83 newly funded startups and their domain names: Linkem.com, Trackforce.com, Eelp.com

I’m writing this post from my hotel in Los Angeles where I landed yesterday ahead of NamesCon which kicks off coming Sunday in Las Vegas.  It will be my second NamesCon and I am very much looking forward to what promises to be another fantastic show! We have a pretty big list for you this week with 83 startup companies that raised $496,946,480 in funding last week. 70% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the second spot with just over 14% of the list. There are four startups on this list that chose one of the new domain names for their address on the web.

Some domains I liked on this list include those of Linkem,  the fastest growing broadband provider in Italy which raised a whopping $105.7M to accelerate their growth.  The company is using the matching Linkem.com domain name. Next up we have California-based Trackforce which is the leading SaaS solution to manage security activities. The company acquired the matching .com for $5,500 via the Uniregistry platform back in 2015. I also kind off like Eelp!, a startup from Barcelona that builds an app to delegate all personal daily needs busy people have. They can be found on the matching Eelp.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 2: Timi.com, GoldenGoal.com, FindFreedom.com

We have a very juicy list for you this week with ten sales in the five-figure range. The top sale was for a very nice CVCV, Timi.com which fetched a cool $40k+ on auction site NameJet. The domain name was first registered in 1999 and was in use by a real estate company for many years before they let it drop. The winner seems to be an individual from Beijing

Other names I like on this list include GoldenGoal.com, FindFreedom.com and Everspire.com. The award for most profitable flip goes to PRTimes.com which was purchased for just $310 on NamJet last summer and just sold for a whopping $20k on Sedo.

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51 newly funded startups and their domain names: FastJet.com, MyDevices.com, Colibo.com

I want to thank everyone that reached out to me offering their help with compiling the weekly list. I have found somebody that will work with me on this moving forward so I am happy to share we can continue publishing this series.  Last week we saw 51 startups kick off the year with a combined $426,856,970 in funding. More than 78% of these companies launched with a .com domain name for their website followed by the ccTLDs with more than 15% of the list. There is not a single startup so far this year that went with a new domain extension.

Some domain names I like on this week’s list include those of Africa’s first pan-continental airline, Fastjet which uses the matching Fastjet.com domain name which was picked up for $1,650 on SnapNames back in 2005. Although it;s a little bit descriptive I also like California-based myDevices,  an online platform that provides its users with personalized IoT solutions from the matching myDevices.com domain name. Last up we have Danish social intranet startup Colibo. The company just raised its first major venture funding. It was me who hand-registered the Colibo.com domain name in 2014 and sold it to them via BrandBucket.com a year later for $2,095

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Brandable domain name sales week 1: MagicSauce.com, MegaDomains.com, iBelong.com

We kick off the year with a very slow week for brandable domain name sales with the top grossing reported sale being MagicSauce.com which sold for $3,550 on GoDaddy auctions on the 5th. More than half of the sales on this week’s list are reseller sales and the most notable thing right now is that am increasing number of brandables that sell in the resell market are starting to go for similar prices as those sold by BuyDomains, a marketplace which selling directly to end-users.

Other domains I like on this list include: Uxmo.com, MegaDomains.com, iBelong.com

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30 newly funded startups and their domain names: InstantPay.in, Adabra.com, Timingg.com,

As expected we have a very small list this week with only 30 startups. Thanks to a monster round of venture funding that was raised by China-based Hsuanzhang, an online financial and tax services provider to small and medium enterprises, a total amount of $54,082,410 in funding was raised by the companies on the list. Exactly 6o% of them launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs who claimed 26% of the list this week.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any domains on the list this week that I really like so not much to comment on that.

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Top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2016

Two years ago I compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales during 2014 which planted the seed for the weekly brandable sales series on the highest, reported brandable domain name sales all throughout 2015 and now 2016.  Based on more than 1000 reported brandables sales during the year I have once again compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2016 and as a bonus here’s a downloadable spreadsheet of the top 1000 sales for the year for further analysis.

