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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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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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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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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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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74 newly funded startups and their domain names: Dave.com, Me.me, WorkToday.com

I’m writing this post from the Happy Forest which is the name of the kid’s playground in our hotel in Hualien, Taiwan where we arrived yesterday evening after a five-day road trip throughout the north of the country. I just finished a 3-month consulting project with online fashion retailer Grana so this is our first holiday as a family this year. It’s nice to take a break from it all except of course from publishing this blog. I want to give a shout-out to Candace Cook, a fellow domainer from New York who has been doing a fantastic job helping me compile the weekly list of these startups and their domain names. Thanks to her help I am able to keep publishing these post for you guys. (more…)

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49 newly funded startups and their domain names: SafeGraph.com, MortgageHippo.com, Pangara.com

Funding activity was up down significantly from last week as we only saw 49 startup companies raise $98,984,510 in funding. Just over 61% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD claiming the second spot with 12%. The .Co extension is alive and well, making up more than 10% of this week’s list. We only have one single new extension this week which is a .Digital. We are more than 3.5 years into the new gTLD program and it’s safe to say that appetite among startups for the new extensions is pretty much non-existing.

Back to the list which is rather disappointing once again as I struggle to select three domains that are half decent.  The best names are often two-keyword brandables in .com such as SafeGraph.com and MortgageHippo.com or invented names that are short, memorable and easy to pronounce such as Pangara.com. A .co or .io domain can definitely work but only if it’s really short or a nice one-word such as Task.io or Bark.co. If you are going to name your company EngageRocket you better pay up for the .com because going with a two-keyword .co domain, ie EngageRocket.co really is a big mistake in my opinion.

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65 newly funded startups and their domain names: FullHarvest.com, SalesWhale.com, TaskRookie.com

We have a list of 65 startup companies that raised $308,321,160 in funding last week. More than 67% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the second spot with just over 12% of the list. There are four startups that went with one of the many new extensions: one .Care, a .Games, a .Tech and a .Space  – that’s the same amount of companies that launched with a .io domain.

We have a terrible list of domains this week but some domains I still like include those of San Fransisco-based B2B platform Full Harvest which helps growers get the most out of a harvest and food companies save money by bringing farm excess to market. They operate from the matching FullHarvest.com domain name which was previously owned by BuyDomains.com. Then there’s Saleswhale, another Californian startup that built an intelligent sales assistant to help companies handle inbound leads and reignite stale prospects. The matching Saleswhale.com domain name was listed for $2495 on HugeDomains.com according to Archive.org. Last up we have Austrian startup Taskrookie which is an online marketplace to outsource daily tasks to your local community. The company uses their matching .com which seems to be hand registered last year.

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