68 newly funded startups and their domain names: SocialAcademy.com, FriendBase.com, Requestify.com

Funding activity was down significantly last week as we tracked 68 startups raise $162,473,860 in venture funding. As usual, the vast majority of these new companies launched with a .com address, 70%.  The ccTLD claimed the second spot again with a little over 10% of the pie. There are two startups that chose to launch with one of the new extensions: one .Global and a .World

There aren’t any exceptional domain names to be seen on this weeks list but some I like are those from Social Academy, an Italy-based platform for people to discover learning opportunities at SocialAcademy.com.  I also like virtual chat application Friendbase and Oslo-based Requestify which makes it possible to request songs during social events. Both own the matching .com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 8: Zome.com, PureFood.com, Vibrand.com

It was a very strong week for brandable domain name sales with five sales in the five-figure range. The top grossing sale is that of Zome.com, a nice CVCV which went for $14,000 at Sedo.com where the seller had it parked with a For-Sale landing page. The domain purefood.com sold for $11,000 at Flippa for an increase of 51%. It last sold for $7,300 on July 30th, 2016 at GoDaddy. A very nice return in under 7 months. I sold Vibrand.com for $4,500 after receiving a $750 openings offer via an Efty For-Sale landing page. I acquired the name for $558 on NameJet back in 2013 and used the domain to showcase my domain portfolio for a couple of years.

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The Brandable Insider: The Secret Path to Profits (Part II)

“Don’t be romantic about your domains. Don’t fall in love with them. You’re not a collector of domain names, you’re an investor.”Michael Cyger at DNAcademy

Last week we talked about money management and its crucial impact on our success as domainers. Small changes in money management can make or break our business. One of the biggest mistakes we make as domainers is renewing domains that have little chance of selling in the next one or two years.

If you had zero end user sales last year then renewals will likely take you further into the hole. If you had a few sales then renewals can still significantly erode your profits. So it’s a fine line to walk.
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72 newly funded startups and their domain names: MsParis.com, MealPal.com, WireTap.com

Thanks to a monster round of Series A funding by Singapore-based data center AirTrunk the total amount of funding raised was up significantly from last week again as we saw 72 startup companies raise $650,917,840 in cash. More than 61% of these startups launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a strong second with almost 22%. The new extensions have four entries on the list this week: One .Global, a .Land, a .Lat and one .Tech

Some name + domain name combos that I like this week are those of Chinese online fashion rental company Ms Paris which can be found at the matching MsParis.com address.  I also like New York-based MealPal, a subscription service that provides members with affordable daily lunch options from restaurants near where they live or work. Last but not least we have cybersecurity startups WireTap, a company that interfaces with social networks to allow companies to safely grow, learn from and secure their social interactions. According to NameBio the WireTap.com domain name first sold for $5,301 on Sedo in 2011, then for $14,100 on NameJet in 2015 and most recently for $20,000 via Uniregistry last year.

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Brandable domain name sales week 7: UltraCast.com, WeTube.com, Convertly.com

We have some interesting sales to report this week in the brandable-sphere. BrandBucket’s Managing Director Michael Krell shared on this week’s episode of the DomainSherpa review that the aged domain name UltraCast.com sold for a cool $14,995 on BrandBucket. Another interesting sale was that of Convertly.com which sold for $6,000 on Flippa. Brandsly.com owner Wenjie Jiang shared on NamePros that she sold the domain name for $4,500 last year and that the new owner put the domain name up for sale again after he sold his business and therefore no longer needed the domain name which he originally acquired for rebranding purposes.

Other domain names I like on this week’s list include: WeTube.com, Partly.com, BitVest.com and DealSpot.com

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The Brandable Insider: The Secret Path to Profits

“Domaining is a hard industry, very few make money but many like to pretend that they do.”Morgan Linton, Co-founder of Fashion Metric

I like to play poker. No-Limit Hold’em to be precise. But I’m an average player and I don’t play very often. However, despite my shortcomings, over the past 10 years, I’ve won more money than I’ve lost. How can I say that? Because I have an Excel spreadsheet to prove it.

What’s the secret to my success? Well that’s easy. Smart money management. Huh? Let me explain.

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79 newly funded startups and their domain names: GlobalShares.com, ShelfEngine.com, Pilot.co

Funding activity was up significantly from last week as we tracked 79 startup companies raise $381,357,700 in venture funding. Just over 74% of these startup companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD coming in as a distant second again around 11%. The new extensions have two entries on the list this week with one .Media and a .Space.

Nothing really jumped out to me this week but some name + domain name combos that I kind of like are those of Irish financial consulting services company Global Shares which uses the exact match GlobalShares.com domain name, Seattle-based Shelf Engine which builds a powerful prediction engine that recommends retailers what to order everyday and last but not least we have Pilot, which is a marketplace on Pilot.co where companies hire contract developers and designers.

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Guest post: My first year as a BrandBucket “seller”

BrandBucket is the leading brandable domain marketplace in the world today. Building a portfolio there can be an exciting proposition, particularly for newer domainers who have no experience selling domain names.

It’s not easy, though; and is by no means a guarantee of success.

I’d like to take you through my first year of experience with BrandBucket, in the hopes that you can use my lessons to get ahead of the learning curve and eventually find your own success with this great marketplace.

First, some things about me:

  • I’m Canadian
  • I’ve been actively domaining (part-time) for one year
  • I have no marketable, professional skills related to domains, web development, graphic design, marketing, business development… you get the picture

What I do bring to my domaining pursuits are a love of words and writing, a sharp mind, a willingness to learn and work, and a friendly disposition.

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Brandable domain name sales week 6: Timi.com, Razzle.com, SiteGuard.com

The market for brandable domain names is on fire. We have six five-figure sales on the list this week with Timi.com leading the chart with a cool $40,666 at NameJet.com. The reseller auction site has seven more entries on this list as they have been moving a large number of nice CVCV domain names lately. Dngeek.com reader Damian Hakert reported the sale of Razzle.com for $18,000. He purchased the domain name for a $225 BIN at GoDaddy’s auction site only one month ago. A fantastic flip.

Some names I like on this week’s list include SiteGuard.com, Lari.com and Paho.com

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The Brandable Insider: Sumo.com and Other Seemingly Mismatched Brands

There’s been a lot of press this week about the acquisition of the domain Sumo.com for a $1.5 million dollars. Noah Kagan, CEO of SumoMe has been making the rounds this week and you can find his interviews at Domain Sherpa, DomainNameWire and on his podcast blog, OKdork. You can also find articles at Entrepreneur Mag and NamePros. You can even find an opinion piece at Domain Gang which questions the wisdom of spending so much money on a brand that has no obvious correlation to its core product and service.

All this talk about Sumo.com got me to thinking. I started to reflect on all the business ventures, in a variety of industries, that have picked up dictionary word domains and are using them for brands even though there is no obvious connection between the brand and their product.

So here’s a few exact match domain-brands that could have you scratching your head.
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