Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q3 2016

After analyzing 3101 newly funded start-ups that raised a combined 11.2+ billion dollars in funding during 2015, 1085 newly funded startups who raised 5.1 billion dollars in funding during the first 3 months of this year and 1110 startups who raised 4.9 billion dollars in funding during the second quarter of this year I am back with a Q3 report which is based on 1218 startups who raised a cool 6.1 billion dollars in funding during the third quarter of this year.

Exactly one year ago the data showed that .Com was the absolute top dog with a market share of 75% with the ccTLD being the runner up with 12% and .Co and .Io claiming a combined 7% of the pie.  The new gTLDs only accounted for a measly 0.5% 12 months ago. So what (if anything) has changed since then? Let’s find out!


The king of TLDs keeps it dominant position but drops around 5% compared to 3 months ago. The decrease is mainly caused by the increased  popularity of ccTLDs which grew from 12.6% last quarter to 15.6% in Q3. The most popular ccTLD with 28 startups is .In again and there’s a notable mention for .ai that saw 15 startups using the country code top-level domain for Anguilla as a hack for artificial intelligence. .Co and .Io remain in a neck-and-neck race with both extensions claiming just over 4% of the pie.  The new gTLDs lost a bit of ground compared to Q2 as they went from a 2.3% to a 2.1% slice. The most popular new gTLD was .tech with five startups launching on the Radix owned extension in Q3.

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.

2 thoughts on “Most popular domain extensions for startups in Q3 2016

  1. Great post. As a reference point for .com, I’d like to add the current Alexa Top 1M Sites statistic: if you count the number of .com’s, the number has hovered very closely around 50% for the past year.

    07/04/15 505,816 50.58%
    05/22/16 495,534 49.55%
    08/10/16 502,145 50.21%
    09/29/16 499,961 50.00%
    10/13/16 499,593 49.96%

    It would be interesting what the percentage was for past years.

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