102 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Handful.com, Akiri.com

This post covers new startups funded during Week 52 of 2017 (December 25th – 31st), and Week 1 of 2018 (January 1st -7th).

A whopping $2,173,997,144 in funding was raised by 102 startups on our list. Suning Finance,  one of the top leading financial groups in China, led the rounds by raising almost $827M in venture funding. Seventy four (74) of the 102 startups on this list chose to use a .com domain name, representing almost 72% of the list; a percentage greater than we’ve seen in past weeks. We have 1 .net and 1 .org domain each, while 24 startups chose a ccTLd. Two new gTLD domains also graced our list: 1 .events and 1 .tech.

First up, we’ll highlight the 20-year old one-word domain, Handful.com. Though not super premium, the domain is decent. Given the comparative prices of similar domains, I won’t be surprised if this company paid 4-5 figures to upgrade from their initial Handfulinc.com. The company, Handful, is an activewear company “that supports you grabbing life by the handful.” However, in my opinion, the correlation between the name ‘Handfu’l and activewear is a little blurred. Next up, we have Akiri.com. The name itself makes a really nice 5L brandable domain name. And, the company works on building trusted networks for health data.

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Brandable domain name sales week 2: DigitalCandy.com, Hoox.com, GreenRabbit.com

It was another decent week for brandable domain name sales with four sales reaching five-figures. The top-grossing sales was that of Otravo.com which was purchased by Dutch online travel company Otravo B.V. which operates some of the leading holiday sites in the Netherlands such as Vliegtickets.nl (Flight Tickets). The company does 180 million euros in revenue annually so $18k for a domain name should be a relatively small expense.

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82 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: EMQ.com, ScaleFast.com, OutboundWorks.com

Happy New Year! I didn’t post for the past two weeks as I went on vacation. The new year met my family and I on the sandy beaches of Aruba. We loved it! It’s a lovely place to visit. But, for this reason, this post will cover new startups funded during Week 51 of 2017 (December 18th – 24th).

More than 82 startups raised a sum greater than $551,659,726 in funding. The funding rounds was led by Niido, who raised $200M in venture funding. Niido by Airbnb is a brand of residential complexes that will be built as a result of a collaboration between Airbnb and a Florida-based development group. Of the 82 startups on today’s list, 54 of them chose to launch with a dot-com domain name, accounting for about 66%. Twenty (20) startups chose a ccTLd, while we have 1 dot-net, and 1 dot-org domain. As for new gTLDs, we have one domain each of the following: .bio, .care, .exchange, .marketing, .pro, and .solutions.

First up, we’ll highlight the 20-year old domain, EMQ.com. Wholesale, LLL.com domain names sell in the low to mid 5 figures; while retail they can go from mid 5 to low 6 figures. Although there is no recorded information about EMQ.com in Namebio.com, I won’t be surprised if the price paid for the domain fell somewhere in these ranges. EMQ is an app to make sending money internationally easier. Next up, we have ScaleFast.com. This verb-adjective combination makes a decent brandable. ScaleFast provides ecommerce solutions that allow businesses to grow globally. Finally, we have OutboundWorks.com, a domain that was first registered in 2017. Simply put, OutboundWorks provides outbound solutions for sales teams. 

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Brandable domain name sales week 1: ChatChat.com, Exom.com, ThreeMonkeys.com

Welcome to the first brandable sales report of 2018. I recently put up the top 100 brandable domain names sales for 2017 and it was another record-breaking year for the brandable niche. Some interesting sales during the 1st week of the year include those of ChatChat.com, Exom.com and ThreeMonkeys.com

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Top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2017

Three years ago I compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales during 2014 which planted the seed for the weekly brandable sales posts on the highest, reported brandable domain name sales all throughout 20152016 and now 2017.  Based on more than 1000 reported brandables sales this year I have once again compiled a list of the top 100 brandable domain name sales for 2017.

The criteria for inclusion in the list remain the same as previous years.

  • No numeric domains
  • Dotcom only
  • No 2L & 3L domains (as they are a breed on their own)
  • No one-word dictionary domains (in any language). This means the sale of Hora.com is not included for example as it’s the Spanish word for Hour.
  • Unless a word has an alternative spelling such as No 121 on the list, Krispy.com
  • No 4-letter acronyms unless they are pronounceable and used as a brand name instead of an acronym (many examples of those on this list!)
  • Two keyword domains can qualify. No 50, PolarPro.com, for example, is a brandable domain name while PolarBear.com would not have made this list.
  • Variation on words are allowed, such as No 55, Towny.com

The 100 biggest sales this year account for $4,516,680 in sales compared to $3,343,894 in 2016, $3,168,440 in 2015 and $2,989,652 in 2014.

