Two industry experts recently discovered separate one-word .com domain name upgrades and shared them via Twitter.
https://t.co/vWS6QBoGGe may have been sold by Reflex. The domain name is now registered under Whois privacy at Namecheap. https://t.co/vWS6QBoGGe is now forwarding to https://t.co/d2Jw7qnIqt. Great upgrade, @Modular_AI.
— Elliot Silver (@DInvesting) April 10, 2022
According to historical Whois data, Modular acquired Modular.com from Reflex Publishing, a company that owns a sizable portfolio of some of the best domains around including High.com, Train.com, and Bag.com. Last April, it sold Clubhouse.com to audio app Clubhouse.
Modular, a US-based AI infrastructure company, was only founded in early 2022, but secured its exact-match .com, which currently forwards to Modular.ai.
The startup was co-founded by two former Google employees, Chris Lattner and Tim Davis. Modular has also attracted former Amazon, Microsoft, and Meta talent. With some impressive early hires and its exact-match .com, Modular has built firm foundations for its ambitious project.
Another company that has secured an exceptional domain name is Comet, a machine learning firm that sensibly acquired Comet.com.
This deal was first spotted by research specialist Jamie Zoch.
— Jamie Zoch (@DotWeekly) April 10, 2022
Founded in 2017, New York-based Comet has attracted significant funding, raising $63 million in 2021 to bring its total funding to $69.8 million. It operates on the Comet.ml domain, the ccTLD for Mali, which has been repurposed here to presumably mean “machine learning.”
According to DomainIQ, Comet.com used to be owned by Comet Associates, LLC. Archive.org listings for Comet.com show limited usage for the domain dating back to the early 2000s. It’s possible that the same company has owned the domain for decades.
As of publishing, Comet.com redirects to Comet.ml, but it’s likely that Comet will ultimately transition to the superior Comet.com.