As we’ve all seen, the days of needing a .COM domain to raise millions of dollars and chart your course to hockey stick growth are over. Every year more and more startups have been gravitating toward non .COMs and Silicon Valley’s biggest VC firms aren’t skipping a beat when it comes to writing checks.
Today I wanted to highlight ten companies who together have raised over $424M, and like the title says, none of them are building their brands on a .COM. Ready to rock? Let’s dive into the data.
Funding: $5.5M (details)
What they do: streamlined solution for adding video communication, recording, and sharing to apps 🎥
Fun fact about the founder: Cedric Montet, the CEO of API.video previously founded Libcast, a live streaming and on-demand SaaS video platform.
Funding: Over $60M (details)
What they do: AI-powered customer service chatbots 🤖
Fun fact about the founders: founders Mike and David both manually handed tens of thousands of support requests to figure out the best way to do the same thing using AI.
Funding: Over $159M (details)
What they do: smart contact lenses that improve your vision 👁
Fun fact about the founders: Drew Perkins, the CEO was almost killed when he was hit by a drunk trunk drive in 1991. He still calls this the luckiest day of his life and since then has gone on to start countless companies.
Funding: $93.8M (details)
What they do: blockchain-based lending platform 💵
Fun fact about the founder: Founder and CEO Alex Mashinsky is one of the inventors of VOIP (voice over IP) back in 1994.
Funding: $34.7M (details)
What they do: technology platform changing the way construction and real estate companies procure material for their projects 🏗
Fun fact about the founder: Prior to starting infra.market, founder and CEO Souvik Sengupta was an accountant for seven years.
Funding: $33M (details)
What they do: open-source interest rate protocol that unlocks new financial applications 💰
Fun fact about the founder: Co-founder and CEO Robert Leshner spent his career in traditional finance before starting a company to disrupt it.
Funding: $5M (details)
What they do: connect gamers around the globe by creating games with deep co-op gameplay and endlessly engaging experiences 🎮
Fun fact about the founder: Prior to founding elodie.games, CEO David Banks was the VP of Production for one of the most popular games in the world – League of Legends.
Funding: $30M (details)
What they do: Cellworks analytically combines FDA-approved therapies for individualized treatment results 🧬
Fun fact about the founders: CEO Khush Mehta has over twenty years of experience in healthcare.
Funding: $4.5M (details)
What they do: Subscription service selling their own alcohol brand 🥃
Fun fact about the founders: Helena and Woody, the founders are a third generation wine-making family from Sonoma.
Funding: $3M (details)
What they do: banking service for a community of selected cross-border businesses where members are accepted by invitation only.
Fun fact about the founder: Founder and CEO Ivan Zhiznevskiy started his career as a journalist for the BBC.