Brandable domain name sales week 50: Arto.com, Cloudo.com, HealthHero.com

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Some great brandable domain name sales this week. The top grossing sale was for Arto.com, a stellar brand name that sold for a fair $12,760 on Sedo. I also really like Cloudo.com, a domain that sold on the new auction platform Ramped.com for $5,500.  Then there’s HealthHero.com. I was bidding for this name up to $2,001 but got outbid and the auction was won by a bidder with the HealthHeroInc alias for $3,005.  I suspect the winner to be the most logical end user, San Fransisco-based health care startup Health Hero which currently is using the GoHealthHero.com domain name.  (more…)

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79 newly funded startups and their domain names: Exclaimer.com, Virteo.com, Pepo.com

A cool $427,869,570 in funding was raised by 79 startup companies last week. More than 63% of them launched using a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs with a solid 17% of the action. We have three startups that went with a new domain extension: Transportation startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies which raised $30m in funding is using Hyperloop.global and both software development company Jinn Inc and on demand IoT maintenance support platform MapSit Technologies went with a .tech domain.

Some domains I like this week include those of New York-based email software business Exclaimer which owns the matching .com domain (and a large number of matching ccTLD). I also like Belgium-based exchange and management platform Virteo as an example of a good invented name. The Virteo.com domain name sold for a very modest $1,050 at Uniregistry in 2015. Last but not least there’s social messaging platform Pepo. It is a new startup headed by Jason Goldberg, a founder that is most known for previous high-profile startups such as Fab.com and Hem.com. Jason clearly has a good taste when it comes to domain names as he managed to get his hands on the matching Pepo.com domain name for his newest venture.

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November domain acquisitions and sales

One year ago I was on a massive buying spree and was closing in on a portfolio size of 1000 domains. Well, what a difference a year makes. Thanks to dropping a large number of speculative investments that I acquired with the Chinese market in mind, my portfolio has now been trimmed down to 575 domains with an almost 100% focus on brandable .com domains. Instead of the hundreds of domains I bought back in November 2015, I only acquired five domain names during November 2016 and had two end-user sales. The main reason I only managed to add a handful of names to my portfolio is because competition for good (and even half decent) brandables has been heating up and reseller prices have been skyrocketing during the past couple of months. My auction platform of choice this year has been GoDaddy Auctions but it has been become increasingly more difficult to win an auction and still make money on the buy. This well-researched thread by NamePros user Arca might explain what is going on.

Here’s a snapshot of my Efty cockpit giving you some insight into my performance as a domain name investor each month. (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 49: BigBall.com, StormForce.com, Singly.com

Rama.com sold for $25,499 on Sedo this week. It’s a fantastic name and terrific brand but it won’t make my list because it’s also a common name, place and one of the avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu. It sold cheaply in my opinion. As for pure brandable sales, as we’re approaching the holiday season, it was a rather slow week with not a single five-figure sale. The top sale was BigBall.com which went for $9,500 at Sedo.

Some names I like on this week’s list include StormForce.com, Singly.com and DocScan.com  (more…)

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84 newly funded startups and their domain names: UpCloud.com, WorkVenture.com, Ytel.com

A whopping $454,072,977 in funding was raised by 84 new startup companies last week. More than 69% of them launched with a .com domain for their address on the web followed by the ccTLDs with a solid 20% of the pie this week.  There’s just one startup that chose one of the new domains: Bengaluru-based emotion recognition startup Entropik has raised $200K in Seed funding from a group of angels and launched on a .space domain name. The company makes software that helps app developers track the emotions and context of their users on the basis of data from their smartphone.

