ccTLDs”, but each is a large enough slice of the pie to stand on its own.

      Arguably, .NET, .ORG and perhaps the “Others” category (insofar as it includes .BIZ, .INFO, etc.) might show up better as a single pie slice for “Legacy Not-COM gTLDs”.

      Most domainers are confused about the term “gTLD”, which really includes pretty much everything that isn’t a country code – .COM, .NET, .ORG, .GOV, .EDU, .MIL, etc. Personally I prefer “nTLD” to distinguish the suffixes introduced since 2014 from established gTLDs like .COM. Talking about “.COM versus gTLDs” is like saying “Jazz versus Music” or “Americans versus Humans”. Eventually, I hope bloggers will adopt a common standard. The real distinction is between gTLD and ccTLD. Otherwise readers will find articles on different sites practically unintelligible.

  2. Interesting info – as always…

    and I had to go look up the word “pedant”
    I’ve never heard that word and I’m old as dirt…
    ~Patricia

    Definition:
    ped·ant
    ˈpednt/
    noun
    noun: pedant; plural noun: pedants
    a person who is excessively concerned with minor details
    and rules or with displaying academic learning.

    synonyms: dogmatist, purist, literalist, formalist, doctrinaire, perfectionist;

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