Online printing startup Printful invests $100k to upgrade from ThePrintful.com to Printful.com

California-based online printing dropshipping startup Printful reached out to me to share they have upgraded their domain name, going from ThePrintful.com to Printful.com, in a transaction that cost $100,000 USD. Formerly Idea Bits LLC, the print-on-demand dropshipping company is now also incorporated as Printful Inc in the state of Delaware.

“Incorporating Printful is a step toward our goal of going public on the U.S. stock exchange by 2020 and will help us raise investment capital. We decided to change our domain to better build our brand – we’re Printful, not The Printful, and our domain name needs to reflect that,” says Davis Siksnans, CEO of Printful. (more…)

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The Brandable Insider: Money Making Ideas from NamesCon

Last week I had the good fortune of attending the NamesCon 2017 domain industry conference. The exhibition hall featured a kaleidoscope of branding, sales, escrow, registrar and Internet companies. There were booths, ping-pong and pool tables, live interviews, free t-shirts and gadgets. There were dozens and dozens of presentations, in five different halls, and evenings filled with private dinners, public parties and endless networking over snacks and drinks.

Being the quiet, nerdy type, I missed out on most of the disco and the bar talk but I did attend several presentations. I also spoke to a wide variety of people while manning the BrandBucket booth with Michael Krell. Some of the ideas and methods for making money in the domain industry had me wide eyed and amazed. I’ll list a few of them here for you to peruse and ponder.

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Brandable domain name sales week 4: OrangeSky.com, TheCoach.com, FruitEnergy.com

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year 2017 – The Year of the Rooster has begun and we’ve been celebrating this weekend with family visits and lots of food. I wish everyone a prosperous and productive year ahead filled with many domain sales! Brandable domain name sales were slow last week and it’s the first list this week without any five-figure sales.

My favorite name on the list is OrangeSky.com – others I like include Ceramica.com, TheCoach.com and FruitEnergy.com

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85 newly funded startups and their domain names: Nuna.com, Upside.com, CoolCompany.com

I’m on my way home after a very successful NamesCon conference and writing this post from the airport of one of the world’s biggest tech and startup hubs in the world: San Fransisco. We have a list of 85 startup companies for you this week that raised $401,619,290 in funding last week. 62% of these companies is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the usual second spot again with a solid 27% of the list. We have three startups on the list this week that went with a new domain extension for their website, including mobile broadcasting and live streaming video platform Kitty Live which raised a whopping $21M and is using a .Live domain name for their website.

Domain names I like on this list include those of San Fransisco-based Nuna, which works with government and employers to improve how people use healthcare through data. The company uses the matching Nuna.com domain name. Next up we have Washington-based Upside, a startup which describes itself as a new kind of travel company that is turning the way we buy business travel upside down. They can be found at the ultra-premium Upside.com address. I also like Cool Company, a Stockholm-based service provider for self-employed contractors which uses the matching CoolCompany.com domain name which they acquired for $25,000 from Mike Berkens MostWantedDomains.com back in 2014.

Other domain names I like on this list include Deputy.com, EasyMile.com, CashRich.com, Countify.com, StorePower.com and Apana.com

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Brandable domain name sales week 3: FoodFuture.com, Rumo.com, Paho.com

It was another very strong week for brandable sales with four sales in the five-figure range. The top sale this week goes to Sedo where FoodFuture.com went for a cool $25,000. The CVCV .com’s continue to rise in value and it seems that in some cases reseller prices for great CVCVs are closing in on end-user prices.

Check out Keith his latest post for some brandable sales in the X,xx range.

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The Brandable Insider: ThinkCart.com, Wealthio.com and Kantina.com

Right now Doron and I are attending NamesCon 2017 in sunny LasVegas and I’m posting this blog via telepathic artificial intelligence. Yea right! In case you’re not familiar with NamesCon, it’s one of the world’s largest domain name industry conferences and it features presentations by industry experts on a wide variety of relevant domaining topics. It’s also a unique opportunity to network, face-to-face, with the people we communicate with all year long via cyberspace. I’m sure we’ll both be writing about our respective NamesCon adventures next week.

