Why .Com is the Venture Capital Community’s Power Player

Article from Cara Hayes, Verisign director of digital marketing, previously published in WIRED.

The Venture Capital (VC) community is well aware of the value of a great domain name. In a recent essay, Paul Graham, venture capitalist and co-founder of the Y Combinator seed capital firm said, “The problem with not having the .com of your name is that it signals weakness.” It’s no wonder that 100 percent of the top 20 Y Combinator companies by valuation have the .com of their name.

Recent data shows that .com is the most popular domain extension for funded startups. That’s because its global recognition and unmatched security, stability and reliability lends instant credibility to brands associated with a .com domain name.

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Verisign Q2 2016 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to Approximately 334.6 Million Domain Names in the Second Quarter of 2016

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the internet grew by approximately 7.9 million domain name registrations in the second quarter of 2016, and closed with a base of 334.6 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs). This is a 2.4 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016.

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in August

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of August 2016 are below. Any surprises?

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in July

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of July 2016 are below. Any surprises?

Top 10 Keywords Registered in July 2016
Top 10 Keywords Registered in July 2016

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Many .Com Domain Names with the Same Keywords as Premium New gTLDs Are Available for Registration

Earlier this month, Andrew Allemann wrote a post on notable NameJet sales in which he discusses the sale of PropertyRehab.com for $2,400 as “a perfect example of how wrong some domain registries are on their premium pricing.” He mentions that the registry operator for the .rehab new generic top-level domain (new gTLD), has marked property.rehab as a platinum domain name and asks: “Why would someone pay thousands (or tens of thousands) a year for Property.rehab when they could buy PropertyRehab.com for just $2,400?”

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in June

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

The top 10 trending keywords registered in .com and .net during the month of June 2016 are below. Any surprises?

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in May

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

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Internet Grows to 314 Million Domain Names in the Fourth Quarter of 2015

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by approximately 15 million domain names in the fourth quarter of 2015, and closed with a base of 314 million domain names across all top-level domains (TLDs). That’s a 5 percent increase over the third quarter of 2015. [1]

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