Post your 3 best new gTLD domain names.

Last week I asked you guys to share your best 3 brandable domain names and that post received almost 100 comments. It’s great to see what different investors consider there best domain names in a certain niche so I thought it would be nice to do a similar post asking everyone to share their 3 best domain names in one of the many new extensions that have come available during the last few years.

Regular readers know I mainly invest in .com domain names but I do own a few (around 25) domains in the new gTLDS. I have received a handful of inquiries over the years but I have yet to make my very first sales of a new gTLD.  Personally, I think its best to only invest in one-word domains when buying new extensions and that the before and after the dot word combination needs to makes sense.

Since I don’t have much experience in buying and/or selling domains in this niche I won’t likely give as much feedback on comments like I did last week.

My best 3 domain names in the new gTLDs are: (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 48: Krispy.com, Temana.com, Zenco.com

With six reported sales in the five-figure range, it was a splendid week for brandable domain name sales again.  The top grossing sales was a misspelling of the word crispy: Krispy.com. It sold for $40,000 and currently still forwards to a website owned by the seller of the domain. It will be interesting to see how the domain name will be put to use by the new owner.

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62 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: BlueWorkforce.com, SuperMetrics.com, CircleLoop.com

Last week, 62 startups raised a sum of $197,176,137. The funding round was led by Cambridge-based biotechnology company Base4, who raised a huge £21,300,000 ($28,698,555 USD) in venture funding. Among other R&D work, the company is working to develop new DNA sequencing methods. Of the startups on this list, 68% chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 27% of them launched using a ccTLD. Representing the new gTLDs, we have a .network, a .health and a .money.

Honestly, I didn’t love any of the domains on this week’s list. Nevertheless, first up, we have BlueWorkforce.com, belonging to a Danish company that makes industrial robots. It seems that the domain name was hand-registered by the founder of the company in 2012, and it actually works decently for them. Next up, we have SuperMetrics.com, belonging to a Finish company that provides tools for monitoring web analytics etc. Clearly, the domain works well for this company in terms of communicating its mission. However, from a domainer standpoint, although ‘metric’ and ‘metrics’ domains remain popular among the brandable domain crowd, the past data shows that there aren’t many high profile sales in these categories. Finally, we have CircleLoop.com, a British company offering cloud-based phone software, as an alternative to the likes of Vonage and Voipfone. Personally, the combination of ‘circle’ and ‘loop’ gives the idea of connectedness, even as ‘loop’ in telephony is the physical connection circuit between a customer’s premises and the network provider. Quite technical, I know.

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Post your 3 best brandable domain names.

The weekend is coming up and I thought it would be fun to ask everyone to share their 3 best (or favorite) brandable domain names.  Different people have different interpretations of what makes a domain name brandable so it should be interesting to see what domain names are being shared. Please feel free to comment on domains submitted by others but let’s keep it civilized, constructive and try to add value.  Personally, I will be happy to give feedback on domains if you like that.

Please post your 3 best (or favorite) brandable domain names in the comments. I will start.

Right now, my three favorite brandable domain names are: (more…)

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Brandable domain name sales week 47: Limata.com, SuperFish, SalesNinja.com

It was a slow week for brandable domain names which is most likely because of the long Thanksgiving weekend in the US. Not a single five-figure sale was reported which makes Limata.com the top-grossing sale with $7,661. The domain name sold at Sedo and is already in use by a German direct imaging equipment manufacturer that goes by the same name. Its a good example of a nice invented name in the CVCVCV pattern. I’ve sold a few similar 6-letter domains to end-users over the years including Colibo.com, Zumera.com and Zokura.com.

A dropped domain name that was caught and auctioned at DropCatch I liked was SalesNinja.com but it sold for a lot more than I am willing to pay for a two-keyword brandable in today’s market.