In the meantime, let’s look at some interesting brandable sales, as reported by NameBio, recently:


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83 newly funded startups and their domain names: Linkem.com, Trackforce.com, Eelp.com

I’m writing this post from my hotel in Los Angeles where I landed yesterday ahead of NamesCon which kicks off coming Sunday in Las Vegas.  It will be my second NamesCon and I am very much looking forward to what promises to be another fantastic show! We have a pretty big list for you this week with 83 startup companies that raised $496,946,480 in funding last week. 70% of them is using a .com for their domain name with the ccTLD taking the second spot with just over 14% of the list. There are four startups on this list that chose one of the new domain names for their address on the web.

Some domains I liked on this list include those of Linkem,  the fastest growing broadband provider in Italy which raised a whopping $105.7M to accelerate their growth.  The company is using the matching Linkem.com domain name. Next up we have California-based Trackforce which is the leading SaaS solution to manage security activities. The company acquired the matching .com for $5,500 via the Uniregistry platform back in 2015. I also kind off like Eelp!, a startup from Barcelona that builds an app to delegate all personal daily needs busy people have. They can be found on the matching Eelp.com domain name.

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The Brandable Insider: Creating a List of Strong, Brandable Keywords

Several people have messaged me asking where they can find a list of strong, trendy, brandable keywords. The answer is everywhere and nowhere. No such list exists, that I know of, except in the toolbox of successful brandable domainers. It’s a list that’s subjective and evolves over time. It’s a list that no two domainers will agree on. It’s a list that comes from analysis, observation and experience. It’s the summation of hours spent at sites like NameBio, TechCrunch, DomainSherpa, AngelList, CrunchBase, BrandBucket, Startups-list and BrandRoot. Looking, analyzing, evaluating and deciding the relative value of each word. After a while it becomes intuitive. But in the beginning you need a written list.

For those that don’t have such a list, I’ll get you started. The way I’m going to do that is by showing you sample brands for existing startups in some of the most relevant technology niches of today. Not every keyword listed is a tier one brandable word. But most of them are. So get out your keyboard and create and refine your keyword list!

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Brandable domain name sales week 2: Timi.com, GoldenGoal.com, FindFreedom.com

We have a very juicy list for you this week with ten sales in the five-figure range. The top sale was for a very nice CVCV, Timi.com which fetched a cool $40k+ on auction site NameJet. The domain name was first registered in 1999 and was in use by a real estate company for many years before they let it drop. The winner seems to be an individual from Beijing

Other names I like on this list include GoldenGoal.com, FindFreedom.com and Everspire.com. The award for most profitable flip goes to PRTimes.com which was purchased for just $310 on NamJet last summer and just sold for a whopping $20k on Sedo.

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51 newly funded startups and their domain names: FastJet.com, MyDevices.com, Colibo.com

I want to thank everyone that reached out to me offering their help with compiling the weekly list. I have found somebody that will work with me on this moving forward so I am happy to share we can continue publishing this series.  Last week we saw 51 startups kick off the year with a combined $426,856,970 in funding. More than 78% of these companies launched with a .com domain name for their website followed by the ccTLDs with more than 15% of the list. There is not a single startup so far this year that went with a new domain extension.

Some domain names I like on this week’s list include those of Africa’s first pan-continental airline, Fastjet which uses the matching Fastjet.com domain name which was picked up for $1,650 on SnapNames back in 2005. Although it;s a little bit descriptive I also like California-based myDevices,  an online platform that provides its users with personalized IoT solutions from the matching myDevices.com domain name. Last up we have Danish social intranet startup Colibo. The company just raised its first major venture funding. It was me who hand-registered the Colibo.com domain name in 2014 and sold it to them via BrandBucket.com a year later for $2,095

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