The most recent quarter of 2021 reached $160 billion in global funding, an astonishing amount considering that it had never exceeded $100 billion in a single quarter before.
September was a strong month for tech startups focusing on data center chips, CXL connectivity, high-performance RISC-V chiplets, autonomous driving, and ADAS systems.
US startups raised roughly $240 billion as of Sept. 30, according to figures from Pitchbook, the venture-capital database.
- Global funding increases by 105 percent year on year to hit a new high
- Mega-rounds of $100 million or more reached a new high in quarter three, increasing 136 percent year on year
Crunchbase data shows that more significant investments prevailed, with $103 billion (64%) invested in 400 companies that raised $100 million or more in the previous quarter. A total of $57 billion was invested in more than 4,700 startups in rounds of less than $100 million. 142 companies joined the Crunchbase Unicorn Board, compared to 145 in the second quarter.
- Early-stage funding reached $49 billion
Early-stage investment experienced the greatest growth, increasing by 104 percent year over year and 11 percent quarter over quarter, with over 1,900 companies raising funds at this level worldwide.
- Late-stage fundings exceeded $100 billion
In the second and third quarters of 2021, late-stage funding totals more than $100 billion, with over 800 unique companies raising across 849 investments.
Grails team gathered a list of 824 companies that raised funds in September. Selected in no particular order, here are the names that piqued our attention.
Founded in San Francisco in 2017, Commure is Healthcare’s universal platform. The company has raised a total of $542.3 million in funding over 5 rounds and is now valued at $3.5 billion after the latest Series D round. According to Crunchbase, Commure has acquired four organizations. Their most recent acquisition was PatientKeeper on August 18, 2021.
Commure has invested in its EBM (Exact Brand Match) domain Commure.com. Investing in a domain name that exactly matches the brand name is the natural choice of most internet users. For Commure, securing this domain represents a clear indication that the brand is here to stay.
Discord is a VoIP, instant messaging, and digital distribution platform. Following a $500 million funding round in September, the company has reached a valuation of $15 billion.
The team announced it on social media, driving great engagement and sparking conversations with their users. The company also secured the domain name DiscordApp.com to avoid confusion and missed traffic when they were operating on the .app extension.
Fivetran is a technology company that assists analysts in replicating data into a cloud warehouse. Fivetran raised $565 million in September 2021. That brings their total raised to $728.1 million, giving the company a valuation of $5.6 billion. On September 20, 2021, Fivetran acquired HVR for $700M. Fivetran operates on Fivetran.com, an exact brand match .com domain. This is often the case with global brands or brands that aspire to become global.
Meesho is an Indian social commerce platform. Following a $570 million Series F funding round backed by Facebook, Meesho reached a valuation of $4.9 billion. Crunchbase shows that Meesho has made 2 investments. Their most recent acquisition was on March 4, 2021, when Elenas raised $6M. The startup operates on the exact brand match domain name Meesho.com. Meesho is a short brandable name that sounds very friendly and personal – this was a trend in naming over the last decade, especially for brands that aim to create an instant feeling of trust and familiarity.
Ninja Van provides hassle-free delivery services for businesses of all sizes across Southeast Asia. In September, Ninja Van closed a $578 million Series E funding round, reaching Unicorn status. Ninja Van is operating on Ninjavan.co domain name. The .com website doesn’t seem to be resolving at the time of the writing of this article.
Sorare is a Paris-based blockchain-based fantasy football game. Sorare has raised a total of $739.2M in funding over 5 rounds. Their latest funding was raised on September 20, 2021. They recently signed a partnership with the Bundesliga and its two professional football leagues in Germany. The platform offers players cards as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on the Ethereum blockchain. Sorare has invested in Sorare.com, an exact brand match .com name.
KAVAK is an e-commerce platform for the purchase and sale of pre-owned cars in Latin America. On September 22, 2021, KAVAK raised $700 million in a Series E round that doubled the company’s valuation to $8.7 billion. KAVAK has secured KAVAK.com for its brand presence online. An exact brand match .com domain name like KAVAK.com is the natural choice of most internet users, making their marketing most effective across all channels.
AlixLabs is a Swedish-based semiconductor startup that has developed Atomic Layer Etch Pitchsplitting (APS), which can manufacture nanostructures with a characteristic size below 20nm. The startup raised $1 Million in Seed Capital from Alexander Ovechkin and 3 other investors. AlixLabs has chosen the exact brand match domain name AlixLabs.com.
ZeroPoint develops memory compression systems for real-time direct access in all systems for all applications. On September 8, 2021, the startup raised $3 Million in a Seed round backed by Chalmers Ventures AB and Industrifonden. ZeroPoint Technologies has raised a total of $5.8 million in funding over seven rounds. The startup operates on the Zptcorp.com domain name.
.COM extension is the preferred choice among the companies on our list, with 587 out of 824 securing a .com domain name for their online presence. Customers worldwide naturally tend to trust .com as it has been dominating the internet for decades.
32 companies operate on .CO – the country extension for Colombia. There are no strict policies to register a .CO domain; the domain name must be greater than 3 characters and up to 63 characters and can be registered by anyone.
The popular extensions for tech startups .IO and .AI were chosen by 43 and 31 companies, respectively. .io is the extension for British Indian Ocean Territory. It has gained popularity with startups in recent years, even though, according to many, it faces an uncertain future.
466 companies out of 824 have invested in exact brand match domains, thus making the most out of their marketing across channels and avoiding security risks.
16 companies use a dash in their domains. One of the downsides of using a hyphen in a domain name is that adding it to your domain name makes it harder to reach when typing.
|domain extension||September 2021 funded startups using it|
|sunexchange.com||Sun Exchange||$2.5M||yes||South Africa|
|dataskrive.com||Data Skrive||yes||United States|
|getbuilt.com||Built Technologies (Unicorn)||$125M||no||United States|