Brandable domain name sales week 44: GlobalEnergy.com, SpoilMe.com, SpacePay.com

After a few very strong weeks of brandable domain name sales, the market took a bit of a breather last week.  One of the more noticeable sales was that of GlobalEnergy.com, a dropped domain name that sold for $18,900 at auction at DropCatch. There’s a number of potential end-users for which the domain name could be a nice upgrade, hence the high price.

Some other domain names I like this week include SpoilMe.com, SpacePay.com and Etio.com

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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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Brandable domain name sales week 43: Koniku.com, Vejo.com, HappyChef.com

The big news this week is that Drew Rosener and his team at MediaOptions acquired all assets and intellectual property of DomainSherpa, the leading educational website in the domain space and that the show will continue under the new ownership. I’m excited about the news and looking forward to the new content that will be produced by Drew, Tess, and Chris.

With nine five-figure sales, it was another big week for brandable domain name sales too.  Some names I like on this weeks list include Vejo.com, HappyChef.com and MoneyMakers.com

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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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The Top 25 Cryptocurrency Domain Name Sales

Financial technology is slowly but steadily disrupting the traditional finance and banking industry with cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology behind it leading the wave of innovation and change.  Naturally, savvy domain name investors with an eye for spotting trends early on registered the best domain names related to these new digital currencies and technologies years ago and we’ve been seeing a steady flow of impressive end-user sales for domain names related to cryptocurrency with the $2 million sales of ETH.com (which is the acronym for popular cryptocurrency Ethereum) being the most recent reported sale.

In the light of that blockbuster sale, I thought it would be nice to compel a list with the help of the Namebio database of the 25 highest reported domain sales related to cryptocurrency and the blockchain.

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Brandable domain name sales week 41 & 42: MyWorld.com, Everex.com, Edio.com

I skipped last weeks sales report because I was in the Netherlands where I ran the Amsterdam marathon together with Efty Co-founder Lionel. It was my first road-running marathon and it was much harder than expected but a very memorable and worthwhile experience nonetheless as I wrote here.

It was a pretty wild couple of weeks for brandable domain name sales with our first ever reported seven-figure brandable sale and another five sales well into the five-figure range. The seven-figure sale was that of MyWorld.com which sold for a whopping $1,200,000. The seller was Anything.com and the sale was brokered by domain name broker extraordinaire Larry Fisher.

Another interesting sale was that of Everex.com which went for the unusually high amount of $50k+ on reseller platform NameJet for the sole reason that there’s a Blockchain-based microlending startup which currently uses Everex.io for their website. The Everex.com domain name now resolves to a Uniregistry For-Sale landing page with a minimum offer of $750,000

Some names that I like on this weeks list include Wona.com, Edio.com, HappyTurtle.com and HomeGeek.com

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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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Brandable domain name sales week 40: eShare.com, Yobo.com, Bipex.com

It was a bit of a mellow week for brandable sales compared to previous weeks as we only have two reported five-figure sales this week. The top sale goes to NameJet where eShare.com sold to the highest bidder for a cool $12,750. The domain name was first registered back in 1996 and recently expired from Network Solutions.  These type of aged, expired domains always seem to fetch a very good price. A domain name I really like is Yobo.com which sold at GoDaddy auctions. CVCV domains are in demand and this is a really nice one.

I sold Bipex.com for $1,999 via Afternic where it was listed as a Buy-It-Now.  I purchased the domain at auction for $84.47 in 2015.

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10 companies that paid up for a premium .Co domain name

It’s no secret that my money is on .com domains. It’s the only generic top-level domain that has consistently been dominating the sales charts and even with the many new TLDs that launched during the last couple of years, I do not see this changing anytime soon. There is, however, one other extension in which I have been successfully making a moderate profit (low five-figures) during the last years and that is .Co

Before .io came around, .Co easily was the most popular alternative for .com for startups and the extension has seen huge end-user adoption since it became publicly available in 2010 thanks to a very well executed and aggressive marketing push by the registry at the time.  As a result, many premium, one-word .Co domains were snapped up for big bucks during the landrush auction in 2010 and despite competition from some new, cool kids on the block such as .io and .ai, .Co continues to report impressive sales in the aftermarket.

The most important driver for its success is the large number of startups that embraced the extension over the years and build large and successful businesses on the domains with some of them forking out a significant amount of money to acquire their .Co domain. Here are 10 of them. (more…)

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