Last week, Ankur Nagpal shared how much he paid to buy the Ocho.com ($45,000) and Teachable.com ($25,000) domain names. I thought he got a great deal on each of these acquisitions. In his tweet, Ankur asked others what they paid for “a dope domain“:
Whenever I see a startup with a premium .com (which I think is a dope way to differentiate, btw) I’m always curious to know how much it cost
Our numbers were:
$25K for teachable .com in 2015
$45K for ocho .com in 2022
If you own a dope domain, how much did you pay for it?
— Ankur Nagpal (@ankurnagpal) November 1, 2022
Quite a few entrepreneurs and founders replied to share the acquisition prices for their domain names. The Twitter thread is worth a read.
Two domain names that were shared in the thread stood out to me. Dan Carroll, Co-Founder of Clever, shared that he acquired Clever.com for $200,000 in 2013:
We paid $200k for clever .com in 2012. No regrets.
— Dan Carroll (@bytingtheapple) November 1, 2022
Jon Oberheide, Co-Founder & CTO at Duo Security, shared that his company paid $250,000 to buy Duo.com in 2015:
In 2015, we were able to nab https://t.co/W20D144MlF for ~$250k from @DuoBoots. We narrowly beat both Google and Duo Lingo to it. https://t.co/kiMH17Eni5
— Jon Oberheide (@jonoberheide) November 1, 2022
Both of these acquisitions were made more than five years ago. The domain name aftermarket has changed a bit over that time, but those two acquisitions seem like great deals right now. I’m having a tough time deciding which company got the better acquisition deal. What do you think?
Clever.com even if it was $250k instead of $200k IMO
Anyone who picks Duo is clueless.
Anyone who picks Duo and thinks the length has anything *at all* to with it – in this specific case – is doubly clueless.
PS: anyone of any “repute” who *says* they pick Duo over Clever is almost certainly just lying.
As in, pants on fire.
These prices are so cheap by today’s standards.