1. JulienJ

    WP Engine banks $250 million from PE that bought GoDaddy

    WordPress hosting company takes a big investment from a company that knows the hosting space. There was quite a bit of buzz here in Austin yesterday after WordPress hosting service WP Engine announced a $250 million investment from Silver Lake Partners. That’s a big number by Austin standards...
  2. domainking131

    Startup with $19m in funding gets

    TechCrunch reported on a $19 million funding round for a startup called Less, “a ride-sharing service for commuters and other short distance rides.” The company was founded by Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, who reportedly founded “one of the most successful French startups,” Criteo. Smartly, Less is...
  3. domainking131

    The Future of Funding is AI-driven, Decentralized, and Incentivized

    “Everyone wants to fund promising companies. DropDeck wants to remove the barriers that keep average funders away from the greatest opportunities,” said the CEO Alon Vo, “there're a lot of existing platforms for you to do that, but we want to build your favorite one. DropDeck is the one-stop...
  4. domainking131

    After raising over $67M eShares fails to secure the .COM and rebrands to Carta

    In all honesty I’m pretty shocked about this one. If you haven’t heard of eShares let me drop a little knowledge before we continue since we’ve been a customer for years and I really like what they do. eShares (errr, Carta) allows startups to easily manage and grant equity all through a super...
  5. domainking131

    85 Newly Funded Startups and their Domain Names:,,

    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...
  6. domainking131

    How startup funding is consolidating in India

    The Indian Startup ecosystem continues to remain a hot topic for all and sundry. After acquiring an unmatched level of funding, more than $9 billion, 2015 was perhaps the best year so far for the entrepreneurs. The year 2016 started with perhaps the biggest organized and mobilized event in the...
  7. domainking131

    Donuts makes first investment through Donuts Labs

    Donuts’ first investment is in a geo fencing company. Top level domain name company Donuts has made the first of what promises to be many investments through its new Donuts Labs program. Through Donuts Labs, the company is putting its capital and registry knowledge to work by investing in...
  8. domainking131

    Infosys co-founders invest in emergency response app MUrgency

    Silicon Valley-based startup MUrgency has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Axilor Ventures, set up by Infosys co-founders Kris Gopalakrishnan and S D Shibulal. Founded in February 2016 by serial entrepreneur Shaffi Mather, MUrgency is an aggregator that connects people requiring...
  9. domainking131

    Newly funded startups and their domain names

    Funding activity slowed down a bit as we tracked 74 startups that raised $301,449,370 in venture funding last week. 70 percent of these new companies launched with a .com address with the ccTLD being second choice again with more than 13%. .Io remains popular and takes 8% of the pie this week...
  10. domainking131

    Where Rocket Internet went wrong with India

    Fabfurnish, an Indian online furniture brand built by Rocket Internet AG, now a publicly listed company was recently sold to Indian retail giant Future Retail for an estimated 15 crore. That is less than $3 Million after having absorbed funding which was more than 10 times the value. The...
  11. domainking131

    India Funding Roundup: An Electric Motorcycle Maker, Bitcoin Trading Platform, and More

    Jugnoo Paytm announced Monday that it led the Series B funding of $10 million in Chandigarh-based Jugnoo. The auto-rickshaw hailing and hyperlocal delivery mobile app received $5 million from Paytm and the remaining from existing investor Snow Leopard and a new investor named
  12. domainking131

    Newly funded startups and their domain names

    $415,084,680 was raised among 75 startups this week. With over 81% the fast majority of these businesses launched with a .Com address with the ccTLDs being a distant second with around 9% of this weeks pie. The new gTLDs have two reps this week: one .guru and a company that chose a .tech domain...
  13. domainking131

    Newly funded startups and their domain names

    The Chinese New Year had little to no effect on the funding frenzy that’s going on in startup land. It was business as usual with 90 new startup companies from all over the world raking in a cool $405,435,860 in cash last week. With 74% .Com remains the top dog, followed by the ccTLDs who...
  14. domainking131

    Newly funded startups and their domain names:,,

    Boatloads of cash continue to flow into the startup ecosystem as we saw $409,789,880 raised last week by 76 new startup companies. New companies need a presence online and as always we look at the naming and domaining choices these companies make during the startup phase of their journey. A...

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