More Great Names For Startups

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carcoming.com
Does your startup pick me up? carcoming.com

audiotripping
Do you make guided audio tours? AudioTripping.com

cleverplans
Algorithms for getting it right the first time? CleverPlans.com

getvetted.com
Get Vetted! GetVetted.com

localbutton
Does your app find local awesomness? LocalButton/s.com

ircly
Building on the IRC channel? Ircly.com

happyfriending
HappyFriending.com

agingtests
Online brain-health diagnostics? AgingTests.com

ebellion.com
Online rabble rousing? ebellion.com

klozr
Marketing and sales funnel app? klozr.com

p2pcar
Wow! p2pcar.com

tastly
Food? Tastly.com

nettests
Save the teachers! Build NetTests.com

p2pbikes
Bike sharing! p2pbikes.com p2pbike.com

krazd
Krazd.com

Most of my domains are priced low to mid 4 figures.
I’m up for creative deals.
Like the names but not your niche? I can find you a great name for a reasonable price.
Lots more elsewhere in the blog or email me!

How To Start A Project | Autodidacts

I may be biased 😉 but it seems to me this infographic is missing the ‘look around for reasonably priced domains that match our project idea and save ourselves a whole lot of time’ step.  Here’s a few other things to consider…  With a better domain, are you more likely to invest time into your project? (Your domain should inspire you and give you confidence to talk about your project!) If you invest in a domain, you have skin in the game and what better nudge to ‘get it done’ than cash out of pocket? Apart from whether or not you build your project, will the domain you’ve invested in become an asset you could resell, that could even increase in value? Does a great domain make your project easier to sell later if you decide to move on?

Early in your project’s life, your domain is the clearest signal of how clever you are as an entrepreneur.

From Autodidacts.io (Well, of course, great content can help… at least in the short run.)

domainnoob-how-to-start-a-project

Moz on Domains, Uniregistry Sales, Myth of the Available Domain Name

Rand Fishkin, SEO expert-founder of Moz.com, reviewed choosing a domain name recently. If you’re about to launch a company the video provides an excellent approach to finding the right domain. Rand doesn’t discuss the costs of his various examples. You can bet, for example that Gusto.com cost ZenPayroll an easy quarter million when they rebranded last year (2015).

Here’s the list of acceptable domains that Rand comes up with in the video. For fun, lets have a look at what it might take to get one of these.
PastaLabs.com is taken. In fact it’s registered to Moz! It’s parked using Enom DNS servers.  PastaLab.com is owned by someone in Korea.
LandOfNoodles.com Congratulations, LandOfNoodles.com is available for registration fee! 7/26/16
MyPasta.com Is owned by the Campbell Soup company and forwards to Prego.com
PastaScience.com Hey, another Moz registration! About a year old. Again, parked with ENOM.
ThePenneIsMightier.com Registered to someone in LA who, considering they also have penneismightier.com, is probably starting a business.
PastaPerfected.com Hmm, not in the Whois database, but also not available? In transition?  PastaPerfect.com has a private registration and doesn’t resolve.
Gusto.com Discussed above. Can’t get anywhere near Gusto except for obscure new TLDs.
HandCut.com Forwards to a crystal glass company.

Well, we found one at least! Certainly it’s pronounceable. Rand liked this one. I’m not crazy about it.
But the point wasn’t to find a great domain, it was to demonstrate what to look for.

1) Make it brandable.
2) Make it pronounceable.
3) Make it as short as you possibly can, but no shorter.
4) Bias to .com.
5) Avoid names that infringe on another company or another organization’s existing trademark or could be confused with that trademark.
6) Make the domain name instantly intuitive.
7) Use broad keywords when sensible, but don’t stress keyword inclusion.
8) If your name isn’t available, it’s okay to append or modify it.

Uniregistry recently shared a list of domains and prices they sold over the last year or so for a total of $42 Million! Namebio published the list on their blog.

