Brandable domain name sales week 37: Goood.com, Advisa.com, Zensi.com

The big news this week obviously was Uniregistry reporting 3,617 domain name sales totaling more than $29,000,000 in sales as they’ve been doing now for the third summer in a row. I will be covering some of the brandable sales from that list in a separate post next week.

The most notable sales last week was Goood.com which sold for $2o,000 at Sedo.  That’s quite a nice sum for a misspelling. There’s a popular site about architecture in China using the Gooood.hk domain name

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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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10 startups that launched with a premium domain name in 2017

A lot of startups struggle with the naming process when they start and an even larger number fails in acquiring a great domain name for the company that they just launched. The general sentiment among these startups is that they can always go through a rebranding if needed or upgrade their domain name when they gain healthy traction and raise more funding.  But not all startups. Every now and then we’ll see newly funded startups launch with a killer, ultra premium domain name. Right from the start.

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Brandable domain name sales week 36: NetLife.com, Miho.com, BodyMedia.com

We only saw a single five-figure brandable sale last week but it was a very notable one, fetching a whopping $75,000. That domain name was NetLife.com and the buyer is Netlife Research AS, a Norway-based company that offers web development, branding and several other digital services. The company has already launched a standalone website on the domain name while their main website remains on the NetlifeResearch.com url for now.

Another noticeable sale was that of BodyMedia.com which was a domain name that previously belonged to a medical and consumer technology company called Body Media.  The company developed wearable body monitoring systems and was acquired by Jawbone for an estimated $100 million in 2013. It seems Jawbone neglected to renew the domain name and it was auctioned at GoDaddy after they let it expire. 

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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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Here’s what brandable investors bought at DropCatch.com in August

It’s no secret that there’s still gold to be found by mining the drop lists with expired domains that are coming up for deletion. It’s also no secret that a small number of industry players catch the vast majority of these gold nuggets that have been mined by an army of worker bees aka the domainer. One of the most successful “drop catchers” out there is DropCatch.com. Since its inception in 2014, the service has managed to beat its rivals to catch some ultra-premium domains such as Bespoke.com, Lian.com, Silverado.com, PDM.com and Daybreak.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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Brandable domain name sales week 32: Onco.com, Sonka.com, HappyTimes.com

It was a solid week for brandable domain name sales last week with six sales reaching the five-figure range. DropCatch had the top sale of the week with IgoUgo.com which sold for $30,050. It used to be a popular travel site which was acquired in 2005 and eventually shit down in 2014. It still has some traffic and a large number of quality backlinks, hence the high price.

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