NameSilo
James Iles

8 Companies That Started Using One Word .COM's in Q4 of 2018

Views:
1,462
Comments:
13
By James Iles, Feb 6, 2019
  1. James Iles

    James Iles NamePros Writer PRO Gold Account VIP Trusted Blogger

    Posts:
    1,420
    Likes Received:
    12,006
    Single-word .COM domain names are some of the most sought after digital assets for both investors and end users. Thanks to their desirability, many of these one-word domains can fetch six or seven-figure sales prices to the right buyer. Often, the right buyer is a venture-capital backed company or startup looking to upgrade their existing domain name.

    Here are eight examples of companies that started to use one-word .COM domain names in the last quarter of 2018.


    Mode.com

    Brokered by @Joe Uddeme of NameExperts.com, Mode.com was previously owned by Mode Media Corporation. Mode used the name to host a social platform, but the company announced in 2016 that it was due to close.

    Fortunately, the domain looks to have found a new home in Q4 of 2018, with Joe tweeting in October that the domain had sold. Mode.com is currently forwarding to ModeAnalytics.com, a collaborative analytics company that has raised a total of $23.4 million to date.


    Close.com

    Noted by NameCorp Managing Director Alan Dunn on Twitter (@Alan Dunn) was this possible acquisition by Elastic Inc. This sales CRM, launched on the Close.io domain name five years ago, proved to be a popular choice for sales professionals.

    It looks like the Close.com domain started redirecting to Close.io in November 2018, with the domain remaining under privacy protection at Network Solutions.


    Carrot.com

    Another potential domain sale noted by Alan Dunn on Twitter in Q4 of 2018 is Carrot.com. Currently listed in the possession of the Muscovitch Law Firm, Carrot.com is forwarding to OnCarrot.com, a real estate investment website.

    The domain almost expired earlier this year and was only saved thanks to the good deeds of Jamie Zoch (@Yofie) and @Bill Sweetman.

    8.jpg

    View.com

    In October 2018, we broke the news that the View.com domain had changed hands. The name was purchased by View, a dynamic glass company that received $1.1 billion in funding in November 2018.

    The company’s main website has now moved from ViewGlass.com to View.com, a domain that likely cost six- or seven-figures to acquire.


    Brew.com

    Formerly owned by @DomainSherpa and DNAcademy founder @Michael Cyger, Brew.com was sold in early November 2018 in a cash plus equity deal. The four-letter name was purchased by the team behind the successful BuyMeACoffee brand and is being turned into a standalone service alongside BuyMeACoffee.

    Michael Cyger met the team at the Escrow.com offices to complete the deal.


    User.com

    The domain names that we’ve covered so far have had no pricing information available, meaning that their sales haven’t been publicly charted by NameBio or DNJournal. This name is different, however.

    In October 2018, UserEngage paid $150,000 to upgrade to the User.com domain name, rebranding to User.com in the process. The company’s founder, Greg Warcheza, spoke to us about the purchase of User.com last year, detailing exactly why the company purchased the name.


    Duck.com

    Back in 2010, Google acquired On2, a small company that designed video codec technology. Formerly known as The Duck Corporation, On2 was purchased by the Internet giant for little over $124 million. The domain name Duck.com transferred to Google from On2 in the process.

    For years, rival search engine DuckDuckGo has been trying to acquire the domain from Google, with DuckDuckGo’s founder even tweeting a plea in July 2018 (which was later deleted).

    DotWeekly’s Jamie Zoch (@Yofie) first noticed the potential sale, with the domain moving out of Google’s possession in early December 2018.


    Jellyfish.com

    Domain investor Andy Booth (@andyboothsi) acquired Jellyfish.com from Microsoft in 2017, and subsequently sold the domain to Internet Real Estate Ltd in an all-Bitcoin deal announced by Andrew Rosener on Twitter. A DomainSherpa review show clarified that the price paid was 12.5 Bitcoins.

    According to DomainIQ’s WHOIS history, Jellyfish.com moved from GoDaddy to Tucows in November 2018 and started forwarding to the corporate website for Jellyfish, a global digital marketing agency that already owns domains such as Jellyfish.net and Jellyfish.co.uk.

    --

    Which is your favourite domain name from this list?
     
    The views expressed on this page by users and staff are their own, not those of NamePros.
  2. Next Article
    Top Topics: Should I Accept This Offer?; A Russian Broker Contacted Me...
    Previous Article
    Top Topics: Smartphone.com for $100,000, Is It Cheap?; Performing Outbound Sales on LinkedIn...
  3. Loading...
  4. James Iles

    About The Author — James Iles

    Writer for NamePros.com. For all inquiries relating to stories and interviews, please email: [email protected]

    This is James Iles's 619th blog post on NamePros. View all blog posts

    Home Page:
    http://twitter.com/jamesiles
    Actions:
    Follow
  5. Comments (13)

  6. offthehandle

    offthehandle . Gold Account VIP

    Posts:
    3,965
    Likes Received:
    6,806
    Keep up the good work of end user sales reporting!.

    Favorites? Jellyfish. All such reports of these nice end user sales validate corp use and that aren’t reported sold for 6 figures then mysteriously parked.

    Evidently these are actual real operating companies who bought to use them for websites.
     
  7. Dave

    Dave Top Member VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

    Posts:
    3,119
    Likes Received:
    2,720
    Great post James, thanks for sharing.
     
  8. ak4586

    ak4586 Established Member

    Posts:
    619
    Likes Received:
    92
  9. Omar Negron

    Omar Negron Active Member VIP

    Posts:
    1,385
    Likes Received:
    1,491
  10. J Sokol

    J Sokol Established Member

    Posts:
    558
    Likes Received:
    1,039
    My favorite is Brew.com. it's short, sweet and to-the-point.
     
  11. Riz M.

    Riz M. EmpireNames.com

    Posts:
    1,746
    Likes Received:
    2,702
    duck.com is one of the best...
     
  12. Keith DeBoer

    Keith DeBoer Active Member PRO VIP

    Posts:
    2,322
    Likes Received:
    4,796
    great keywords!
     
  13. Michael Ehrhardt

    Michael Ehrhardt Active Member VIP

    Posts:
    5,113
    Likes Received:
    3,323
    Mode is a German word

    and it means = Fashion

    No...English is a west Germanic language :)))
     
  14. TERADOMAIN

    TERADOMAIN Active Member VIP

    Posts:
    3,913
    Likes Received:
    6,991
    Thanks for sharing.

    All great names.

    Duck is little cute and powerful
     
  15. andydotlol

    andydotlol Upgraded Member Gold Account

    Posts:
    616
    Likes Received:
    389
    Thanks James

    Great domains. Not sure about great keywords or brands. Very hard to own such generic keywords from a branding perspective without affixing the .com imo... None of them show on the first page of Google for me except duckduckgo.com for "duck".
     
  16. Atta

    Atta Active Member VIP

    Posts:
    984
    Likes Received:
    592
    I like Brew.com.
     
  17. OceanEyes

    OceanEyes Established Member

    Posts:
    51
    Likes Received:
    49
    i like duck.com, great domain!
     
  18. Bobromeo

    Bobromeo Established Member

    Posts:
    30
    Likes Received:
    5
  1. NamePros uses cookies and similar technologies. By using this site, you are agreeing to our privacy policy, terms, and use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
Loading...