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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The Brandable Insider: Some of Mike Mann’s 2017 Sales

“In the future, fortune could well favor those who didn’t sell their good domain names too cheaply, or too boldly.”Frank Schilling

Mike Mann is the outspoken founder of BuyDomains.com and the non-profit, Grassroots.org. He’s also the author of the free, eBook Make Millions and Make Change. Mike is no stranger to self-promotion and often posts his sales on Twitter listing both the sale price and the date/amount of purchase. His return on investment ratio often turns a lot of heads, especially among new domainers.

What’s missing in those snapshots of recent sales are the millions of dollars in renewal fees that Mike and his partners pay each year. When you consider that most of Mike’s (published) sales are for domains he’s held for 4-5 years, the cost of renewals for his entire portfolio of 250,000 domains looms ominously overhead.

But my purpose today is not to speculate on Mike’s profitability levels. My reason for mentioning him is so we can dig into the brandable portion of his recent transactions and maybe gain some insight into what end users are currently buying.
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Brandable domain name sales week 12: Fotopedia.com, TheTourist.com, CleanCloud.com

It was another great week for brandable domain name sales once again with five sales in the five-figure range. The biggest sale was the previous developed and dropped Fotopedia.com domain that was caught and auctioned by DropCatch (who else?). The winning bid was a whopping $20k+. Fotopedia was a popular photo encyclopedia founded by former Apple executives in 2008 which raised more than $11m in funding but which was shut down in 2014. The site still has almost 200k backlinks and receives an estimated 15 to 20k visitors a month which is most likely the reason for the high price it went for on DropCatch.

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69 newly funded startups and their domain names: CarSwitch.com, Correlate.com, OptionSpace.com

We have a list of 69 startup companies that raised $232,815,460 in funding last week. More than 72% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the second spot with just over 10% of the list. There are three startups that went with one of the new extensions: one .Solutions, a .Space and a .Vision

Some domains I like this week include those of the Dubai-based used car marketplace CarSwitch which can be found at the matching CarSwitch.com. Then we have Oslo-based productivity tool Correlate which provides a single place to map out, visualize, share and control online files across your cloud drives. The company operates from the premium Correlate.com domain which easily is the best domain name on the list this week.  Last up we have optionspace, a Berlin startups that is operating an online booking platform for flexible office spaces. Think AirBnB for offices. They can be found at the matching OptionSpace.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 11: MoreMoney.com, Snappa.com, CoinGeek.com

It was another terrific week for brandable domain name sales with five five-figure sales. The top sale goes to MoreMoney.com which sold for a cool $67,000 on domain marketplace Afternic but the sale with the most interesting story is definitely Snappa.com which was acquired as a domain upgrade by SaaS startup Snappa which was previously operating from the Snappa.io domain. Co-founder Christopher Gimmer wrote a very detailed blog post explaining why they wanted to upgrade to the matching .com and how the negotiations and acquisition of the domain name went down. I do disagree with Christopher his closing thoughts that “your preferred domain name will always be there waiting for you when the time is right.”. My advice for startups is to always try and acquire the matching .com before you launch and not once you have a viable business up and running because you will often find yourself presented with an inflated price tag for the domain.

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The Brandable Insider: Analyzing One Hundred Info-Tech Brands

Your brand is the single most important investment you can make in your businessSteve Forbes

Each year, Wealthfront, the automated investment service, releases a list of the most desirable, mid-sized tech companies. Wealthfront believes that the most important financial decision any young person can make is where they choose to work and launch their career. With this in mind, they publish an annual list of the info-tech companies most likely to turn into big business. In other words, the best of the best.
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78 newly funded startups and their domain names: Garrison.com, Endor.com, Current.com

Funding activity was down a bit last week as we tracked 78  startups raise $264,541,810 in venture funding. As usual, the vast majority of these new companies launched with a .com address, 75%.  The ccTLD claimed the second spot again with a little over 11% of the pie. There are four startups that went with one of the new extensions: one .Clinic, a .Blue and two .Club’s

Some domains I like this week include those of the London-based cybersecurity firm Garrison Technology which owns the prestigious exact match Garrison.com address. Then we have Tel Aviv-based predictive software platform Endor that lets business users ask any predictive question and get high-quality results in minutes instead of months. The Endor.com domain was picked up for just $515 on NameJet back in 2014.  Last but not least we have Current, a financial technology company that provides collaborative banking solutions and does so from the ultra=premium Current.com domain. The domain name used to be developed in what seems to be some sort of video news site in a previous life.

 

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Brandable domain name sales week 10: WebCity.com, JobNinja.com, Arivo.com

It was another strong week for brandable domain name sales with five sales in the five-figure range. The top of the list is dominated by what seem to be mainly reseller sales. Someone forked out a whopping $15k+ to be the new owner of the dropped WebCity.com domain. A somewhat old school and dated sounded term in my opinion. The only true end-user sale in the top five looks to be JobNinja.com which is already in use for what seems to be a German, Tinder like, job-search app.

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The Brandable Insider: Bonjoy.com, MindRover.com and BabyBreath.com

Circumstance always plays a key role on price when buying or selling anything. Circumstance + Need + Want + Desire = price.Rick Schwartz

There were continued discussions this past week regarding the perceived rise in prices for brandable domains in the aftermarket. Some industry observers say that prices for brandable domains in the expired auctions have risen markedly over the past year while end user sales and pricing remain relatively flat. This pricing dynamic may or may not be accurate. But if it’s true, it’s not sustainable over time. Market inefficiencies can and do exist. However, the principle of supply and demand always triumphs in the end and buying and selling prices will have to re-balance eventually.

To get a feeling for how this might be impacting brandable sales and pricing in real time here’s my take on some names that were sold on March 11th.
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64 newly funded startups and their domain names: WorkJam.com, LocusLabs.com, PR.co

Funding activity was up significantly from last week as we tracked 64 startups raise $336,362,910 in venture funding. The number of companies which launched with a .com address is down a bit with 59% this week and the ccTLDs claimed the usual second spot with 19% of the pie. We have four startups that chose to launch with a new domain name extensions: .Care, .Careers, .City and one .Online

Some name + domain name combos that I like this week are those of Canada-based WorkJam which is an enterprise software that allows way to communicate with employees who aren’t sitting at a desk such as shift-based and hourly workers. I also like San-Fransisco based LocusLabs which provides an indoor location platform enabling applications across mobile, IoT and robotics. Last but certainly not least we have Pr.co which is a public relations toolkit based out of Amsterdam that enables users to create pressrooms, publish press releases, and pitch them to media contacts.

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