Recent unpublished comments to this blog remind me that a lot of people hate anyone who owns a domain they’re not using (let alone companies like Uniregistry that hold millions). These people are confused and this excellent article from Bill Sweetman might help them get clarity. Taken: The Myth of Domain Name Unavailability

More Brandable Domain Names – There’s a Domain For That!

For more information or to make an offer please email me.
More great names here!
(Where a Twitter handle is mentioned, I’m happy to transfer it to you for free at the conclusion of a domain sale.)
Contact form, or email me…

lucidcare.com
LucidCare.com @LucidCare

amusy
VR companion app? Vlovr.com

eroticly.com
Need to hide something? clokt.com

iLiky.com
iLiky.com

amusy
Amusy.com

eroticly.com
Eroticly.com

MarketTesters.com
MarketTesters.com @MarketTesters

weplant
What do we do? WePlant.com

iArty.com
iArty.com

Boardly.com
Boardly.com

gaymr
Refunds? Refundy.com @Refundy

BotMine.com
BotMine.com @BotMine

iMobl.com
iMobl.com

gaymr
Gay games? Gaymr.com $12,000

RSSES.com
RSSES.com

divup
Split the check! DivUp.com Now with DivApp.com!

netaphysical
Internet of things, you mean Netaphysical! @Netaphysical

denvr
Startup, app, blog, product, tv show? Denvr.com

appyending
Edgy game or…? AppyEnding.com @AppyEnding

indeepkimchi
In Deep Kimchi! InDeepKimchi.com

oaves
Because everyone loves Oaves!

smellbots
Does your hardware ‘smell’?

agetests
Does your app or startup test for aging? AgingTests.com @AgingTests

bikedeliveries
Like Uber for deliveries, on bikes. Cool! @BikeDeliveries

imaky
Kids and making? iMaky.com!

sktrs
Skateboard brand! skrts.com!

Phoak
Pho social? Phoak music? Phoak.com!

wedesigned
Crowd-sourced design? WeDesigned.com

hobbying
World-class hobbyist destination domain Hobbying.com $9000

appycamper
Camping app? appycamper.com @appycamper

swiply
Mobile app with gestures? Swiply.com @Swiply

CarComing.com
CarComing.com @CarComing

rsser
Clone your drive, your dog? clonu.com

Most of my domains are priced low to mid 4 figures.
Need a domain to run a market test? I’ll point the DNS to your test if you’ll share the data.
Are these domains an appropriate quality/price point, but not in your vertical? I can find you a domain.
Lots more elsewhere in the blog or email me!

iLiky.com WePlant.com CarComing.com Amusy.com Eroticly.com Boardly.com Refundy.com BotMine.com iMobl.com Gaymr.com RSSES.com DivUp.com Netaphysical.com Denvr.com AppyEnding.com Oaves.com SmellBots.com BikeDeliveries.com AgingTests.com iMaky.com  Phoak.com MarketTesters.com Rsser.com iArty.com WeDesigned.com Hobbying.com appycamper.com Swiply.com sktrs.com InDeepKimchi.com Klozr.com clonu.com clokt.com Vlovr.com LucidCare.com

 

Psyching Out a Domain Owner, and What Kevin Paid for Oink

Jason Goldberg is the founder and CEO of FAB. In this excerpt from an interview with Kevin Rose, Jason tells us how he was able to get Fab.com for a ‘low six figures’ and Kevin tells us what he paid for Oink.com.
[Update 6/16/17 From DNGeek.com]

  • Virtual Piggy Rebrands As Oink – Oink.com
    Virtual Piggy, a payments service aimed at minors rebranded as Oink in late 2013 after buying the domain, trademarks, and social marks from Kevin Rose for $57,500. Founder and CEO Jo Webber told TechCrunch that the reason was strategic:  “Piggy” sounded too infantile but “Oink” lets them retain some of the branding association with piggy banks while sounding more punchy in a way that will resonate better with the older end of the youth market — or so the company believes.

Click arrow to play audio. Psyching Out a Domain Horder
Update 12/6/16 Pepo, Jason Goldberg’s social media app, raises $2.35M from his old Fab.com backers

Brandable Domain Names – There’s A Domain For That!

