Newly funded startups and their (domain) names – week 3.

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:

Name Funding Amount Domain TLD
InGlove Seed Undisclosed Inglove.co .co
AppAnalytics Seed $300,000 AppAnalytics.io .io
SpaceBoxx Seed $1,000,000 SpaceBoxx.nl .nl
Lexoo Seed $400,000 Lexoo.co.uk .co.uk
Goo Technologies Seed $2,200,000 GooTechnologies.com .com
Stride Health Seed $2,400,000 StrideHealth.com .com
Modelo.com Seed $1,000,000 Modelo.io .io
Donald Seed $500,000 HiDonald.com .com
Globbux Inc Seed Undisclosed Globbux.com .com
Sandstorm Seed $1,300,000 Sandstorm.io .io
Mapillary Seed $1,500,000 Mapillary.com .com
Eight Panda Seed $2,400,000 EightPanda.com .com
Skydio Seed $3,000,000 Skyd.io .io
Sense360 Seed $2,800,000 Sense360.com .com
ChartMogul Seed $600,000 ChartMogul.com .com
North Technologies Seed $5,000,000 n-o-r-t-h-t-e-c-h-n-o-l-o-g-i-e-s.com .com
My Dream Store Seed $300,000 MyDreamStore.in .in
Elsen Trading Angel $400,000 Elsen.co .co
BlockCypher Seed $3,100,000 BlockCypher.com .com
My Digital Shield Seed $300,000 MyDigitalShield.com .com
CirrusMD Seed $1,500,000 CirrusMD.com .com
Skully Helmets Seed $1,500,000 SkullySystems.com .com
LawnStarter Seed $1,000,000 LawStarter.com .com
Questis Angel $1,500,000 MyQuestis.com .com
Tico Network Seed $120,000 TheTico.com .com
HandKrafted.com Seed $100,000 HandKrafted.com .com
Frankly.me Seed $600,000 Frankly.me .me
Shoppr Seed $4,000 ShopprApp.com .com
Argo Seed $1,500,000 Argo.io .io
OpportunitySpace Inc Seed $500,000 OpportunitySpace.org .org
HitPoint Seed $2,000,000 HitPointInc.com .com
CloudRail Seed 540000 Cloud-Rail.com .com
LIVEhouse.in Seed $1,300,000 LiveHouse.in .in
Unata.com Seed $1,200,000 Unata.com .com
Gluru Seed $1,500,000 Gluru.co .co
PlaySwell Seed $1,000,000 PlaySwell.com .com
Percolata Seed $5,000,000 Percolata.com .com
AppVirality Inc Seed $465,000 AppVirality.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.

Doron Vermaat

Doron has over a decade of professional experience in marketing and business development for technology startups in both Europe and Asia. He is the product guy behind domain name management software, Efty and the founder of High West a specialized recruiter for tech and digital talent. In his spare time, he moonlights as a domain name investor. He lives in bustling Hong Kong with his wife Fay, daughter Isla and their rescue dog Pepper.

11 thoughts on “Newly funded startups and their (domain) names – week 3.

  1. Never seen a startup with a domain with as many hyphens as North Technologies raise such a large amount of funding.

    1. North Technologies is founded by Kevin Rose (Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk etc). The company is used like a lab for new products so the North Tech website (and domain) won’t be used for any of the apps or products they roll out. Still, I agree, a very unusual domain name!

    1. It depends on the amount of funding raised but it would make sense imo to try and acquire the matching .com after you’ve raised, but before you announce your first seed or angel round. For the startups that have a very generic or descriptive name (such as Donald or App Analytics in this list) it makes more sense to grow first and try to buy the matching .com (if possible) when they raise a significant series A or B.

  2. Chris here from lexoo.co.uk.

    Having a .co.uk account is relevant for us right now because our service is only open to customers in the uk (or anyone wanting to do legal work in the UK).

    Interesting about the North Technologies url – I guess they’re banking on ‘the brand’ being more important the domain name.

    1. Hi Chris, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It makes perfect sense to use a ccTLD (country level domain extension) if you have a national focus! North technologies is only used as a lab name to develop products and applications so there won’t be much need for a premium domain as the site isn’t used as a lander for any of the products they launch which is why I suspect they opted for a “funny” domain name.

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