New Names For Startups

tidied
Get it tidied up! Tidied.com
rsslabs
Probably keeping this one for a project but let’s get to work! RSSLabs.com
kymal
Fighting, wrestling, super hero, game. KYMAL! Kymal.com
forevely
Because some things are Forevly.com!
genomicly
Impressive bio-sci startup name! Genomicly.com
spot on time
On time! SpotOnTime.com
aloudly
Say it for me! Aloudly.com
feriss
AI, Virtual Assistant Feriss.com
fockus
Fockus.com
lepinotnoir
Restaurant, winery! LePinotNoir.com
pursly
Pursly.com
voiceovr
Voiceovr.com $2800 + Escrow fees.
luverly
Wouldn’t it be Luverly.com!
slumberly
Slumberly.com $3200 + Escrow fees.
kavender
Classy! Kavender.com

First Names Make Great Brands!

For more information or to make an offer, email me.

alphonsos
Alphonsos.com

ridona
Ridona.com $2800 + Escrow fees

klarisa
Klarisa.com

jemalyn
Jemalyn.com

caryna
Caryna.com

timly
Timoy.com

engilbert
Engilbert.com

fantina
Fantina.com

jalien
Jalien.com

jedrick
Jedrick.com

bobana
Bobana.com

johnio
Johnio.com

kidada
Kidada.com

ridona
Edmona.com $2800 + Escrow fees

melisya
Melisya.com

presly
Presly.com

rodly
Rodly.com $2800 + Escrow fees

apprazer
Ruzwana.com

shouko
Shouko.com $4200 + Escrow fees

joberto
Joberto.com

ednan
Ednan.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!

Looking for some perspective? What is a First Name Domain Worth?

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!

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

 

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

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

 

Branding With Available Domains – An Incubator

I recently reached out to a popular podcaster (Brandon from Automate My Small Business, awesome podcast!) when I discovered a valuable keyword domain dropping in his niche. We were able to acquire the domain in auction. I hope to blog in the future about our experiments to discover how best to put it to work. In the meantime he mentioned to me that he and a partner were in the midst of developing a new business. Basically, the company would capitalize on their design and marketing experience to help inventors bring their products to market. They had both decided that they liked ‘Mind To Market’, but the domain was gone, and would I care to help them look for a name? But of course!

Let’s refresh, from my last post… I’m looking for a name that invokes the spirit of the experience the company hopes to create; Passes the ‘radio’ test (could type it in your browser after hearing in a podcast); Is ‘easy to remember’; Has the exact-match Twitter handle; No Trademarks; And is available for $8 on GoDaddy!

My sandbox: ideas, invention, imagine, engineer, incubate, tinker, prototype, innovate, iterate, lab, garage, market.
Very broad! Also challenging in that we’re not building a ‘better mousetrap’ here. The concept is easily understood and communicated, but there aren’t a lot people doing this as a business, so you face the additional challenge of trying to communicate what it is you do in the name.

I looked around for inspiration and found a couple of amazing stories. The Russians Used a Pencil tells the story of how two guys built a physical product – an iPhone tripod, from idea to market in five months. They used Kickstarter to fund and market it! They used 3d printing to prototype!

And there’s Quirky! This is so amazing! Founder Ben Kaufman turned the experience of creating hit iPod accessories into a business built around the process of discovering new hit products. The Quirky community comes up with the ideas, vets them, evangelizes them, and buys them! Ben tells the story here.

Alright! Creative juices flowing and a clear picture of our naming goal. Let’s get busy with the tools. Market Samurai for keyword, niche value, and competition. A whole lot of Thesaurus.com, MoreWords.com, TheFreeDictionary.com. Throw in a little Rhymezone.com. my Excel column combination spreadsheet, and voila. Over 1200 possible candidates. Run through the GoDaddy bulk checker and… Hmm, a smattering of acceptable candidates. Now the Twitter check and… a pretty miserable collection of leftovers.

The Lean Inventor
cc by fostersartofchilling

With one exception. I mentioned I listen to a lot of podcasts. Over the last few months I’ve tracked down at least a half dozen Eric Ries interviews. Eric has worked very hard getting the word out about his book. There’s a startup education in these interviews.
This Week in Venture Capital #65 with Eric Ries, Author of ‘The Lean Startup”   mp3 audio
Eric Ries of The Lean Startup on This Week in Startups #199  mp3 audio
Eric Ries (BestSeller) – On Mixergy mp3 audio
Eric Ries (LeanStartup) – On Mixergy mp3 audio
Evangelizing for the Lean Startup – Eric Ries (Author) Stanford mp3 audio
There’s actually quite a few others, but that will get you started. At this point I’m well versed in the notion of ‘lean’, which derives from the idea of ‘lean manufacturing’ pioneered especially by Toyota in the 90s.
Eric applied it to startups and called his book, “The Lean Startup”. The idea so perfectly captured the idea I was going for, and it was available.

So did they like it? Yes, but not as much as a name they’d found in the meantime. I’m having trouble remembering it 😉 (I know there was an animal in the logo!) I’ll post a link when they launch and you can tell us what you think.

Update 4/14/12 One of the names I looked into for this project just dropped.
MakeItToMarket.com @MakeItToMarket Like it?  Update 12/10/12 Or perhaps this is closer to what you had in mind.
Make It To Market