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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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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67 newly funded startups and their domain names: Capital.com, Workato.com, LuggageHero.com

We have a list of 67 new companies that raised $290,506,890 in funding last week. More than 71% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the usual runner up spot with a little over 13% of the list. There are three startups that chose to launch with one of the many new extensions: a .Coop and two .Tech

I’m glad to see some quality domain names back on the list after a couple of meager weeks. First and foremost we have fintech company Capital.com which operates a mobile trading app that allows its customers to invest in various financial instruments with the use of AI. The startup raised a cool $25M in funding and uses the ultra-premium Capital.com domain name. Next up we have workflow automation startup Workato. I like this as a strong invented brand name that is easy to say and spell. It looks like the company was able to hand-register the matching Workato.com domain name when they launched back in 2013. Last up we have LuggageHero, a luggage storage startup from Denmark that offers left luggage services to travelers using local shops. I’ve written about the use of the Hero suffix in two-keyword brands a couple of weeks ago.

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74 newly funded startups and their domain names: TrueSpeed.com, ClearBallot.com, OneDome.com

We have a list of 74 startup companies that raised $525,015,230 in funding last week. Almost 69% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the usual runner up spot with over 13% of the list. There are four startups that went with one of the many new extensions: one .Bio, a .Solutions, a .Wine and a .Xyz.

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56 newly funded startups and their domain names: YourFeed.com, Bonivo.com, TakeoutKit.com

The summer holiday is making it impacts as we have a  pretty small list this week with just 56 startup companies that raised a combined $324,022,950 in venture funding last week. 57% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLDs as a very strong second choice with a little over 28% this week. We have two startups on this weeks list that are using a new gTLD, one .Live and a .Xyz

I struggled to pick a few domain names on this weeks list that I really liked but some that are not bad include London-based yourfeed which is a social media and networking platform to connect brands with fans on the matching yourfeed.com domain name. Another name I like is from California-based consulting company Bonivo which serves blue chip in their digital transformation. This is a good example of a pure invented name, the type a new company can easily find and buy in the $2,500 range from a brandable domain name marketplace such as BrandBucket or BrandRoot.com.

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67 newly funded startups and their domain names: Muso.com, Pray.com, FashionTrade.com

The summer is causing things to slow down a bit in venture capital land as we only saw $255,651,880 in capital raised by 7867 new startups companies. Over 76% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being a very distant second with a share of almost 9%.  After an absence of three weeks, the new domain name extensions made a bit of a comeback this week with three entries on the list including a .Horse domain name!

Despite a rather small list there definitely are a few companies who launched with a great domain name. First, there’s MUSO, A UK-based software company that provides anti-piracy solutions for enterprises. The matching Muso.com was acquired for just $7,915 from Afternic in 2008. Next up we have a California-based startup with the ultra premium domain name Pray.com, the private social networking company describes itself as “a website and mobile app that helps people live with purpose and connect with faith”. Since there isn’t any public sales data on the Pray.com domain name sale I did a bit of research and found this interesting Q&A in which one of the founders of the company shares how they were able to get their hands on such a valuable domain name. He says the sales price was comparable to that of Bible.com but I am unaware of any public sales data on that domain name either. Last up there is Dutch retail startup FashionTrade which is an online fashion marketplace operating at FashionTrade.com where brands and retailers can connect and do their wholesale business online.

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78 newly funded startups and their domain names: Soldo.com, WonderSchool.com, CleanCapital.com

Last week, a whopping $502,733,190 in startup capital was raised by 78 new companies. Over 73% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being a strong second again with a share of more than 19%.  For the third week in a row, there is not a single startup on the list that decided to use a new domain name extension. In fact, more startups launched with a .ai domain in Q2 this year than all new domain name extensions combined. Just think about that.

Not many great domain names on the list this week but some I do like include those of UJ-based fintech company Soldo which operates from the matching .com. A nice, short and memorable invented name. I also like California-based Wonderschool which offers a platform where people can start infant and toddler programs and preschools out of their own homes. The startup purchased the matching .com domain from BuyDomains for $1,900 earlier this year. My favorite name this week is that of CleanCapital, a financial technology company from New York that makes it easy to invest in clean energy.

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79 newly funded startups and their domain names: MoneyTap.com, Make.tv, Lanla.com

Last week, $265,570,900 in venture capital was raised by 79 new startup companies. More than 67% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being a strong second again with a stake of almost 19%.  For the second week in a row, there is not a single startup on the list this week that decided to use a new domain name extension.

Some domain names that I like on this week’s list include those of Bangalore, India-based MoneyTap which is the countries first app-based credit line. The MoneyTap.com sold for just $305 on GoDaddy auctions in 2014 according to NameBio. I also like Make.tv, a Seatle-based SaaS provider for TV stations and publishers that reinvent content acquisition and discovery for live mobile video production. The matching Make.tv works very well in my opinion. Last up, I also like Lanla, a customer research platform based in Canada which just raised its first round of financing.

 

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66 newly funded startups and their domain names: Riversand.com, Armis.com, CarFirst.com

$382,620,830 in funding was raised by 66 new startup companies last week. More than 68% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being a strong second with almost 20%.  There is not a single startup on the list this week that decided to launch with one of the new domain name extensions.

Not a great list of domain names this week but some I do like include those of Riversand Technologies, a Texas-based Master Data Management (MDM) and a Product Information Management (PIM) company which raised $35m in Series A funding. I also like IoT security company Armis raises which raised $17m and is using the matching Armis.com domain name. Armis is Latin for “by force and arms.” Last up there’s CarFirst which is a first of its kind one-stop shop at Carfirst.com to sell your car with no hassle in Pakistan.

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75 newly funded startups and their domain names: Outcome.com, Zenlayer.com, Rigado.com

A mind-boggling $650,801,510  in funding was raised by 75 new startup companies last week. Over 68% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being a solid second choice with 14%+ share.  We have two startups on the list that are using a new domain extension for their companies: Delhi-based Image processing company Wowflux Labs which launched on the Instaclick.studio domain name and RenovoDerm, a medical device company building a line of wound care products that is using Renovoderm.tech

Some domain names that I like on this list are those of Chicago-based Outcome Health, a healthcare startup that delivers better health outcomes and impacts the human condition positively through technology. The company was formerly known as ContextMedia and rebranded as Outcome Health in January this year. As James Iles over at NamePros reported the company spent $3,488 to acquire OutcomeHealth.com from the BuyDomains marketplace before acquiring the ultra premium Outcome.com domain name which is currently being forwarded to OutcomeHealth.com. Less impressive as a domain name but not as a brand is global connection platform Zenlayer, a Los Angeles-based company founded in 2014 that just raised $10m in funding. The Zenlayer.com domain was previously listed on HugeDomains with a $2,495 price tag. Last up we have Rigado, a startup that provides low power wireless solutions for IoT and experienced engineering services. I like the name because it’s easy to remember, spell and pronounce and it has a nice ring to it. This is very basic stuff but as you can see from our weekly list many startups fail this basic task when it comes to domain names.

 

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