The criteria for inclusion in the list are the same as previous years.

  • No numeric domains
  • Dotcom only
  • No 2L & 3L domains (as they are a breed on their own)
  • No one-word dictionary domains (in any language). This means the sale of Hora.com is not included for example as it’s the Spanish word for Hour.
  • Unless a word has an alternative spelling such as No 18 on the list, Humann.com or No 61, Typsy.com
  • No 4-letter acronyms unless they are pronounceable and used as a brand name instead of an acronym (many examples of those on this list!)
  • Two keyword domains can qualify. No 54, BrightEnergy.com, for example, is a brandable domain name while CleanEnergy.com would not have made this list.
  • Variation on words are allowed, such as No 715, Productly.com (none of these in the top 100 this year)

The 100 biggest sales this year account for $3,343,894 in sales compared to $3,168,440 in 2015 and $2,989,652 in 2014. This year it’s top 100 includes only 17 4-letter domain name sales compared to 30 in 2015 and 25 in 2014.

Uniregistry is once again the dominating marketplace with a whopping 49% of all sales in the top 100. Sedo.com is the runner-up, accounting for 28% of sales. Unfortunately, Afternic, GoDaddy, and BrandBucket do not report their sales and sales made via the Efty platform are private unless the seller decides to report a sale to DNJournal or NameBio.

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Brandable domain name sales week 52: Numo.com, Globa.com, SimplyMe.com

Happy New Year guys. I hope everyone had a great break and is looking forward to a productive, healthy and profitable year. I have a great feeling about 2017. Despite the year-end we still saw some strong brandable sales last week, mainly driven by investors who have been bidding up each other at the different auction sites for the past few weeks. There’s been a lot of chatter about the rising prices in the reseller market for brandables both here and on NamePros and some suggested it might have something to do with large portfolio owners such as Hugedomains.com making sure to hit their year-end budget surplus. We will see.

Names I like on this weeks list include Numo.com, Globa.com, SimplyMe.com

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My year in numbers: 154 domains sold, $53,660 in gross sales, 21 end-user sales

As we wrap up 2016 and most of us are looking forward to a new year and make new year resolutions I thought it would be a good exercise to analyze my portfolio it’s performance during this year instead. To get a good picture of any progress made I also compiled all data for the year before.

In 2015 I sold a total of 45 domains for $49,325 of which 23 domains sold to end-users. I only paid $3,920 (try that in today’s market!) to acquire the 45 domains that sold that year but I also paid a whopping $11,102 in commissions and escrow fees on those deals which left me with a profit of $34,302

The average end user sale in 2015 was $1,933 and the annual sell-through ratio of my brandable portfolio that year (based only on end-user sales) was ~4.6% (more…)

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70 newly funded startups and their domain names: GlobalTix.com, ArtFinder.com, Tiz.com

2017 is going to be a lot busier for me than this year has been and I most likely won’t be able to continue publishing this series unless I find somebody to help me with compiling all newly funded startup data and putting the list together once a week. I can try to find someone from Fiverr or Freelancer.com but I prefer to work with someone who understands domains and ideally is passionate about startups too. If that person sounds like you and you can commit ~3 hours/week please contact me. Obviously, this is a paid gig.

Okay, let’s get on with the list: a whopping $429,608,410 in funding was raised by 70 startup companies last week. More than 67% of them launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs who claimed 14% of the list this week. Last week we had five but this week there’s not a single company that uses one of the many new domain extension.

Some domains I like this week are those of Singapore-based e-ticketing platform GlobalTix which uses the matching GlobalTix.com domain name, London-based E-commerce startup Artfinder which is an online marketplace at Artfinder.com for people to discover and buy paintings from international artists and galleries and last but certainly not least there’s Tiz, a startup from Chicago that makes it easier for restaurants and bars to order alcohol and operates from the 3-letter .com Tiz.com domain name.

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