Funding activity was a bit down last week with 80 new startup companies raising a combined $215,517,790 in funding. The most popular domain extension remains .com with a 64% share. The ccTLD is the usual runner up with 20% of startups using their country code domain this week. While the US is slowing down, India continues to steal the show. Last year already was a watershed year for the Indian startups. According to NASSCOM, 2015 saw over $5 Bn of investment flowing into India’s startups, compared to just $3 Bn in 2014. India now ranks 3rd globally with more than 4,200 startups. A large number of these startups is launching on a .In domain.
There are some excellent name + domain name combos on this weeks list. To start with there’s Nom, a web and app based community for food lovers to create, share and watch their favorite stories in real-time. The company operates it’s website from the ultra premium Nom.com domain name. There’s no public sales record but the domain is still listed on Afternic with a $1M price tag. Another company that caught my eye is Volley, an education startup that runs learning assistant camera app Volley. They use the matching .com for their website. Last but not least there’s Spot, another App based business that promises to deliver personalized recommendations for things like restaurants, bars, stores and hotels. The website can be found at, you guessed it: Spot.com (more…)