65 newly funded startups and their domain names: Gavl.com, MyStrength.com

This week, we have 65 startups raising a total of $821,044,122. It’s no surprise that a biosciences company, Harmony Biosciences, led the funding rounds with $270 million in Venture funding.  Harmony’s goal is to provide new treatment options for patients with central nervous system disorders. 64% of the 65 startups launched with a .com domain name, while 30% of them chose a country code top level domain. Other than these, we have one .tech (MinionLabs.Tech), one .ventures (Grateful.Ventures), and one .xyz (Dropit.xyz). Kudos to .xyz for making this week’s list.

Let’s talk about Gavl.com! The name is used by the real estate auction company, Gavl. And this name works extremely well for the company because of the significance of gavels in closing auction bids. And I dare say that the misspelling is still memorable. Next up, especially after the $1.2M sale of MyWorld.com, we’ll highlight MyStrength.com. The domain sold for $10k on Sedo back in 2011. And the company, MyStrength provides both mental and physical services to help people with mental disorders.

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72 newly funded startups and their domain names: Fluidly.com, Klue.com, Moodle.com

$750,525,140 was raised by 72 start-up companies last week. Vxchnge, a company that operates a network of data centers throughout the US, led the funding rounds with $200 million in Venture funding. As always, most of the startups (68% of them) chose to launch with a .com domain name, with 29% of them choosing a ccTLD. This week, we have two new gTLDs, a .games (teatime.games), and a .tech (Jala.tech)

Yet another week of struggling to find category-killer domain names to highlight in our title. However, we must carry on with a few other domain names that work well. The -ly suffix was extremely popular among startups for a few years. Although that phase is coming to an end, we have Fluidly on this weeks list. The domain works since fluidly is a dictionary adverb denoting the idea of something that is not rigid. And truly, this idea is related to the company’s goals of managing and rethinking the way businesses manage their cash flow.  Next up, we have Klue, a company that seeks to provide intelligence information (give a clue) about a business’ competitors. Klue.com was first registered in 1999, and is a great brandable domain name, as Klue is quite the popular misspelling of Clue. Next, we’ll honorably mention the open source learning platform, Moodle. As a former teacher, I’m relatively certain I used Moodle a couple of years ago for course management. Back then, I was told that ‘Moodle’ was a misspelling of ‘Doodle’; however, ‘MOODLE’ is apparently a tech-term for “Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.”

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101 newly funded startups and their domain names: TenFour.com, ClearCover.com, Ryte.com

A whopping $896,602,930 was raised by 101 start-up companies in the last week. Of these, Shenzhen based transport and logistics  YH Global, led the funding rounds by raising RMB1.2 billion (US$182 million) in Series A funding. Approximately  76% of this week’s startups chose a .com domain name, with 23% of them choosing to use a ccTLD. As for the new gTLD’s; we have a .global (Good2Go.global), a .live (Carson.Live), and a .life (odoc.life)

Honestly, I would have loved to see some great liquid domains and/or some one-word .com domains on this week’s list, but I understand that these are quite expensive for new startups.  After searching arduously through the list for domains to highlight in the title, the first name I went with was TenFour.com. The domain sold on SnapNames for $11,250 back in 2006, and Ten Four is an IT infrastructure company headquartered in New Jersey. ClearCover.com also stood out to me because of the alliteration. Clearcover is an insurance tech company out of Chicago, who claims to have a new approach to doing car insurance. Lastly, we have Ryte.com, a domain name first registered in 1999, and may have been sold on Afternic sometime in 2016. The company, Ryte, previously known as OnPage.org,  is a digital monitoring and optimization company.

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91 newly funded startups and their domain names: Ve.com, Kudos.com, Kolos.com

BOOM! $1,019,118,360 in fresh capital was raised by 91 start-up companies in the last week. This record-breaking number is mainly caused by a $500 million series A round in Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare, a medical imaging equipment developer. The round values United Imaging at RMB33 billion (US$5 billion) post-money, allowing the firm to join the ever-growing list of Chinese unicorns. The company uses the hyphenated United-Imaging.com domain name since the direct match .com is developed by a US-based company selling office supplies.

More than 72% of the startups on this list launched with a .com domain name followed by the ccTLDs who claim 14% of the pie this week.

Some domain names I like on this list include those of Adtech company Ve Global which operates from the swanky 2-letter Ve.com domain name. The domain name was previously owned by domain name investor Aron Meystedt as reported by Elliot Silver here but is not clear if he sold the domain name to the London-based startup.  Another killer domain is Kudos.com, which is in use by California-based Kudos&Co which describes itself as an entertainment company that offers a safer social sharing experience for kids. Last up there’s Kolos, a yet-to-be-built data center in Norway which will be the largest green data center in the world with 100% of its energy powered by hydropower. They managed to acquire the matching Kolos.com domain name which was first registered in 1998 and in use by some Ukrainian webshop for many years.

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70 newly funded startups and their domain names: TraceMe.com, SkiSolutions.com, DataCubes.com

$343,618,080 in funding was raised by 70 new startup companies last week. More than 67% of these companies launched with a .com domain name with the ccTLDs being the usual runner up with almost 13% of the pie.  There are two companies that launched with a new domain name extension this week, RegTek.Solutions and Gooseberry.store

The overall quality of the domain names on this week is rather poor, to say the least, but a few domain names that aren’t too bad are TraceMe.com, SkiSolutions.com, and DataCubes.com (domain name investor Brad Mugford operates from DataCube.com)

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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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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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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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