Some good examples of successful startups branding on .IO domains

.IO domains
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I received inbound interest in one of the .IO domains I owned and came across a question I actually haven’t seen before. The person who reached out was trying to convince their boss that they should use a .IO domain, but their boss had never heard of .IO and didn’t know of any companies that used it.

While I know a ton of successful startups branding on .IO I realized that the .IO registry hasn’t really done much to get the word out. The person who reached out to me said they tried searching around the web but couldn’t find a good article highlighting a few solid startups branding on .IO.

So I put together a little list for them of companies that were top-of-mind and I thought I’d share it with all of you as well. If you invest in .IO domains or you’re a startup that’s trying to convince the powers that be that a .IO domain would be a good move, here’s some example you can share, enjoy!

Branch.io – raised $367M, valued at over $1B (read more)

Apiary.io – raised $14.6M, acquired by Oracle

Keen.io – raised $29M, exited to Scaleworks

Card.io – acquired by PayPal (read more)

Castle.io – SF-based security company that has raised $11.6M to-date

As for .IO sales, the prices typically range from low four figures to mid five-figures. A few notable .IO sales are:

Cook.io – sold for $39,750 in November of 2019

Swipe.io – sold in mid-2019 for $68,000

Fluent.io – sold for $8,888 a few weeks ago

And the list goes on. I hope this article is helpful to anyone considering either buying a .IO domain for their brand or selling a .IO domain to a startup. At the end of the day, the data is there, startups are raising tens and in some cases hundreds of millions of dollars and branding on a .IO domain.

If you want to learn more about the meaning behind .IO, 101Domain has a great blog post that does a deeper dive.

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  • Michael February 2, 2020, 11:44 am

    I don’t know how big they are but I use ipinfo.io all the time.

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  • Yakov February 2, 2020, 11:46 am

    Successful business and successful branding are two different things.

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  • Jose February 2, 2020, 3:56 pm

    I can not conceive that an extension because it is IO, .CO etc. grow based on hundreds of millions of dollars, Venture Capital.

    In Domain Name Wire days ago I published a post about the Startup that are using AI as an extension and I looked at the first 10 and all of them Venture Capital feeds them the highest with 680 million USD incredible for me since this is not returned by anyone.

    Because as you know about me, I am quite identified with innovation and research for many years.

    I wrote a comment in which it said: Artificial intelligence in the future but will not exist and if Quantum Intelligence (This is true and if I wrote like this is asking me the question to ask these Chinese Statup to only do AI for 680 Million USD to the last positioned Startup of the first 10 had received 80 million USD in total among the 10 Startup were approximately 1800 million USD.

    There was an answer to my comment in which he wrote to me that in the Chinese market there is a lot of talk about Quantum Compunting and I replied thanks, I know what he writes but what will not come will be Physics in the studies I have done during these last 20 years of this matter there is not only the Quantum, there are many forms of physics far superior to the current artificial intelligence, which to be honest with you and those who read this many are scared, like the same current artificial intelligence that according to their use and the service they give you good or bad I have always responded to you since I wrote about this from a super powerful computer named Josua from the War Games movie.

    The only thing I want the IO and CO extensions to be to make their own innovations such as the ones to do Steve Job (RIP) Bill Gates, among others, the use of these new scientific technologies created by the human being himself the Venture Capital will self-destruct the same as investing as it does with Startup with investments so strong that none of them is prepared for the immediate future.

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