82 newly funded startups and their domain names: Upgrade.com, FastFox.com, WordPlay.com

Funding activity was down again this week as we saw 82 startup companies raise $308,293,780 in funding. More than 63% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with a 25% piece of the pie. We have not one, single startup that chose to go to market with one of the new domain name extension this month but we do see two companies making use from the sTLD’s .Coop and .Aero

Some domains I like this week include those of San Fransisco-based Upgrade which is a lending company that offers a credit monitoring through its platform for free. The company recently raised a whopping $60M Series A funding round and owns the ultra-premium Upgrade.com domain name. Then we have India-based home rental startups FastFox. Their website at the matching FastFox.com domain allows home seekers to check pictures and in-depth information about 1000s of real time available properties, schedule house visits and finalize with the landlord.  Last up we have WordPlay, a Pennsylvania-based developer of educational game apps using the matching WorldPlay.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 14: Tini.com, Bitcoinr.com, Mooh.com

It was another strong week for brandable domain name sales with once again, a CVCV domain leading the charts. The auction for the Tini.com domain name was won by a Chinese investor. If you’re in the market for CVCV domains or any other type of great brandable domain please subscribe to our weekly auction newsletter. We send out the first newsletter last week and the feedback has been great.

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95 newly funded startups and their domain names: Tula.com, LightForm.com, Vida.co.uk

Funding activity was up again for the 2nd week in a row as we tracked 95 startup companies raise $434,139,180 in funding. More than 64% of these startup companies comes to market with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with a 20% piece of the pie. Four startups chose to launch with one of the new domain names. One .Art, one .Care, one .Fund and a .Travel

Some domains I like this week include those of New York-based skincare brand Tula that owns the matching Tula.com domain name which is the Sanskrit word for “balance”. A fantastic CVCV domain sold for just $6,399 on NameJet back in 2008. Then there’s San Fransisco-based Lightform which is the first computer made for projected augmented reality. The startup owns the exact match domain which was first registered all the way back in 1997. Last up we have Vida, a UK company providing a platform at the Vida.co.uk ccTLD which enables users to find carers for themselves and their loved ones. Vida means “life” in Spanish. The Vida.com domain was sold twice on NameJet for ~$50,000 in 2008 en 2013 and later sold by domain name brokerage and investment firm Media Options to a San Fransisco-based healthcare startup for an undisclosed sum.

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Brandable domain name sales week 13: Dova.com, Yasa.com, Mutu.com

It’s not hard to see where the money is these days when it comes to brandables: CVCV .com domains. They have been dominating the charts now for weeks with both end-user sales as well as reseller sales. Dova.com sold on Sedo.com for a cool $32,025 and also the two runner ups are CVCV .coms that sold on Sedo for amounts well into the five figures. Mutu.com was purchased for $10,000 in January this year at Sedo and just sold for $17,500 again at Sedo. Not a bad return for a 2.5-month hold!

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60 newly funded startups and their domain names: Pugz.com, Indi.com, Zently.com

Funding activity was up significantly from last week as we tracked 60 startup companies raise $316,683,520 in venture funding. Just over 65% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a distant second again around 20%. The new extensions have two entries on the list this week with one .Exchange and a .Work

Not many domains jumped out to me this week but some name + domain name combos that I kind of like are those of wireless earphones maker Pugz which sells it’s products directly from the matching Pugz.com domain. The best name on the list by miles is that of California-based Indi which is an engagement commerce video platform for brands operating from the very nice indi.com domain name which sold for $22,300 in 2007 on SnapNames and then a few years later for a nice $115,000 via DomainNameSales (Uniregistry market). Last up there’s Zently, another startup from California that is a rental space management solution provider that offers a mobile app to help property renters and owners live in harmony.

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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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