After analyzing 3101 newly funded start-ups that raised a combined 11.2+ billion dollars in funding during 2015, and 1085 newly funded startups who raised 5.1 billion dollars in funding during the first 3 months of 2016 I am back with a Q2 report which is based on 1110 startups who raised a cool 4.9 billion dollars in funding during the second quarter of this year.
Three months ago the data showed that .Com was the absolute king with a market share of 73% followed by the ccTLD with a strong 14% and .Co and .Io claiming a combined 7% of the pie. Despite a ever increasing number of extensions the gTLDs still performed poorly with just 1.3% of the pie last quarter. So what are the most popular domain name extensions for newly funded startups today? Let’s find out!
With 73.7% .Com remains the absolute kingpin of domain name extensions for funded startups by miles. Their slice of the pie is the exact same as it was in Q1 of the year. The country code domain name keeps a firm second place with just under 14%. The second most popular alternative to a .com is still .Co but they can feel the ever increasing popularity of .Io breathing down their neck. My forecast is that .Io will have overtaken .Co in popularity among newly funded startups in Q3. The combined share of the pie for these two extensions is 7.3% for this quarter which is slightly up from 3 months ago. The new gTLDs saw a nice win at the expensive of .Org, .Net and .Me as their share grew from 1.3% last quarter to 2.3% today. .Xyz was the most popular among the new Gs with 6 out of 25 startups launching with this extension.