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101 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Less.com, TransferMate.com, HungryFoal.com

Wow! 101 startups raised a whopping $617,220,738 in funding last week. Shanghai based biopharmaceutical company, Zensun Sci & Tech Company led the funding rounds by raising 507M CNY ($76,837,974 USD). The company is looking for novel ways to cure cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Of the 101 startups, 68 chose to launch with a dot-com domain name while 26 of them launched using a ccTLD. Three (3) organizations chose dot-org domains, while we have a dot-bio, a dot-digital, a dot-online and a dot-tech.

Less.com definitely stands out as the best domain name on this list. The domain was first registered in 1997, but seems to have been bought by the company, Less, last month. Less is a Paris-based ride sharing company. To be honest, I struggled to choose another great domain on the list; until I saw some potential in the two-word brandable domains. First up in this category, we have TransferMate.com. Those who specialize in two-word brandable domains know that ‘mate’ is quite popular as a suffix. Transfer Mate Global Payments is a Dublin-based “B2B payments company seeking to make payments cheaper and faster.” Secondly, in the two word brandable category of domains, we have HungryFoal.com. And this domain is no superstar here, but it does clearly demonstrate what the company does. Hungry Foal is an India based food tech startup.

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Brandable domain name sales week 46: CoolDomains.com, Lora.com, MortgageMe.com

It was a pretty solid week for brandable domain name sales with five domains fetching five-figures. Mike Mann his DomainMarket.com claims the top 3 sales. According to archived screenshots, CoolDomains.com was listed with a $29,888 price tag but sold for about half that. Other domains I like on this list include Lora.com and MorgageMe.com

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84 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Intersection.com, CloudSense.com, BrokerGenius.com

$981,611,640 was raised by 84 newly funded startups last week. Ecological Service Partners led the funding round by raising $250M in Venture funding.  This ecological restoration company seeks to revitalize the habitats of various animal species.  Of the 84 startups, 60 of them used a .com domain, while 18 of them chose a country-code top level domain. Thereafter, we have one .biz, one .net, two .org domains, and two new generic top level domains (a .academy and a .space).

The best domain on our list is Intersection.com, a domain first registered in 1997. Intersection secured a cool $150M in Venture funding, and is a company that “connects the physical world to the digital world in urban environments.” That is, they provide services like free wifi in cities. Next, we have CloudSense.com , which is the internet home of the British-based cloud software and service provider. Honestly, ‘Cloud Sense’ is definitely not the best ‘cloud’ domain out there, but works alright for this company. Finally, we have BrokerGenius.com, belonging to a New York based company that built a platform to help the ‘middle men’ in ticket sales. The name ‘broker genius’ is a decent brandable domain, as we’ve seen other domain names ending with ‘genius’ sell for up to $20K in the last couple of years (MoneyGenius.com)

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Brandable domain name sales week 45: LegacyLife.com, InsightPro.com, GeekSpot.com

The top grossing brandable domain name sale from last week is LegacyLife.com which sold for a cool $30,000 at Sedo.com. The domain is still in transfer service and a quick Google search shows several potential end-users with the most obvious one being an insurance company that is currently using the very long LegacyLifeInsuranceSolutions.com url. Another domain name I like is InsightPro.com which sold for $7,000 and is already in use by the new owner. Last up we have GeekSpot.com which sold for $5,255 through the Efty platform. A lot more details on that sale, including the purchase price, can be found here.

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95 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: LoveSports.com, VitalProteins.com, Endy.com

The total amount raised by 95 newly funded startups this week was just a little more than the total amount raised by 85 startups last week: $587,760,616 USD was raised. The funding round was led by Donahue Schriber Realty Group, a real estate investment group that focusses on developing community-based shopping centers.  73% of our startups chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 24% of them chose a ccTLD, and one organization chose a .net domain.

The first decent domain on this week’s list is LoveSports.com. The company, Love Tennis, is a Chinese tennis platform. Surprisingly, they do not own LoveTennis.com nor LoveTennis.cn. Personally, the term “Love Sports” brings back faint memories of the “GotMilk?” slogan from a couple of years ago.  The second domain, VitalProteins.com is pretty straightforward for a natural protein company. Finally, we have Endy.com, a four letter pronounceable domain used by the Toronto-based furniture company.

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