Being from a cold weather state I take a work break in the Winter and head for the tropics. That means while you’re camping in the Rockies, waiting on line at Disney World or taking selfies in front of the Eifel Tower, I’m drinking lemonade in front of the computer. You’d think that wouldn’t be helpful since traditionally summer’s the slowest season for domaining. But less domainer traffic also means fewer bidders (and less competition) at the expiring domain auctions. So I spent my days reviewing drop lists till I couldn’t see straight. To my surprise, at the end of the season I ended up with some decent brandables from places like GoDaddy, NameJet, SnapNames and Flippa.
The commercial use of aerial drones has really “taken off.” Revenues for drone related startups rose from $130 million dollars to $1 billion dollars in two years time. (source:Forbes) This inspired me to buy:
Agricultural technology is another industry that’s really begun to show promise this year. AgTech startups received $2.3 billion in venture capital in 2014. That’s more venture capital than either the FinTech or GreenTech startup sectors. That’s because most of the new breakthroughs in Agriculture are data driven. With this is in mind I bought:
DNgeek owner, Doron Vermaat, has bought and sold a number of nice domains in the recruitment space and I’m trying to get a piece of that industry with these acquisitions:
The grocery delivery and meal subscription niche has been very popular the past few years with the startup BlueApron on track to generate $1 billion in revenues this year. For that reason these domains looked scrumptious to me:
Big ticket items have huge price markups and generate huge revenues. One such industry is real estate and these domains found a home in my portfolio this summer:
Domains related to consumer retail sales have always been a staple of the domaining industry. So how could I resist these?
As you know I’m also a fan of the health care industry as the baby boomers move from desk chairs to wheel chairs. After care-full examination I purchased these:
And lastly I have less than 1% of my portfolio dedicated to the highly speculative, “alternative smoking” industry. This space has huge long term potential but it also faces immense political obstacles on the federal level and for that reason its ultra speculative from my point of view. That said, I already own:
This summer I also added:
NOTE: Grass/Hero/com applies to both cannabis and the lawn care industry which is richer than you think. This summer an Atlanta based landscaping company bought the domain Lawn.com for $240,000.
What names did you acquire this summer? Let us know in the comments below.
As usual there are some nice brandables up for sale at NameJet this week: