Brandable domain name sales week 12: Fotopedia.com, TheTourist.com, CleanCloud.com

It was another great week for brandable domain name sales once again with five sales in the five-figure range. The biggest sale was the previous developed and dropped Fotopedia.com domain that was caught and auctioned by DropCatch (who else?). The winning bid was a whopping $20k+. Fotopedia was a popular photo encyclopedia founded by former Apple executives in 2008 which raised more than $11m in funding but which was shut down in 2014. The site still has almost 200k backlinks and receives an estimated 15 to 20k visitors a month which is most likely the reason for the high price it went for on DropCatch.

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69 newly funded startups and their domain names: CarSwitch.com, Correlate.com, OptionSpace.com

We have a list of 69 startup companies that raised $232,815,460 in funding last week. More than 72% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the second spot with just over 10% of the list. There are three startups that went with one of the new extensions: one .Solutions, a .Space and a .Vision

Some domains I like this week include those of the Dubai-based used car marketplace CarSwitch which can be found at the matching CarSwitch.com. Then we have Oslo-based productivity tool Correlate which provides a single place to map out, visualize, share and control online files across your cloud drives. The company operates from the premium Correlate.com domain which easily is the best domain name on the list this week.  Last up we have optionspace, a Berlin startups that is operating an online booking platform for flexible office spaces. Think AirBnB for offices. They can be found at the matching OptionSpace.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 11: MoreMoney.com, Snappa.com, CoinGeek.com

It was another terrific week for brandable domain name sales with five five-figure sales. The top sale goes to MoreMoney.com which sold for a cool $67,000 on domain marketplace Afternic but the sale with the most interesting story is definitely Snappa.com which was acquired as a domain upgrade by SaaS startup Snappa which was previously operating from the Snappa.io domain. Co-founder Christopher Gimmer wrote a very detailed blog post explaining why they wanted to upgrade to the matching .com and how the negotiations and acquisition of the domain name went down. I do disagree with Christopher his closing thoughts that “your preferred domain name will always be there waiting for you when the time is right.”. My advice for startups is to always try and acquire the matching .com before you launch and not once you have a viable business up and running because you will often find yourself presented with an inflated price tag for the domain.

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78 newly funded startups and their domain names: Garrison.com, Endor.com, Current.com

Funding activity was down a bit last week as we tracked 78  startups raise $264,541,810 in venture funding. As usual, the vast majority of these new companies launched with a .com address, 75%.  The ccTLD claimed the second spot again with a little over 11% of the pie. There are four startups that went with one of the new extensions: one .Clinic, a .Blue and two .Club’s

Some domains I like this week include those of the London-based cybersecurity firm Garrison Technology which owns the prestigious exact match Garrison.com address. Then we have Tel Aviv-based predictive software platform Endor that lets business users ask any predictive question and get high-quality results in minutes instead of months. The Endor.com domain was picked up for just $515 on NameJet back in 2014.  Last but not least we have Current, a financial technology company that provides collaborative banking solutions and does so from the ultra=premium Current.com domain. The domain name used to be developed in what seems to be some sort of video news site in a previous life.

 

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Brandable domain name sales week 10: WebCity.com, JobNinja.com, Arivo.com

It was another strong week for brandable domain name sales with five sales in the five-figure range. The top of the list is dominated by what seem to be mainly reseller sales. Someone forked out a whopping $15k+ to be the new owner of the dropped WebCity.com domain. A somewhat old school and dated sounded term in my opinion. The only true end-user sale in the top five looks to be JobNinja.com which is already in use for what seems to be a German, Tinder like, job-search app.

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64 newly funded startups and their domain names: WorkJam.com, LocusLabs.com, PR.co

Funding activity was up significantly from last week as we tracked 64 startups raise $336,362,910 in venture funding. The number of companies which launched with a .com address is down a bit with 59% this week and the ccTLDs claimed the usual second spot with 19% of the pie. We have four startups that chose to launch with a new domain name extensions: .Care, .Careers, .City and one .Online

Some name + domain name combos that I like this week are those of Canada-based WorkJam which is an enterprise software that allows way to communicate with employees who aren’t sitting at a desk such as shift-based and hourly workers. I also like San-Fransisco based LocusLabs which provides an indoor location platform enabling applications across mobile, IoT and robotics. Last but certainly not least we have Pr.co which is a public relations toolkit based out of Amsterdam that enables users to create pressrooms, publish press releases, and pitch them to media contacts.

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Brandable domain name sales week 9: NatureLab.com, Reja.com, Motivo.com

There has been a lot of talks lately about rising reseller prices and more recently a decreasing (or flattening) demand from end users. I have had a slow start of the year myself with just one single end-user sale but my portfolio is too small to properly represent the entire brandable market so I decided to look at the top 20 sales from exactly one year ago and with an average sales price of $6,950 per domain name it is only slightly higher than this week’s average sales price of $6,351 per domain. A question I have been asking myself lately is if it isn’t more profitable in the current market to sell a portion of one’s brandable portfolio in the reseller market for today’s prices instead of holding for end-user sales with a 2 to 5% sell-through rate annually.

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68 newly funded startups and their domain names: SocialAcademy.com, FriendBase.com, Requestify.com

Funding activity was down significantly last week as we tracked 68 startups raise $162,473,860 in venture funding. As usual, the vast majority of these new companies launched with a .com address, 70%.  The ccTLD claimed the second spot again with a little over 10% of the pie. There are two startups that chose to launch with one of the new extensions: one .Global and a .World

There aren’t any exceptional domain names to be seen on this weeks list but some I like are those from Social Academy, an Italy-based platform for people to discover learning opportunities at SocialAcademy.com.  I also like virtual chat application Friendbase and Oslo-based Requestify which makes it possible to request songs during social events. Both own the matching .com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 8: Zome.com, PureFood.com, Vibrand.com

It was a very strong week for brandable domain name sales with five sales in the five-figure range. The top grossing sale is that of Zome.com, a nice CVCV which went for $14,000 at Sedo.com where the seller had it parked with a For-Sale landing page. The domain purefood.com sold for $11,000 at Flippa for an increase of 51%. It last sold for $7,300 on July 30th, 2016 at GoDaddy. A very nice return in under 7 months. I sold Vibrand.com for $4,500 after receiving a $750 openings offer via an Efty For-Sale landing page. I acquired the name for $558 on NameJet back in 2013 and used the domain to showcase my domain portfolio for a couple of years.

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72 newly funded startups and their domain names: MsParis.com, MealPal.com, WireTap.com

Thanks to a monster round of Series A funding by Singapore-based data center AirTrunk the total amount of funding raised was up significantly from last week again as we saw 72 startup companies raise $650,917,840 in cash. More than 61% of these startups launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with almost 22%. The new extensions have four entries on the list this week: One .Global, a .Land, a .Lat and one .Tech

Some name + domain name combos that I like this week are those of Chinese online fashion rental company Ms Paris which can be found at the matching MsParis.com address.  I also like New York-based MealPal, a subscription service that provides members with affordable daily lunch options from restaurants near where they live or work. Last but not least we have cybersecurity startups WireTap, a company that interfaces with social networks to allow companies to safely grow, learn from and secure their social interactions. According to NameBio the WireTap.com domain name first sold for $5,301 on Sedo in 2011, then for $14,100 on NameJet in 2015 and most recently for $20,000 via Uniregistry last year.

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