Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q1 2015

When I first started covering newly funded startups and their domain names I didn’t expect the weekly report to become so popular within such a short time.  I really enjoy doing these reports but as its quite time consuming to research, write and publish them it’s been very nice to hear from domain name investors, startups and even TLD registries that they are finding the reports useful and return for them each week.  Since we’re already a quarter into 2015 I wanted to get an overview of the current domain name trends among funded startups so far this year.  Is .Com still king? Is .Net really out of fashion these days? Is .IO really that hot and is .Co still cool?

Let’s find out 🙂

During the first 3 months of this year we reviewed a total of 449 newly funded startups that raised a combined 525 million+ US dollars in Seed and Angel funding which averages around 1,170,000 US dollar in funding per company

popular domain extensions among startups


With 75% of startups that received funding during the 1st quarter of 2015 using a .com it is safe to say that .Com is still the undisputed king. The availability of a ton of new domain endings (the new gTLDs) such as .Club, .Guru and .Click hardly made an impact with a measly 3 funded startups so far launching with one of the new domain name extensions. Most used by startups after .com are the country level extensions (ccTLDs) with 8%. Most used in the ccTLD group are for the United Kingdom and .In for India. Still going strong is .Co, the domain extension marketed as THE domain name of choice for startups during the past few years and together with the new cool kid in the class, .IO  they account for more than 11% of the tasty pie above.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q1 2015

  1. I find it very useful to track startups and their preferred domain extensions, especially those outside the US. Peter Diamandis said in his “The World in 2050” speech “In 10 years time 40% of today’s Fortune 500 companies will no longer exist, displaced by companies we have even not heard about yet.” New technology brings in new business leaders, so we are going to see more Internet startups of today turning into Internet giants of tomorrow. If future business leaders across the world start with .com, I know .com will remain as the king (not necessarily in terms of number, but in terms of value).

    So, keep sharing with us your research into this area. Thanks.

  2. We own (“Insurance” in Spanish) so this is a very helpful post this week-thank you very much for all the work you put into it. Owning this single word domain it’s great to see .cc in second place.

    1. 2nd place are the ccTLDs aka country code domains such as .de for Germany or for the United Kingdom. So far we have yet to see a newly funded startup that uses a .cc domain name.

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