2023 has seen a notable surge within the transactional worth of .ai domains. Initially, “.ai” is the nation code top-level area (ccTLD) for Anguilla. Nevertheless, because of “AI” being the abbreviation for Synthetic Intelligence – arguably essentially the most disruptive trade of our era – the area extension has gained vital tech relevance.
These gross sales are heralding a brand new digital gold rush. (All quantities quoted under are in USD.)
October tenth, 2023, entered the document books when the area identify you.ai was acquired for $700,000. Initially it was believed that it might have been bought by You.com, a search engine that closely leverages the facility of Generative AI. After just a few days it was revealed that the area identify was bought by Dharmesh Shah, the Founding father of HubSpot. He’s no stranger to splurging on domains, having bought Join.com for $8,000,000 in 2022.
Examine the above quantity to the earlier document of $258,888 for Stack.ai in August, 2023. Per week earlier than that NPC.ai bought for $250,000.
The stats are additionally spectacular when reviewing transactional quantity.
From trying on the 2022 gross sales knowledge the very best recorded sale was for $65,098 for the area Area.ai, different notable mentions included Ledger.ai for $33,333 and $30,050 for Predictive.ai.
Let’s evaluate this to 2019, once I acquired Unite.ai for $537. On the time I believed that deep reinforcement studying algorithms would finally result in an AI explosion, and it solely made sense that the AI trade would undertake the .ai extension.
This adopted the identical playbook that was proven throughout the Preliminary Coin Providing (ICO) increase of 2017, when each blockchain and crypto firm adopted the .io area extension. An extension that was quickly after adopted by main tech startups.
Therefore Unite.ai was born, and it serves for instance of the worth distinction between 2019 and 2023. Beneath are extra examples primarily based by myself private acquisitions.
it ought to be famous that my objective was by no means to amass an in depth .ai area identify portfolio, the objective was as an alternative to amass a community of brandable domains, and to accomplice with main AI corporations to launch market options primarily based on the following wave of technological innovation.
A simple worth comparability, is when anticipating that genomics would want deep studying to scale, I acquired Genes.ai for $677. Examine that to Gene.ai that bought in 2022 for $25,553.
One other notable area that I acquired was Genius.ai in late 2020 for $16,025. On the time I meant to construct a recent method at a search engine that will use deep reinforcement studying with human suggestions.
Quick ahead to at this time and a non-public provide was lately made to amass the Genius.ai area for $500,000.
My final worth comparability is in Might 2020, I participated in a bidding frenzy, whereby I ended up outbidding everybody to win Assume.ai for $21,988, on the time this was reported to be the 4th highest reported .ai sale of all time. It’s troublesome to think about that this area identify would promote for lower than 10x that in 2023.
It ought to be attention-grabbing to see how lengthy it takes earlier than the market hears of the primary million greenback .ai area identify acquisition.