Startups.com is for sale.
As recently as April, Startups.com was a daily deals type of site similar in scope to Groupon. TechCrunch published an article in May reporting that the site shut down, and that the company decided not to list it for sale at the time.
According to the current landing page on Startups.com, the domain name is now for sale, but it will probably cost a buyer a significant sum of money to close a deal. Another TechCrunch article from 2008 pegged the purchase of Startups.com at around half a million dollars, although the CEO was vague when asked the actual price.
I think this keyword domain name would make a great site – kind of like KillerStartups.com, which owns the domain name. My guess is that the company is happy with the current branding, and they don’t want to risk any SEO damage by switching urls to Startups.com. In addition, there is significant value in the Startups.com domain name, so why not try and find a buyer.
The company hopes to make a sale decision by October 1. I am not sure if they are using the services of a domain broker, but they should probably consider it if they are serious about selling the domain name.