Brandable domain name sales week 22: Zore.com, Bitwala.com, LoveTime.com

It is the first time in a while that we have a list without any five-figure sales on it. Some interesting sales nonetheless, starting off with Zore.com which sold on Sedo.com for $7,700 (and $2,550 the year prior). The buyer seems to be a Chinese domain name investor and not Zore, the startup that has built a smart gun lock and currently uses the new domain extension Zore.life. This seems like a missed opportunity for the Jerusalem-based startup that could have bought their matching .com for less than $10k but most likely has to fork out a lot more if they want to purchase the domain in the future.  Another interesting sale was that of Bitwala.com which was an expired domain name auction at GoDaddy. If you wonder why bidding went all the way up to $7,302, it is because there’s an established, global blockchain-based payment service provider named Bitwala which currently operates from the Bitwala.io domain name.  It is too early to see who won the auction and the current owner might still be able to renew the domain name.

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81 newly funded startups and their domain names: Acko.com, GameMine.com, Gixo.com

$358,385,600 in funding was raised by 81 new startup companies last week. More than 79% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being a very distant second with 7.4%.  We have two startups on the list that went with a new domain extension for their companies: Paris-based finance education platform InvestiGroup which went with Investi.Group and Infonesia, an Indonesian knowledge sharing platform which can be found at Infonesia.fyi

Some domain names that I like on this list include those of Acko General Insurance which is an upcoming general insurance company in India that just raised a cool $30M to disrupt India’s insurance industry through a digital-only model. The matching Acko.com domain name seems to be acquired from brandable domain name marketplace Brandroot.com where the domain name was listed with a $23,498 price tag. I also like Los Angeles-based mobile game publisher GameMine which is using the matching GameMine.com domain name. Historial sales data shows the domain name was purchased for $596 on GoDaddy Auctions in 2016 and flipped a few months later for $3,400 at Sedo.  A profitable flip but considering the company just raised $20M in funding you can argue that the seller most likely left money on the table. Last up there’s San Fransisco-based Gixo which offers motivational, professional coaches teaching live classes to people of all fitness levels in all locations with the goal of making exercise more accessible in people’s busy lives. The company can be found at the matching Gixo.com domain name.

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The Brandable Insider: 10 decent reseller sales for $500 or less

I think it’s safe to say that 2017 has been the year in which we really saw reseller prices for brandable domain names skyrocket in the aftermarket.  When I started out investing in domain names four years ago I was able to grab domain names such as Obria.com (sold for $4,696), FoxPaw.com (sold for $3,500) and LaunchMonster.com (sold for $ 3,795) for $69 or less. More often than not I was the only bidder on these type of names and even on the better names, the competition wasn’t as fierce as it is today. I won the Efty.com domain name for only $203 on NameJet in the summer of 2013.  In domain name investing the money is often made on the buy so my question this week is; are there still good deals to be made in the aftermarket? Below are 10 recent purchases (all from the last 30-days) that I believe are smart pickups by investors, leaving enough money for a profitable flip. All data is courtesy of our friends over at NameBio. (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 21: Leem.com, CryptoGold.com, CreditCoin.com

It was an incredibly strong week for brandable domain name sales again with six sales reaching five-figures. The top sale goes to Sedo once again where Leem.com sold for a cool $30,000. The domain name isn’t in use yet but the buyer seems to be a company from Saudi Arabia. Two other notable end-user sales, both at Sedo, are CryptoGold.com for $19,000 and CreditCoin.com for $7,728.

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71 newly funded startups and their domain names: Huya.com, Rubica.com, eVote.com

$387,742,400 in funding was raised by 71 new startup companies last week. More than 70% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being a distant second with 14% of the pie.  We have two startups on the list that went with a new domain extension for their companies: legal artificial intelligence company Lari is on a .Digital domain and India-based e-commerce company Elize went with a .Club domain name.

Some domain names that I like on this week’s list include those of Huya.com which is China’s leading interactive broadcast platform. The company just raised a staggering $75 million in funding.  It has become very common for start-ups, especially when they are consumer facing, to name their company with a first name.  That’s why I also like California-based cyber security startup Rubica who operates from the matching Rubica.com domain name.  Last, but certainly not least there’s eVote, a startup still in beta that promises to make it easier for companies to gather feedback and votes. The eVote.com domain name was first registered in 1995 and used to be a developed site related to politics until 2007.

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The Brandable Insider: 10 companies that bought a great .com brand for $10k or less.

I have been publishing a weekly list with newly funded startups and their domain names for almost two and a half years now and since the very first post, the reader comments have often been regarding the poor domain name choices these startups make. From hyphenated domains to strange pre or suffixes, domain hacks, and second class TLDs, we’ve seen it all over the years. But it isn’t always bad. I am usually able to find at least a handful of companies that chose a nice brand name and managed to register or acquire the matching .com.  The reason many startups start out with a terrible domain name is often that the matching.com is already taken and in use or it is considered too much of an expense to acquire. With this post, I want to show that yes, it is possible to come up with a great name for your company AND acquire the matching .com domain name for $10,000 or less.  (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 20: TravelHacker.com, Mepo.com, WeTube.com

It was a bit a bit of a slower week for brandable domain name sales as we saw only two sales reaching five figures. Those names were Fasi.com which changed hands on NameJet for $11,100 and TravelHacker.com, an expired domain name from 1999 that went for exactly $10k on GoDaddy Auctions. Before you wonder why a two-keyword brandable would sell for that much you have to understand what “travel hacking” is all about. It is best described as the art of collecting frequent flier points and miles to get free flights, hotels, tours, and more. Many people do it and many people search for travel hacks online.

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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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