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.
Here’s this weeks list: (more…)