Domain names I like this week are from Helsinki-based cloud hosting company UpCloud which uses the matching UpCloud.com, a domain name they purchased for $100,000 in 2011 at GoDaddy. I also like WorkVenture, a Thailand-based recruiting platform that raised US$420K to match jobseekers to the right jobs using an algorithm. Last but not least, there’s Ytel Inc, a California-based software company that helps businesses communicate to customers and leads by phone, text message, email and direct mail. They own the matching Ytel.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 48: MrLaywer.com, WebCash.com, OneMile.com

The wholesale value for brandable domain names continues to rise. There’s a whole bunch of names on this list that were picked up by investors which makes me wonder how much margin there’s left for a profitable flip when an end-user comes along. I have been consistently outbid for pretty much every name that was on my radar for the last few weeks.

Names I like on this week’s list include MrLaywer.com, WebCash.com and OneMile.com

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57 newly funded startups and their domain names: Noona.com, PartyHype.com, AdventureBox.com

After a big list with some ultra premium domains last week we have a much smaller list with much more average domains for you this week. $172,831,320 was raised by 57 newly funded startups. More than 68% of these companies is using a .com domain for their website with the ccTLD being the second choice with more than 14%. There’s only one startup on the list that chose a new domain extension and that’s Netherlands-based virtual reality gaming company VRee which uses a .world domain name.

Some domain names I like this week include those of Finish medical device startup Noona Healthcare which uses the matching Noona.com. UK based mobile platform Party Hype that seeks to match partygoers with relevant events in real-time and Stockholm-based video game company Adventure Box. which can be found at the matching AdventureBox.com domain.

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Brandable domain name sales week 47: LoveStore.com, MegaCity.com, Consulto.com

I hope everyone in the US had a great Thanksgiving weekend. It was a special weekend for me as well since I had all my five siblings over to visit me and my family here in Hong Kong.  The top grossing brandable sale this week was Tryp.com which went for $12,600 on auction site NameJet. The reason for the high sales price must be that there’s a large, global, hotel brand that goes by the same name. The domain name was first registered in 1996 and recently expired at Network Solutions.

Some names I like on this week’s list are LoveStore.com, MegaCity.com and Consulto.com (more…)

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90 newly funded startups and their domain names: Scroll.com, Kit.com, Price.com

$393,341,880 in funding was raised by 90 new startup companies last week. More than 66% of them launched with a .com domain for their address on the web followed by the ccTLDs with just over 12% of the pie this week.  We have three startups that went with a new domain extension: Hustle (which uses Hustle.life), a text distribution tool that allows organizers to start individual, personalized conversations with huge numbers of supporters, Yours, A blockchain-based social network that uses Yours.network and JSX, a cloud computing futures exchange that can be found at JSX.exchange.

There’s not three but four startups this week that managed to secure an ultra premium .com domain to launch with. First off there’s Scroll which is a startup that promises to create a “sustainable experience that puts amazing content in front of engaged users without all the noise” They launched on the matching Scroll.com domain which was acquired trough domain name brokerage firm Media Options just several weeks ago for $150k. Drew Rosener talks about the acquisition and the sale of the domain name in depth in this recent Domain Sherpa review. Then there is Kit, a NY-based startup that allows users to discover, discuss, and get interesting products. The Kit.com domain name they now own was most recently owned by entrepreneur and domain name investor Michael Gleissner (who’s been mainly in the spotlight for a range of bizarre UDRPs as of late) Then we have Price.com, a California -based startup that saves consumers money by aggregating all available shopping options before they make a purchase.

Last but not least we have Renew.com which is a benefits platform for retirees that has yet to be launched.

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Brandable domain name sales week 46: SocialScreen.com, Liha.com, PayHere.com

I hiked 100 kilometers (62 miles) this weekend. We started walking at 2 pm on Friday and were off to a good start but after 50k, 12 hours into the race, exhaustion and delirium started to set in and several of my teammates developed blisters and another one sprained his ankle. Nonetheless, we soldiered on and our team crossed the finish line of Hong Kong’s 35th Oxfam Trailwaker on Saturday evening, a looooong 32 hours and 6000 cumulative elevation later. To get an impression of the race, a video of the winning team can be seen here.

The week in brandable domain name sales was less wild. There wasn’t a single name that sold in the five-figure range this week. Liha.com went cheap IMO.

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