Is .IO the new .COM for tech startups?

I recently saw an experienced domain broker that I follow on Facebook, Ryan Colby, post an interesting comment about .IO being the new .COM in the technology space. By technology space I think he means tech startups, and while I’m a huge fan of .IO, and I know a ton of startups that know and love it…I’m not sure I’d say it’s the new .COM for anyone.


I think the process of acquiring a .IO usually goes something like this, a startup says:

“Hey, I really want to buy that awesome one-word .COM!” 

Then they reach out to the owner, find out it costs six or seven figures, and then say, okay the .COMs out, what’s my next best choice. In this case, I do think we’ve seen a massive trend in .IO being a top pick. Still, like I said above, I don’t think .IO is the new .COM, instead I think .IO is the new alternative .COM for tech startups who might have picked domains like .NET or .CO in the past.

What do you think? Comment and let your voice be heard!

Morgan Linton

Morgan Linton