Brandable domain name sales week 13: DotData.com, Olgo.com, ViralWorks.com

There’s an interesting post on NamePros by member HDmarketing who goes into detail about his experience building a portfolio of (mainly hand-registered) brandable domain name and his experiment listing a certain percentage on a brandable marketplace and the remainder of the portfolio at Afternic. The entire thread is worth a read for anyone interested in brandable domains.

I’m still daydreaming that one day, the leading brandable marketplaces, as well as Afternic, will report sales data so this weekly list will be a much better reflection of the current market instead of just the tip of the iceberg.

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Brandable domain name sales week 12: HomeCloud.com, Coba.com, Bloxs.com

I’ve been running pretty much daily since Wednesday last week and been logging an average of 16000 steps a day thanks to a Garmin Running and Steps Challenge invite from Shane Cultra. Shane himself started off strong but quickly fell behind because of the flu. Or is it old legs? My other two components Mike Cyger and Christa Taylor do not disappoint, however. I’m in the lead at this very moment but it’s a small one and with less than 24 hours to go anything can happen. The winner gets to pick a domain name from Mike his portfolio.

The aftermarket for brandable domains did not disappoint either and with seven sales in the five-figure range last week alone it’s safe to say the market remains incredibly strong. HomeCloud.com sold for a whopping $22,250 at an expired auction on GoDaddy but the Whois hasn’t been updated so it’s unclear who bought it and if the domain name has been paid for yet. A Chinese buyer forked out $15,500 for Coba.com on Sedo. It’s not clear yet if it’s an end-user or investor play.

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Brandable domain name sales week 10 & 11: CoinLink.com, MissMary.com, WeHost.com

The market for brandable domain names is red-hot at the moment. In the past two weeks, 11 five-figure sales were reported with CoinLink.com leading the chart with a cool $22,000. The domain name was first registered back in 1997 and used to be a developed site with resources for physical coin collectors. Looking at the current whois details the new owner seems to be based in China. Another notable sale was that of MissMary.com which fetched $20,000 in a sale facilitated by Sedo.com. The buyer is a Swedish company selling lingerie and swimwear that operates under the same name and currently uses the MissMaryOfSweden.com domain name.

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Brandable domain name sales week 8 & 9: Ooni.com, iStyle.com, Workzilla.com

We have a double dose of sales data for you this week. As a result, we have seven sales reaching the five-figure range with Ooni.com leading the chart with a cool $35,000. The domain name doesn’t resolve yet and is under privacy so it isn’t clear yet who is the buyer. Marketplace Sedo has another five sales in the top 10.  Another notable sale was that of iStyle.com which sold for $20,251 at auction site DropCatch.  Based on current Whois data it seems the domain name was bought by an individual from China.

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Brandable domain name sales week 7: Universa.com, EarthToday.com, Adster.com

Last week was a splendid week for brandable domain name sales with eight sales reaching five-figures. Some domains that caught my attention were Universa.com which sold at Sedo for $10,625. The domain name is still under transfer but I expect blockchain startup Universa which currently uses Universa.io to be the buyer.  Two other names I like also sold at Sedo around the $10 mark: EarthToday.com and Adster.com. none of them resolving yet.

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Brandable domain name sales week 5 & 6: BlackWolf.com, Avora.com, Symbium.com

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year everyone. 2018 is the year of the 🐕 which symbolizes luck and fortune and also happens to be my zodiac (born in 1982). I wish for a year of positive changes to help everyone prosper and succeed. We’re back with a double dose of brandable domain name sales data for you this week.  Most notable for me is the sale of BlackWolf.com which went for $10,200 on reseller marketplace NameJet. I had my eyes on this name because it is a fantastic brand but with reseller prices for these type of names hitting five-figures I am not willing to compete.

Elsewhere, Declan Conaty moved Symbium.com for a cool $9,000 through an Efty.com landing page. That’s a nice chunk of commission saved 🙂

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Brandable domain name sales week 3 & 4: CryptoWorld.com, Cloudo.com, Zyper.com

I wasn’t able to attend NamesCon this year because one of my friends tied the knot in Thailand around the same time.  And although a sunny beach in Thailand sounds a whole lot better than a Vegas hotel lobby I did miss catching up with the friends that I have made in the domain name industry over the years. It seems NamesCon is getting bigger and better every year and I’ll be making sure not to miss out on the next one.

Since I was away for the week I’ll bring you guys up to speed with the top brandable sales from the last two weeks. There’s a large number of cryptocurrency related names on the list again. I do wish I got in early on that trend myself but it’s also satisfying to see other’s such as FintechNames.com and CryptoDomains.com doing well in this niche.

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88 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names: RootCloud.com, FirstAgenda.com

This post covers new startups funded during Week 2 of 2018 (Jan 8th-14th).

Eighty eight (88) newly funded startups raised more than $647,041,138. The funding rounds was led by Blackfish, a Chinese  consumer finance platform, who raised $145M in Series A funding. Of the 88 startups, 62 of them chose to use a dot-com domain name; accounting for 70 % of companies on our list. Twenty two (22) startups chose to launch with a country code top level domain (ccTLD). And finally, we have one dot-net domain name; one dot-auto; one dot-investments; and one dot-ltd.

It was quite tough to find domain names to highlight. But, we’ll press on with RootCloud.com. Root Cloud is a Beijing-based cloud computing company, who may have only acquired the domain name two months ago. Although ‘root’ is not the first word one would think to combine with ‘cloud’, this domain works for the company as they seek to provide “tree root interconnection to empower industrial clouds.” Next up, we have FirstAgenda.com, belonging to a Danish-based company looking to end inefficient meetings by creating smarter meeting software. First Agenda definitely works well for a company providing meeting software as “first on the agenda” comes to mind immediately. Honestly, I’m not even sure that any software could end pointless meetings, but at least this company is trying to make the pointless meetings efficient.

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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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