85 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: BigLabs.com, CountingUp.com, CashFree.com

Last week, there was an increase from the previous week in both the number of new startups launched, and in the corresponding funding raised. In fact, 85 startups raised a total of $536,732,751 USD. The funding round was led by Neurimmune Holding, a Swiss biotech company who uses antibody remedies to cure diseases. 61 of the 85 startups (72%) chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 23 of them (27%) chose a ccTLD, and one organization chose its corresponding .org domain.

This week, the better domains were of the brandable variety. Though BigLabs.com is somewhat generic, it is also brandable. Big Labs is focussed on launching big ideas into successful companies. Our second company, Counting Up, provides banking, accounting and general financial solutions for new startups and sole traders. Since “counting up” is actual mathematical terminology, I think the domain works decently for this company. And kudos to them for seemingly upgrading from CountingUpHQ.com to CountingUp.com. A domain that exactly matches the company’s name is always a plus. Finally, we have CashFree, a company that provides Indian businesses with payment solutions.

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77 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Devoted.com, Chatterbug.com, CardX.com

The total funding raised by 77 startups this past week was $415,782,943.  Devoted Health, with the category killer domain, Devoted.com, led the funding round by raising approximately $62 million  in venture funding. The company is focussed on providing health care for seniors. Of the 77 startups on this week’s list, 49 of them chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 2 companies chose a .net domain name. 21 companies chose a ccTLD, and we have one .company, one .enterprises, one .games, and two .xyz domains.

Unlike the last few weeks, there were some very nice domain names this week. We’ve already highlighted Devoted Health, with the premium Devoted.com. The domain was first created in 1997, but it looks like it might have been mostly undeveloped until recently. The name works well for many companies in many niches, and it especially works well for a health care company in terms of communicating it’s mission. Honestly, I wouldn’t think twice about checking out the services offered by a healthcare company whose domain name is Devoted.com. Next, we’ll highlight Chatterbug.com. Chatterbug is a term for a ‘person who talks a lot’, and surely the brand works for this company as they seek to use adaptive courses to help folk develop better language skills. Finally, we have CardX, a company that allows businesses to accept credit card payments with no fee to the business. The domain name, CardX.com, sold for $20,000 on Sedo back in 2015.

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62 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Pex.com, LaundryHeap.com, GrowHealthy.com

The total funding raised by 62 startups this past week was $237,770,142.  And similar to last week, funding was led by a biomedicine company, Impact Biomedicines. The company raised $22 million in Series A funding to treat myelofibrosis and other cancers. The .com domains really rained supreme this week, with 75% of the 62 startups launching in com. The ccTLD’s accounted for 21% of the 62 domains.  Other than those, we have one .tech and one .xyz.

In terms of domain names, first up, we have the 3-letter pronounceable, Pex.com, a domain  first registered in 1996. Pex is a company that allows its users to find and monetize online video and music. Next up, we”ll highlight the brandable domain LaundryHeap.com, which belongs to an on-demand laundry services company with delivery. This one grabbed my attention because I recently, independently thought up this idea for the NYC area, and thought I was brilliant……… until I saw that there were already companies doing this in NYC and beyond. :-). The words ‘laundry’ and ‘heap’ go really well together for a brandable combination because of the obvious relationship between the two words.  Finally, we have another brandable domain, GrowHealthy.com. This verb-adverb combination works well for the medical marijuana company, who envisions their nurseries growing high quality marijuana to help patients.

 

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65 newly funded startups and their domain names: Gavl.com, MyStrength.com

This week, we have 65 startups raising a total of $821,044,122. It’s no surprise that a biosciences company, Harmony Biosciences, led the funding rounds with $270 million in Venture funding.  Harmony’s goal is to provide new treatment options for patients with central nervous system disorders. 64% of the 65 startups launched with a .com domain name, while 30% of them chose a country code top level domain. Other than these, we have one .tech (MinionLabs.Tech), one .ventures (Grateful.Ventures), and one .xyz (Dropit.xyz). Kudos to .xyz for making this week’s list.

Let’s talk about Gavl.com! The name is used by the real estate auction company, Gavl. And this name works extremely well for the company because of the significance of gavels in closing auction bids. And I dare say that the misspelling is still memorable. Next up, especially after the $1.2M sale of MyWorld.com, we’ll highlight MyStrength.com. The domain sold for $10k on Sedo back in 2011. And the company, MyStrength provides both mental and physical services to help people with mental disorders.

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72 newly funded startups and their domain names: Fluidly.com, Klue.com, Moodle.com

$750,525,140 was raised by 72 start-up companies last week. Vxchnge, a company that operates a network of data centers throughout the US, led the funding rounds with $200 million in Venture funding. As always, most of the startups (68% of them) chose to launch with a .com domain name, with 29% of them choosing a ccTLD. This week, we have two new gTLDs, a .games (teatime.games), and a .tech (Jala.tech)

Yet another week of struggling to find category-killer domain names to highlight in our title. However, we must carry on with a few other domain names that work well. The -ly suffix was extremely popular among startups for a few years. Although that phase is coming to an end, we have Fluidly on this weeks list. The domain works since fluidly is a dictionary adverb denoting the idea of something that is not rigid. And truly, this idea is related to the company’s goals of managing and rethinking the way businesses manage their cash flow.  Next up, we have Klue, a company that seeks to provide intelligence information (give a clue) about a business’ competitors. Klue.com was first registered in 1999, and is a great brandable domain name, as Klue is quite the popular misspelling of Clue. Next, we’ll honorably mention the open source learning platform, Moodle. As a former teacher, I’m relatively certain I used Moodle a couple of years ago for course management. Back then, I was told that ‘Moodle’ was a misspelling of ‘Doodle’; however, ‘MOODLE’ is apparently a tech-term for “Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.”

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101 newly funded startups and their domain names: TenFour.com, ClearCover.com, Ryte.com

A whopping $896,602,930 was raised by 101 start-up companies in the last week. Of these, Shenzhen based transport and logistics  YH Global, led the funding rounds by raising RMB1.2 billion (US$182 million) in Series A funding. Approximately  76% of this week’s startups chose a .com domain name, with 23% of them choosing to use a ccTLD. As for the new gTLD’s; we have a .global (Good2Go.global), a .live (Carson.Live), and a .life (odoc.life)

Honestly, I would have loved to see some great liquid domains and/or some one-word .com domains on this week’s list, but I understand that these are quite expensive for new startups.  After searching arduously through the list for domains to highlight in the title, the first name I went with was TenFour.com. The domain sold on SnapNames for $11,250 back in 2006, and Ten Four is an IT infrastructure company headquartered in New Jersey. ClearCover.com also stood out to me because of the alliteration. Clearcover is an insurance tech company out of Chicago, who claims to have a new approach to doing car insurance. Lastly, we have Ryte.com, a domain name first registered in 1999, and may have been sold on Afternic sometime in 2016. The company, Ryte, previously known as OnPage.org,  is a digital monitoring and optimization company.

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