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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82 newly funded startups and their domain names: Upgrade.com, FastFox.com, WordPlay.com

Funding activity was down again this week as we saw 82 startup companies raise $308,293,780 in funding. More than 63% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with a 25% piece of the pie. We have not one, single startup that chose to go to market with one of the new domain name extension this month but we do see two companies making use from the sTLD’s .Coop and .Aero

Some domains I like this week include those of San Fransisco-based Upgrade which is a lending company that offers a credit monitoring through its platform for free. The company recently raised a whopping $60M Series A funding round and owns the ultra-premium Upgrade.com domain name. Then we have India-based home rental startups FastFox. Their website at the matching FastFox.com domain allows home seekers to check pictures and in-depth information about 1000s of real time available properties, schedule house visits and finalize with the landlord.  Last up we have WordPlay, a Pennsylvania-based developer of educational game apps using the matching WorldPlay.com domain name.

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95 newly funded startups and their domain names: Tula.com, LightForm.com, Vida.co.uk

Funding activity was up again for the 2nd week in a row as we tracked 95 startup companies raise $434,139,180 in funding. More than 64% of these startup companies comes to market with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with a 20% piece of the pie. Four startups chose to launch with one of the new domain names. One .Art, one .Care, one .Fund and a .Travel

Some domains I like this week include those of New York-based skincare brand Tula that owns the matching Tula.com domain name which is the Sanskrit word for “balance”. A fantastic CVCV domain sold for just $6,399 on NameJet back in 2008. Then there’s San Fransisco-based Lightform which is the first computer made for projected augmented reality. The startup owns the exact match domain which was first registered all the way back in 1997. Last up we have Vida, a UK company providing a platform at the Vida.co.uk ccTLD which enables users to find carers for themselves and their loved ones. Vida means “life” in Spanish. The Vida.com domain was sold twice on NameJet for ~$50,000 in 2008 en 2013 and later sold by domain name brokerage and investment firm Media Options to a San Fransisco-based healthcare startup for an undisclosed sum.

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60 newly funded startups and their domain names: Pugz.com, Indi.com, Zently.com

Funding activity was up significantly from last week as we tracked 60 startup companies raise $316,683,520 in venture funding. Just over 65% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a distant second again around 20%. The new extensions have two entries on the list this week with one .Exchange and a .Work

Not many domains jumped out to me this week but some name + domain name combos that I kind of like are those of wireless earphones maker Pugz which sells it’s products directly from the matching Pugz.com domain. The best name on the list by miles is that of California-based Indi which is an engagement commerce video platform for brands operating from the very nice indi.com domain name which sold for $22,300 in 2007 on SnapNames and then a few years later for a nice $115,000 via DomainNameSales (Uniregistry market). Last up there’s Zently, another startup from California that is a rental space management solution provider that offers a mobile app to help property renters and owners live in harmony.

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