Yes, it’s pretty hard for a week to go by without another company that brands on .IO either raising their next round, or getting acquired by Silicon Valley favorites like Quixey. This week Kite.io, a competing app search engine was acquired by Quixey, a startup that has raised $75M so far and is not slowing down anytime soon.
It’s no secret that apps aren’t going anywhere. They are here to stay and the ecosystem around apps is growing faster than ever before. Being the Google of Apps is a pretty desirable place to be and right now Quixey looks like they are the most-likely to earn that title.
Congrats to the Kite.io team, it’s great to see talented entrepreneurs execute on an idea and turn it into something great. Ten years ago that innovation happened only on .COM, .NET and .ORG, now it’s happening on .CO, .IO, .ME and many other TLDs to come. It’s only a matter of time before we starting reading about startups branding on .CLUB, .LINK, .XYZ, .GURU and many more.
At the end of the day it’s all about execution, and we live in a time where that execution can happen across a whole range of TLDs.