Brandable domain name sales week 36: NetLife.com, Miho.com, BodyMedia.com

We only saw a single five-figure brandable sale last week but it was a very notable one, fetching a whopping $75,000. That domain name was NetLife.com and the buyer is Netlife Research AS, a Norway-based company that offers web development, branding and several other digital services. The company has already launched a standalone website on the domain name while their main website remains on the NetlifeResearch.com url for now.

Another noticeable sale was that of BodyMedia.com which was a domain name that previously belonged to a medical and consumer technology company called Body Media.  The company developed wearable body monitoring systems and was acquired by Jawbone for an estimated $100 million in 2013. It seems Jawbone neglected to renew the domain name and it was auctioned at GoDaddy after they let it expire. 

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70 newly funded startups and their domain names: Coya.com, Herb.co, ideal.com

It’s not often that I get to hang out with other domain name investors. There’s only a handful of us here in Hong Kong and I get to see those guys maybe a couple of times a year for a dinner or at a conference so I was pretty excited to learn that fellow domainer, blogger and startup founder Morgan Linton was traveling to Hong Kong for some meetings this week.  I met up with Morgan and his wife Daina (who’s also a co-founder and the CEO of the startup they’ve founded, Bold Metrics) for some sushi and sake this afternoon before dropping them off at one of the large computer malls (Morgan, I hope you found what you were looking for!).

There are some great domain names on this week’s list for a change, I particularly like Coya.com (acquired for only $22,500 as reported here by Elliot Silver), Herb.co, ideal.com, and Invoiced.com

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Here’s what brandable investors bought at DropCatch.com in August

It’s no secret that there’s still gold to be found by mining the drop lists with expired domains that are coming up for deletion. It’s also no secret that a small number of industry players catch the vast majority of these gold nuggets that have been mined by an army of worker bees aka the domainer. One of the most successful “drop catchers” out there is DropCatch.com. Since its inception in 2014, the service has managed to beat its rivals to catch some ultra-premium domains such as Bespoke.com, Lian.com, Silverado.com, PDM.com and Daybreak.com.

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77 newly funded startups and their domain names: TimePlay.com, Gabi.com, LetsDoThis.com

Despite the summer period a cool $344,976,540 in funding was raised by 77 startup companies last week. More than 70% of them launched using a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs with a solid 19% of the action. We have just one startup this week that decided to use one of the new domain name extensions. That company is San-Fransisco based SVAcademy which was founded to help Americans break into the tech industry. The company provides an educational program which aims to take individuals from internships to great jobs in tech with starting salary of $60,000. They are using a .Academy domain name to match their name.

Some domain names I like on this weeks list include TimePlay.com, Gabi.com and LetsDoThis.com

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105 newly funded startups and their domain names: Healthy.io, Else.io, Lift.co

I returned to Hong Kong a couple of days ago after spending a few weeks in Finland and France with my family for a vacation. It was a proper holiday in the sense that I kept the number of hours behind the laptop to an absolute minimum. As a result, I skipped last weeks post so this week I’m updating you with a double dose of newly funded start-ups and their domain names. 105 of them received their first funding round during the last two weeks and raised a combined $686,688,148 in venture capital. More than 65% of the companies on this list launched with a .com domain name. The ccTLDs take the number two spot with over 13%. There are three startups that decided on a new domain name extension: .Capital, .Expert and a .Live

I usually pick a few .com domains as my favorite but this week I like to look at two startups that decided to launch with a one-word .io and another one with a one-word .co domain name. I have often shared that I do like .io and .co as a solid alternative for .com especially on short, brandable words. High up on the chart with a significant $12M in funding we find Healthy.io which is delivering health care innovation by turning everyday smartphone cameras into clinical-grade medical devices. Another company that uses a .io domain is Internet of Things startup ELSE, the Else.io domain name, however, forwards to Astrocast.net so I am unsure if the company has gone through a recent rebranding or that ELSE perhaps is a holding company name. Last up is E-commerce start-up Lift.co which claims to be Canada’s leading cannabis media and technology platform.

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Brandable domain name sales week 32: Onco.com, Sonka.com, HappyTimes.com

It was a solid week for brandable domain name sales last week with six sales reaching the five-figure range. DropCatch had the top sale of the week with IgoUgo.com which sold for $30,050. It used to be a popular travel site which was acquired in 2005 and eventually shit down in 2014. It still has some traffic and a large number of quality backlinks, hence the high price.

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61 newly funded startups and their domain names: 17.Media, Wasabi.com, AdWallet.com

I’m writing this post from our holiday home in Cernay-la-Ville, a tiny village in the North-Central region of France where we are currently staying. It’s the first time for my daughter on European soil and we’re enjoying all the space, fresh air, and quietness of the country side. Things most people take for granted but we do not have much of in Hong Kong.

$301,197,190 in funding was raised by 61 startup companies. More than 60% of them launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLD with a strong showing of almost 20%. The new domain name extensions also have a pretty decent presence on this weeks list with five start-ups. The most notable being M17 Entertainment, a live streaming company which raised $40 million dollars and is using 17.Media as its domain name.

The best domain name on the list by far is that of cloud storage startup Wasabi Technologies which uses the premium Wasabi.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 31: GoGirl.com, Miho.com, Sisara.com

The top sale went to NameJet this week where GoGirl.com fetched $22,322. At first instance, I thought it went quite high for a reseller buy but a quick Google search brings up quite a few potential buyers for which the exact match .com would be a great upgrade.  The largest end-user sale seems to be EyeTime.com  which sold for $15,000 at Sedo. The domain name is currently still parked.

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60 newly funded startups and their domain names: Circulation.com, BrandTotal.com, Bitcoin.com.au

Last week, $164,084,100 in capital was raised by 60 new start-up companies. Exactly 70% of them launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs coming in second as usual with just over 11% of the pie.  Three start-ups decided to go to market with a new domain name extension. We have one .Codes, a .One and a .Tech on the list.

Some domain names that I like on this week’s list include those of Boston-based transportation start-up Circulation which uses cutting-edge technology to manage the logistics and transportation throughout healthcare. The company uses the premium exact-match Curculation.com domain name. I also like BrandTotal, a marketing intelligence agency from Tel-Aviv who applies cyber security, machine learning, and AI methodologies to reverse engineer your competition’s marketing strategy. They purchased their matching .com domain name for $2,595 from HugeDomains.com.  Last up we have Australia’s newest authority in Bitcoin. 100% Australian owned and operated in the heart of Melbourne, the company uses the exact match ccTLD Bitcoin.com.au

 

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