Domain Sales

Sketch.com Acquired in Advance of $20m Funding Round

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When I see an announcement about a one word brand name receiving a significant round of funding, I like to check if they own their brand match .com domain name. This afternoon, TechCrunch reported that a startup called Sketch had “landed $20 million in Series A funding from Benchmark in its first outside round.” The startup has been using SketchApp.com for its website.

ZenSourcer Rebrands as Gem with Gem.com

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At the end of February of this year, James Iles of NamePros shared the news that the Gem.com domain name had been sold. Gem.com moved into the holding account of Escrow.com, likely indicating the domain name had been acquired with a payment plan. Citing an anonymous source, James wrote, “the sale of Gem.com has been agreed, and it is a seven-figure fee being paid in installments across several years.

It Can Take a While to Sell a Domain Name

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I am regularly impressed and often surprised by the large sales reported by Mike Mann. Konstantinos from OnlineDomain.com regularly aggregates and shares Mike’s publicly reported sales, and it really seems like Mike maximizes the amount of money he is able to get when he sells a domain name.

Mike gets well-deserved accolades for his domain name sales, but one thing people should understand is that it can take a long time to sell a domain name for a lot of money. Take for instance, Mike’s exceptional reported $20,000 sale of JSPP.com, which he shared on Twitter earlier today:

Chocolate.com Sells for Seven Figures

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Yesterday afternoon, Kate Buckley reported the sale of the Chocolate.com domain name via Twitter. Her company, Buckley Media, brokered the sale of the domain name:

I reached out to Kate privately to ask if she could share more information about the sale. Kate said both parties on the deal wish to remain anonymous, but it was a seven figure deal. She was able to share the following with me:

How I Use the Lead Generator Tool

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One tool I recently rediscovered is the Dropping.com Lead Generator tool. I primarily use Dropping.com to find domain names coming up for expiry or pending delete auction, but I noticed its Lead Generator tool a few weeks ago and have been using it on and off since finding it. I thought I would share how I have been using it. I believe there are similar tools like it, so if readers don’t use this particular tool, I am sure some of what I do will work on other, similar tools.

Full 2019 NamesCon Auction Sale List

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The 2019 NamesCon live auction was held on January 28, and the extended auction ran for a few weeks after the live auction concluded. This morning, I received the full 2019 NamesCon auction sale list, which I shared below. These sales include domain names that were sold in both the live and extended auctions. In total, 124 domain names were sold for just under $2.5 million.

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