Uniregistry is once again the dominating sales venue claiming 47% of all sales on the list with Sedo.com as the runner-up, accounting for 26% of sales. Unfortunately, Afternic, GoDaddy, and niche marketplaces such as BrandBucket and BrandRoot.com do not share sales data and sales made through the Efty platform are private unless a seller decides to report a sale to DNJournal or NameBio.

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Brandable domain name sales week 51 & 52: Goldi.com, Pami.com, TheHotel.com

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a nice break and is looking forward to the new year ahead. I’ll be wrapping up the 2017 brandable domain name sales with a list of the top 20 sales from the last two weeks of the year and will be back later this week with the top 100 for the entire year.

The top sale goes to Sedo where Goldi.com sold for a cool $59,000 to video job search platform Goldi which has been using the GetGoldi.com domain name up to now. A very nice domain name upgrade and money well spent by the one-year-old startup.

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108 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Loot.com, Descript.com, Friss.com

More than 108 startups raised north of $762,327,614 in funding last week. Chinese AI chip maker, Think Force, led the funding round by raising just over $68M in Series A funding. Eighty (80) of the 108 startups on our list chose to launch with dot-com domain names, 2 startups chose dot-net domain names, while we have 1 dot-org domain. Moreover, 21 companies launched with a ccTLD, and we have four ngTLD domains; a dot-farm, a dot-systems, a dot-tech, and a dot-works.

By far the best domain on this week’s list is Loot.com, belonging to a British-based online publications company. The domain has a 1997 creation date, and might have been purchased by the current company in 2016. Next up, we have Descript.com, which definitely isn’t the greatest single word dot-com domain, but it works for the company. Descript is an audio processing platform. This is another domain that may have been acquired by the company’s founder in 2016.  Finally, we have Friss.com, which sold for $10K on Uniregistry back in July. For some reason, this 5L domain name attracted me. And although the word has no relationship with any English words (other than being one letter away from ‘frisk’), the word does have some meaning in some western European languages. Since the Dutch-based “fraud, risk and compliance” company just raised a cool €15M in Series A funding, I’d say that they bought their matching dot-com domain for a very nice price.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Brandable domain name sales week 50: MagicFiber.com, MeCoin.com, TheAmazon.com

It was a fairly strong week again for brandable domain name sales with four sales reaching five-figures.  The top grossing sale was that of MagicFiber.com which was purchased as a domain upgrade by online microfiber cloth retailer MagicFiber which is currently using the TheMagicFiber.com domain name. Another notable sale was that of MeCoin.com which sold for more than $20,000 at GoDaddy auctions after it’s former owner did not renew the domain.

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84 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: Cedar.com, Burrow.com, Inflect.com

At least 85 startups raised more than $599,349,113 in funding last week. Altus Power raised a signifiant $150M in Venture funding. As the name suggests, the company is an energy company, but with a specific focus on renewable energy and solar power projects. Surprisingly, of the 84 startups, only 48 of the companies launched with a dot-com domain name, that is only 57%.  Thirty two (32) startups launched with a ccTLD, and we have one domain each of the following categories: dot-biz, dot-org, dot-car, dot-tech.

We’ve finally stumbled upon a week with multiple startups using single word dot-com domain names. Granted, they are not the most popular single words on the block, but we’ll take it. First up, we have Cedar.com, a domain first registered in 1997, and is being used by the company, Cedar, who helps hospital systems improve their patient payment/billing systems. Next up, we have Burrow.com, another well-aged domain with a 1996 creation date. Burrow is an innovative couch company, setting trends for creating customizable couches that are delivered directly to homes. The company seemed to have purchased the domain in the last 1-3 years. Finally, we have Inflect.com, which is a “platform for buying and selling internet infrastructure.”

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Brandable domain name sales week 49: Xango.com, JungleFish.com, ScienceGenius.com

With three reported sales in the five-figure range, it was a decent week for brandable domain name sales.  The top grossing sale was for Xango.com which sold for a cool $16,800 at auction at NameJet after it was dropped. Xango used to be a privately held multi-level-marketing company like Herbalife. Xango was acquired earlier this year by Zija International and it seems this company neglected to look after the Xango.com domain name and let it expire. Something you see quite often when companies get acquired. It seems like a risky purchase for a domain name investor because its safe to assume that Zija International owns the registered trademarks for the Xango term.

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