For more information or to make an offer please email me.  More great names here!
(Where a Twitter handle is mentioned, I’m happy to transfer it to you for free at the conclusion of a domain sale.)
Contact form, or email me…

FixIt.Tv
FixIt.Tv @FixItTv
GroopReads.com
Read it together! GroupReads.com @GroupReads

 

Swipd.com
I ‘Swipd’ it! Swipd.com @Swipd

yowio
Yowio.com @Yowio

SolarPowder
SolarPowder.com @SolarPowderCom

osoyo
Osoyo.com @OsoyoCom

iuzit
Do you use it? iuzit.com @iuzit

Killer Web App
KillerWebApp.com @KillerWebApp

WeedApp
Rentome.com

NFC Coupons
NFCcoupons.com @NFCcoupons
Stokt
Five letters, 14 years old, exact-match Twitter. Stokt.com I’m @stokt

 

 

Lucid Streaming
LucidStreaming.com @LucidStreaming

appanese
Is your startup a Japan related app? @appanese

iSpyTv
iSpy.Tv @iSpy_Tv

NFC Systems
Nice, corporate-quality near field communication domain. @NFCSystems

appets
Oh, like an app for pets? appets.com @appets

heyto.com
Send them a HeyTo! @HeyToCom $4000

OneTapp
Mobile sharing app? OneTapp.com @OneTapp

Typly
Type? Fonts? Typly.com @Typly

louzy.com
Louzy.com How was the service? @LouzyCom $2800

yayno.com
Yayno.com Yay, or no? Something to do with making a choice. @YAYNO

affly.com
Affly.com Affiliate related company? @AfflyCom

ichrg
Charging station startup? iChrg.com @iChrgCom

Filterly
Filterly.com Aggregating and filtering?

Bendr
Social bar-hopping app? Bar-hopping limousine service? A band?

Givly
Giving it away? @GivlyCom

TDrop
@_TDrop

Burnly.com
Calories? Burning Man? Burnly.com @BurnlyCom

Share My Bike
Also ShareMyBicycle.com @ShareMyBike

Hapium
Did your company discover Hapium? @Hapium

HugTo
Down and out? Send them a HugTo! @HugToCom $1200

CodeFounder.com
Building an SaaS that matches coders and founders? CodeFounder.com @Code_Founder

Most of these domains are priced low to mid 4 figures.
Need a domain to run a market test? I’ll point the DNS to your test if you’ll share the data.
Are these domains an appropriate quality/price point, but not in your vertical? I can find you a domain.
Lots more elsewhere in the blog or email me!

FixIt.Tv Swipd.com iuzit.com KillerWebApp.com WeedApp.com Burnly.com NFCCoupons.com Stokt.com HugTo.com LucidStreaming.com Appanese.com NFCSystems.com Appets.com HeyTo.com OneTapp.com Typly.com Louzy.com Yayno.com Affly.com iChrg.com Filterly.com Bendr.com Givly.com Fukrz.com ShareMyBike.com Hapium.com LePetitOiseau.com  GetLA.com CodeFounder.com iSpy.Tv GroupReads.com

Marijuana Domain Names

Brand your pot startup.
For more information or to make an offer please email me. Contact form, or email me…

 

shrume
Brand your CBD/edibles! Gumys.com

shrume
SHRUME! Shrume.com

potinc.com
PotInc.com

kushup
Kushup.com & Kushups.com

weedapp
WeedApp.com & PotApp.com

potrunner
Do you deliver? PotRunner.com PotRunners.com

pot farm tours
PotFarmTours.com

potbeers
PotBeers.com

growingtv
Growing.tv

weedcider.com
WeedCider.com

backyardpot.com
Teach me how! BackyardPot.com

howhighami
Let’s build an app! HowHighAmI.com

potcider
PotCider.com

okpot.com
It’s too strong! Get me some OkPot.com

Also: CaliforniaPotTour/s.com HumboldtPotTour/s.com
CAWeedLawyer.com Buy Now $999

