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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77 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: InstaFreight.com, SmarterEye.com, eLocal.com

More than $408,132,561 was raised by 77 startups last week. Singapore based Fullerton Health led the round after raising $120,920,000 in Venture funding. The company is a major provider of corporate health care in the Asia Pacific region. 56 of the 77 startups on our list chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 15 startups chose to launch with a ccTLD. Two startups used .net domain names, while we have one .business, one .solutions and two .tech domains.

And we have yet another week where it was difficult to choose domain names to highlight. First up we have Instafreight.com, a Berlin based freight transport company. ‘Insta‘ is definitely quite popular in the brandable domain world as a shortener for ‘instant’. Next up, we have SmarterEye.com, a Chinese driving automation company that raised a cool $15M in funding. Although the domain would only capture maximum 4 figures in the aftermarket, it works decently for an automated driving company. Finally, we have eLocal.com, belonging to an advertising company looking to connect consumers with their local businesses. The 20-year old domain name seemed to have changed hands multiple times, but was initially registered by a web-space leasing company.

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Post your 3 best new gTLD domain names.

Last week I asked you guys to share your best 3 brandable domain names and that post received almost 100 comments. It’s great to see what different investors consider there best domain names in a certain niche so I thought it would be nice to do a similar post asking everyone to share their 3 best domain names in one of the many new extensions that have come available during the last few years.

Regular readers know I mainly invest in .com domain names but I do own a few (around 25) domains in the new gTLDS. I have received a handful of inquiries over the years but I have yet to make my very first sales of a new gTLD.  Personally, I think its best to only invest in one-word domains when buying new extensions and that the before and after the dot word combination needs to makes sense.

Since I don’t have much experience in buying and/or selling domains in this niche I won’t likely give as much feedback on comments like I did last week.

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Brandable domain name sales week 48: Krispy.com, Temana.com, Zenco.com

With six reported sales in the five-figure range, it was a splendid week for brandable domain name sales again.  The top grossing sales was a misspelling of the word crispy: Krispy.com. It sold for $40,000 and currently still forwards to a website owned by the seller of the domain. It will be interesting to see how the domain name will be put to use by the new owner.

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62 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: BlueWorkforce.com, SuperMetrics.com, CircleLoop.com

Last week, 62 startups raised a sum of $197,176,137. The funding round was led by Cambridge-based biotechnology company Base4, who raised a huge £21,300,000 ($28,698,555 USD) in venture funding. Among other R&D work, the company is working to develop new DNA sequencing methods. Of the startups on this list, 68% chose to launch with a .com domain name, while 27% of them launched using a ccTLD. Representing the new gTLDs, we have a .network, a .health and a .money.

Honestly, I didn’t love any of the domains on this week’s list. Nevertheless, first up, we have BlueWorkforce.com, belonging to a Danish company that makes industrial robots. It seems that the domain name was hand-registered by the founder of the company in 2012, and it actually works decently for them. Next up, we have SuperMetrics.com, belonging to a Finish company that provides tools for monitoring web analytics etc. Clearly, the domain works well for this company in terms of communicating its mission. However, from a domainer standpoint, although ‘metric’ and ‘metrics’ domains remain popular among the brandable domain crowd, the past data shows that there aren’t many high profile sales in these categories. Finally, we have CircleLoop.com, a British company offering cloud-based phone software, as an alternative to the likes of Vonage and Voipfone. Personally, the combination of ‘circle’ and ‘loop’ gives the idea of connectedness, even as ‘loop’ in telephony is the physical connection circuit between a customer’s premises and the network provider. Quite technical, I know.

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Post your 3 best brandable domain names.

The weekend is coming up and I thought it would be fun to ask everyone to share their 3 best (or favorite) brandable domain names.  Different people have different interpretations of what makes a domain name brandable so it should be interesting to see what domain names are being shared. Please feel free to comment on domains submitted by others but let’s keep it civilized, constructive and try to add value.  Personally, I will be happy to give feedback on domains if you like that.

Please post your 3 best (or favorite) brandable domain names in the comments. I will start.

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Brandable domain name sales week 47: Limata.com, SuperFish, SalesNinja.com

It was a slow week for brandable domain names which is most likely because of the long Thanksgiving weekend in the US. Not a single five-figure sale was reported which makes Limata.com the top-grossing sale with $7,661. The domain name sold at Sedo and is already in use by a German direct imaging equipment manufacturer that goes by the same name. Its a good example of a nice invented name in the CVCVCV pattern. I’ve sold a few similar 6-letter domains to end-users over the years including Colibo.com, Zumera.com and Zokura.com.

A dropped domain name that was caught and auctioned at DropCatch I liked was SalesNinja.com but it sold for a lot more than I am willing to pay for a two-keyword brandable in today’s market.

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