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AppDetex raises $10 million in Series B

Company that fights domain registrars over access to Whois data pockets $10 million.

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Brand protection company AppDetex has raised $10 million in a round led by First Analysis. It has raised $17.5 million to date; a prior round was led by EPIC Ventures and Origin Ventures, which also participated this time.

AppDetex is best known in the domain name industry for its complaints about access to redacted Whois data. It tends to request a lot of redacted data just before ICANN meetings and then complains that it didn’t get satisfactory responses.

Its key client for the domain data is Facebook, and the two companies have a close relationship. Facebook acquired a domain name registrar from AppDetex in 2016.

AppDetex is based in Boise, Idaho.

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5 little-known tools for finding great domains

These linguistic tools will help you brainstorm good domain names.

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Last week I interviewed Anthony Shore of Operative Words to understand how he comes up with names for his clients. He mentioned many tools he uses. I call these little-known because they aren’t domain name tools; they are powerful linguistic and dictionary tools that will help you brainstorm names.

I recommend listening to the full podcast to understand how Anthony uses each tool, but here’s a rundown.

Sketch Engine – This is a very powerful tool but has a learning curve, especially if you don’t have a linguistic background. It’s inexpensive and there’s a free trial so you can try it before you buy it.

OneLook.com – Great thesaurus capabilities and wildcarding.

RhymeZone – Find rhyming words, synonyms, adjectives and other words.

MRC Psycholinguistic Database – Good for substitutions, wildcarding, etc. (Listen to an example in the podcast.)

GoldenDict – A dictionary lookup program that allows you to search multiple dictionaries.

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