After analyzing 3101 newly funded start-ups that raised a combined 11.2+ billion dollars in funding during 2015, 1085 newly funded startups who raised 5.1 billion dollars in funding during the first 3 months of this year and 1110 startups who raised 4.9 billion dollars in funding during the second quarter of this year I am back with a Q3 report which is based on 1218 startups who raised a cool 6.1 billion dollars in funding during the third quarter of this year.
Exactly one year ago the data showed that .Com was the absolute top dog with a market share of 75% with the ccTLD being the runner up with 12% and .Co and .Io claiming a combined 7% of the pie. The new gTLDs only accounted for a measly 0.5% 12 months ago. So what (if anything) has changed since then? Let’s find out!
The king of TLDs keeps it dominant position but drops around 5% compared to 3 months ago. The decrease is mainly caused by the increased popularity of ccTLDs which grew from 12.6% last quarter to 15.6% in Q3. The most popular ccTLD with 28 startups is .In again and there’s a notable mention for .ai that saw 15 startups using the country code top-level domain for Anguilla as a hack for artificial intelligence. .Co and .Io remain in a neck-and-neck race with both extensions claiming just over 4% of the pie. The new gTLDs lost a bit of ground compared to Q2 as they went from a 2.3% to a 2.1% slice. The most popular new gTLD was .tech with five startups launching on the Radix owned extension in Q3.