55 newly funded startups and their domain names: Grammarly.com, CareSourcer.com, Empower.me

A whopping $577,293,300 in funding was raised by 55 new startup companies last week. More than 67% of these companies launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs with 14.5 percent.  Cover, a technology company which offers a design optimization software for making custom-designed properties such as livable sheds is the only startup this week that chose a new domain extension: Cover.build

Some domain names that I like on this week’s list include those of Grammarly, a fantastic startup that offers an AI-powered browser extension to help people communicate more effectively. As a non-native English speaker, I use their Chrome plugin pretty much daily to help me catch typos and grammar mistakes. The company just raised a very large funding round and can be found at the matching Grammarly.com domain name. Another domain name I quite like is of UK-based healthcare startup Care Sourcer which provides is a web-based tool on the CareSourcer.com domain name which enables an individual and their family members (care seekers) to investigate and source care that meets their specific needs. Last up we have Califoria-based fintech startup Empower which aims to help millennials manage their finances through its mobiles app for iOS devices. The company uses the Empower.me domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 19: Raxi.com, EverTrust.com, PixelPerfect.com

It is the third consecutive week in which we can report five or more sales exceeding the $10,000 sales price. The market for brandables is hot and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  Sedo.com is dominating the chart but that’s for the simple reason they are the only end-user focused marketplace that currently reports sales. I expect Uniregistry to report a gigantic number of sales again soon as they usually do around this time of the year.

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83 newly funded startups and their domain names: Wasabi.com, SilentMode.com, Prefer.com

$316,389,490 in funding was raised by 83 startup companies last week. More than 68% of these companies launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs with a 16% piece of the pie. This is the second week in a row that there’s not a single startup that chose one of the many new domain name extensions. Startups much rather embrace exotic ccTLDs like .co, .io, .tv and .ai or even prefer an old-fashioned .net domain ending when they can’t get or afford the matching .com than launch with a .whatever

I’m happy to share we have some great domain names on this week’s list again.  First of there’s Boston-based cloud storage startup Wasabi. They compete with giants such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft’s Azure and Google’s Cloud Platform.  They are armed with $8.5M in venture funding and the killer, premium domain name Wasabi.com. Then there’s Silentmode, a still to be launched startup that is registered here in Hong Kong and can be found at the matching SilentMode.com domain name. Last, but certainly not least we have Prefer. A California-based startup that connects service professionals and clients through trusted referrals. They use the premium Prefer.com domain name which was first registered in 1995 and seems to have been parked with GoDaddy since 2013.

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Brandable domain name sales week 18: WorldAirways.com, Redex.com, Ampa.com

Another week with a few BIG brandable sales. Most notable was the sale of the expired WorldAirways.com domain name which sold for a whopping $66,000 on GoDaddy auctions. The domain name was the home of World Airways, Inc, an American airline that ceased operations in 2014.  It seems like a lot of money for a domain name investor to pay for a domain name like this, especially since the chances of a future airline naming themselves World Airways seem to be extremely unlikely to me.

Some other notable sales include those of SeaCapital.com and eSoft.com which both sold at Sedo.

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74 newly funded startups and their domain names: Dave.com, Me.me, WorkToday.com

I’m writing this post from the Happy Forest which is the name of the kid’s playground in our hotel in Hualien, Taiwan where we arrived yesterday evening after a five-day road trip throughout the north of the country. I just finished a 3-month consulting project with online fashion retailer Grana so this is our first holiday as a family this year. It’s nice to take a break from it all except of course from publishing this blog. I want to give a shout-out to Candace Cook, a fellow domainer from New York who has been doing a fantastic job helping me compile the weekly list of these startups and their domain names. Thanks to her help I am able to keep publishing these post for you guys. (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 17: BeAmazed.com, Zoko.com, LeadCenter.com

It was a stellar week for brandable domain name sales with nine sales in the five-figure range. The two largest sales were reported by DomainMarket where BeAmazed.com sold for a cool $34,888 and TripleCherry.com fetched an impressive $19,888. An interesting sale was that of Avazu.com which sold for $20,100 at NameJet after the previous owner dropped the domain. The reason for the high price is most likely the fact that there’s a well-fundedglobal advertising company based out of Shanghai with the same name which currently uses the AvazuInc.com domain name.

Some names I like this week include NativeMedia.com, Zoko.com and LeadCenter.com

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49 newly funded startups and their domain names: SafeGraph.com, MortgageHippo.com, Pangara.com

Funding activity was up down significantly from last week as we only saw 49 startup companies raise $98,984,510 in funding. Just over 61% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD claiming the second spot with 12%. The .Co extension is alive and well, making up more than 10% of this week’s list. We only have one single new extension this week which is a .Digital. We are more than 3.5 years into the new gTLD program and it’s safe to say that appetite among startups for the new extensions is pretty much non-existing.

Back to the list which is rather disappointing once again as I struggle to select three domains that are half decent.  The best names are often two-keyword brandables in .com such as SafeGraph.com and MortgageHippo.com or invented names that are short, memorable and easy to pronounce such as Pangara.com. A .co or .io domain can definitely work but only if it’s really short or a nice one-word such as Task.io or Bark.co. If you are going to name your company EngageRocket you better pay up for the .com because going with a two-keyword .co domain, ie EngageRocket.co really is a big mistake in my opinion.

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Brandable domain name sales week 16: ColorStreet.com, VeryLocal.com, RobotRide.com

It was a bit of a slow week for brandable domain name sales this week with only two sales reaching five-figures. The top sale of the week goes to Sedo where ColorStreet.com sold for a cool $16,000. The buyer is Innovative Cosmetic Concept LLC, a US-based premium cosmetics brand. BrandBucket Managing Director Michael Krell shared on today’s DomainSherpa review that he sold VeryLocal.com for $8,995 after purchasing the domain previously for less than $50 on GoDaddy auctions. A very nice flip.

Other domain names I like on this list include Karamel.com, ServiceSquad.com and RobotRide.com

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65 newly funded startups and their domain names: FullHarvest.com, SalesWhale.com, TaskRookie.com

We have a list of 65 startup companies that raised $308,321,160 in funding last week. More than 67% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the second spot with just over 12% of the list. There are four startups that went with one of the many new extensions: one .Care, a .Games, a .Tech and a .Space  – that’s the same amount of companies that launched with a .io domain.

We have a terrible list of domains this week but some domains I still like include those of San Fransisco-based B2B platform Full Harvest which helps growers get the most out of a harvest and food companies save money by bringing farm excess to market. They operate from the matching FullHarvest.com domain name which was previously owned by BuyDomains.com. Then there’s Saleswhale, another Californian startup that built an intelligent sales assistant to help companies handle inbound leads and reignite stale prospects. The matching Saleswhale.com domain name was listed for $2495 on HugeDomains.com according to Archive.org. Last up we have Austrian startup Taskrookie which is an online marketplace to outsource daily tasks to your local community. The company uses their matching .com which seems to be hand registered last year.

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Brandable domain name sales week 15: Unimall.com, MomMade.com, HealthLab.com

It was another strong showing for the brandable category once again. The list below contains a 50/50 mix of both end-user and reseller sales but if it wasn’t for the sales venue if would have been hard to say which of these domain names sold to end-users and which of them to other domain name investors.

Unimall.com, a dropped domain sold for a whopping $20k on DropCatch. The company that previously owned it still owns the .de version of the domain from which they operate their e-commerce business selling utilities to students and teachers. I doubt they will be interested in buying back the .com they previously dropped for $20k+.If it was that valuable to them they wouldn’t have dropped it in the first place IMO.

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