How To Name Your Company | Startup Podcast

Are you following the excellent new Alex Blumberg podcast series, Startup? Alex is documenting the evolution of his new podcasting company and in this episode we hear all about naming your company. If you’re new to naming this is a great introduction. Alex and Matt eventually settle on a name, Gimlet,  suggested to them by the folks at Lexicon Branding who agreed to help despite there being no budget. Alex alludes to the normally hefty fee for these naming services but doesn’t mention a number. I would suggest that it would normally cost $50-75k at least, to hire someone like Lexicon. [For reference, see my 2010 post, Naming Names at 75k a Pop] Interesting to me that they meet at the NY Athletic club… members only… no jeans etc. I think that a lot of what you’re buying from a high-end branding firm is the feeling that you’ve entered an exclusive club where an elite force of genius wordists conspire to generate a magic spell that will launch your company into the zeitgeist. At the end of the day, if having spent $100k you feel like you got a great name and everyone is more or less happy with it. Maybe it was worth it.

But if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you were forwarded here by typing a name you’re researching into your browser bar. The takeaway is that both you, and I, someone who has been naming/domaining since 2008, agree that that name is valuable. How valuable? My under-the-radar techniques for researching and acquiring great names for good prices means that most of mine are for sale in the lower to mid 4 figure range. Less than you’d probably pay for a day in the office of a high-end naming firm.

Or you can keep looking!
Click arrow to play audio. South Park Naming Your Startup

 

The Social Business Answer To Getting The Domain You Want

 

Jason Calacanis interviews Jon Ferrara
Jason Calacanis interviews Jon Ferrara This Week In Startups #189

After he and his partner sold their bootstrapped company, Goldmine, for close to $100MM, Jon Ferarra took 8 years off to raise kids. Now he’s back with a new startup called Nimble. It’s an all digital CRM platform with a thick layer of ‘social’. A single seat is free so check it out. Jason expertly extracts in story and detail, the history of Goldmine and Jon’s plans for Nimble. It was refreshing to see a founder with some grey hair for a change and encouraging to hear him liken building his company to a guy building a project car in the garage. I was fortunate to catch Jason’s eye in the chatroom with a direct question about Jon’s domain. Here’s how he got Nimble.com.
Click arrow to play audio. Jon Ferraro on getting Nimble.com

Why So Quiet?

I’m still here. Still have a few hundred what I feel are awesome names for sale. Others I’m getting closer to being able to develop myself. I sell a handful a year. Some of the names on this blog have sold. I keep hoping one will turn into a Unicorn. But a few things have happened that have caused me to pull energy out of domaining.

I have absolutely no interest in the new gtlds. None.
It seems to me the market has gotten a lot tighter over the last year. It’s harder and harder to pick up a decent dot com using my previous methods. The wholesale prices I’m seeing being paid for crap domains makes me feel like a handful of players with deep pockets and clever bots are intent in owning the entire domain space (though Chinese domain investors are certainly adding to the froth).
But what led me to cut back drastically on my domaining is that Godaddy quit displaying closing prices on domains in my Watching List!  It started in March. A Godaddy Twitter response said it was due to the ‘quiet period’ around the IPO. Then the IPO ended.

If I spend an hour combing through thousands of domains to find a handful that are interesting, shouldn’t the platform reward me by allowing me to confirm my hunches? Or conversely, If Godaddy doesn’t value my time on their platform enough to even share price data on the domains I decide to watch, what does it say about their attitude towards me, their loyal customer?

I would guess that a new manager took over the auctions at Godaddy after the IPO and decided that too many domains were slipping through their fingers for $12. And so decided to pressure users to make bids in order to see results. That’s what it felt like and that’s low!
And then they bought Afternic! Plunging head first into the domain resale business. Yuck!
How long do you think it will be before they start warehousing drops and putting premium pricing on those?

Godaddy was the last bastion of the fair shake for the little guy when it came to domains. But the lure of  just a little more profit seems to have dragged them into the slime with all the rest.