As a domain name investor and having worked in startup companies most of my career I’d like to keep a close eye on which startups land funding and who’s gaining traction. There’s a lot to learn from analyzing the domain names these startups choose to launch on before they land their first big funding rounds so moving forward I will share a weekly list of who received early stage funding and what domain name they currently use. Last week we saw close to 40 companies announcing seed or angel funding:
|My Dream Store||Seed||$300,000||MyDreamStore.in||.in|
|My Digital Shield||Seed||$300,000||MyDigitalShield.com||.com|
Funding data is based on online reporting and DNgeek can’t guarantee 100% accuracy. To compile this list we only include companies that raised seed or angel funding and exclude companies that raised venture, private equity or series A and beyond funding rounds.
Over 60% of start-ups in this list use a .com domain with quite a few of them owning the exact match domain. The rising popularity of the .io TLD is also clearly visible with around 13% of them launching with a .io domain and one of the hottest startups in this list even having io incorporated in their name: drone maker Skydio. It would be interesting to see if and when some of these startup companies upgrade to their matching .com domain if they pull in Series A and beyond funding.