MoneyStream

What They Do
Money Stream is an all-in-one money management service that puts all the disparate and fragmented tasks associated with finances (banking, bill pay, record keeping, and payment schedules) and streamlines them into a single online service.

Funding Rounds
April 16, 2015
$3.2 million

Why We Like Their Name
It’s a nice combination of two words. Infinitely memorable, Money Stream does what the name implies, it manages your money in all its streams with one service.

ShopSpring

What They Do
Founded by three New Yorkers, Shop Spring is on a mission to create the best mobile shopping experience by allowing their users to follow their favorite brands. You’ll know when the next big thing hits the stores and can snag your faves with the swipe of your finger.

Funding Rounds
April 16, 2015
$25 million

July 9, 2014
$7.5 million

Why We Like Their Name
Another easy to remember two word name, Shop Spring gets you jumping to your new threads and has enough hop in its step to make you think of something on the go. Perfect for a mobile device.

ScoreBig

What They Do
Score Big stands out from the live entertainment ticket crowd by offering big savings on sports, music, and theater tickets. Every ticket on ScoreBig.com is below the box office price, guaranteed. They can offer these savings because the founders have backgrounds in the NBA, NFL, theater, and arts and they know how to find unsold tickets and pass savings onto you. Search their database of thousands of daily games and performances.

Funding Rounds
April 16, 2015
$7 million

October 28, 2014
$18 million

September 10, 2013
$10 million

April 20, 2011
$14.1 million

April 26, 2010
$5 million

March 1, 2010
$2.4 million

Why We Like Their Name
Yikes! Score Big is yet another two word name that’s radio friendly. You can’t mess up the spelling of this website and the name gives you a hint at what they do. We especially like it for a sports ticket box office.


TeaBox

What They Do
Tea Box sells tea—but not just any tea. They’re the only premium tea brand that delivers teas direct from the tea’s origin to the customers. They teams in the heart of most tea producing regions and ship the world’s freshest and finest teas, chosen by tea experts, to customers all over the world within 24-48 hours of production. With a selection of over 150 teas from over 75 different plantations in Darjeeling Nepal, Assam, Kangra and Nilgiri, you’ll find the perfect cup of tea.

Funding Rounds
March 24, 2015
$6 million

March 14, 2014
$1 million

Why We Like Their Name
Tea Box is short, simple, and says exactly what they do. There are a lot of successful startups with “box” at the end of their name (DropBox and BirchBox to name a couple) and box is a great name if your business model involves any kind of subscription service.

Localytics

What They Do
Localytics brings app marketing and analytics together in one complete and powerful platform. Used in more than 32,000 apps on more than 2.3 billion devices, they help companies like ESPN, eBay, Fox, and the New York Times create unique app experiences that drive consumer engagement and loyalty. With this one solution, mobile marketers and developers can gather deep, actionable user insight.

Funding Rounds
March 24, 2015
$35 million

February 4, 2014
$16 million

September 10, 2012
$5.5 million

April 18, 2011
$2.5 million

May 10, 2010
$750,000

Why We Like Their Name
We love the combo of local and analytics in this name. Again, people know what to expect from this company, and we’re pretty sure they were able to get this name for a reasonable price.

StockFuse

What They Do
StockFuse is a realistic virtual stock trading game platform that provides insights into your trading style, investment rationales, and behavioral biases. Based on an industrial-strength trading engine, their games can guide you toward a more effective portfolio.

Funding Rounds
March 23, 2015
$118,000

Why We Like Their Name
We really like two word combinations for businesses because they don’t usually cost you a fortune and you can easily transmit the meaning of your company. StockFuse is a great example of this.


Mommy Nearest

What They Do
Mommy Nearest is a mobile community for parents and caregivers. They offer reviews and specifications for the best places to take children. Mommy Nearest boasts over 150,000 users and provides unique content and geography-based, word-of-mouth recommendations. Then, they add a parenting magazine to the mix and you have a potent helping hand for any parent or guardian who’s on the go. Think of Mommy Nearest as Yelp meets Parenting magazine.

Funding Rounds
March 20, 2015
$1 million

January 23, 2015
$1.5 million

February 1, 2012
$350,000

Why We Like Their Name
Mommy Nearest plays off the term, Mommy Dearest. You get a good idea about what the company does, which is always a good thing for a name, and they didn’t have to break the bank in getting their domain.

Rover

What They Do
Have you ever had a problem trying to find someone to look after your four-legged friend? You won’t anymore. Rover.com connects dog owners nationwide with dog lovers for hire. It’s a network that makes it easy for dog owners to reach dog sitters who offer in-home boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, and day care. Their sitters have a wide coverage (more than 92 percent of the United States population lives within a short drive of a Rover sitter) and each one gets graded on a five-star system.

Funding Rounds
March 19, 2015
$25 million

November 4, 2014
Undisclosed amount (but it included Petco)

March 12, 2014
$12 million

July 30, 2013
$3.5 million

April 9, 2012
$3.4 million

Why We Like Their Name
This name cost this company some money, but it was probably less than six-figures. When we saw it, we thought that they must do something with dogs, and they do. A good name should always hint at what your company’s about.

Joyable
What They Do
Joyable provides an effective and affordable online solution for overcoming social anxiety. They use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that’s proven to reduce social anxiety. And since they’re an online company, they offer this service in a convenient and private setting. Joyable’s technology makes it easy for you to get started, and their coaches ensure that their clients succeed. Anyone is able to enjoy social gatherings with Joyable.

Funding Rounds
March 18, 2015
$2.1 million

Why We Like Their Name
We are a fan of adding endings like “able,” “ly,” and “sy” to a common word. Often, you’ll can get an easy to pronounce, short name that doesn’t cost a fortune—just like this name.


Pager

What They Do
Pager reinvents the traditional doctor’s house call by creating a location-based mobile marketplace. Users can save time finding a doctor, waiting for a scheduled appointment, and avoiding emergency rooms. Doctors on the Pager network treat a wide variety of primary and urgent care issues, all in the patient’s home, office, or hotel. Currently, Pager services the Manhattan area, but they have plans to expand.

Funding Rounds
March 10, 2015
$10.4 million

May, 2014
$4.5 million

Why We Like Their Name
This is an example of the simpler something a domain is, the better. Pager.com is an upgrade from GetPager.com and they purchased it for $45,000. There may not be a better name for a company that offer house calls from doctors—mostly because doctors are the only people who still use pagers. Pager is short, sweet, and very memorable.

Do

What They Do
Do keeps production meetings on task. It gives you the tools to make sure things get done and that decisions are clear. With Do, you can see what the entire team has going on with meetings, participants and any pertinent info at every team member’s fingertips. Stop sending emails back and forth. Start storing all your notes, presentations, documents, and other collateral in one central location. Don’t try—Do.

Funding Rounds
March 10, 2015
$2 million

October 31, 2013
Undisclosed amount

Why We Like Their Name
It doesn’t get much more premium than a two letter domain that spells a word. Do is at least a mid-seven figure domain in today’s market, but whatever they paid for the domain worked. They wanted to make a statement and they did with this name.

Join’em

What They Do
Join’em combines a couple of concepts together: buying in bulk and an online market. Buying something like a stroller in bulk—let’s say 20 of them—is problematic because you probably don’t need more than one, but joinem.com allows bargain shoppers to join forces and complete a large bulk order for things that aren’t usually bought in bulk, resulting in crazy low prices. The interface works similar to E-Bay and when the order gets complete, Join ‘em then ships the product to each participant. I guess if you can’t beat the price, Join ‘em.

Funding Rounds
March 10, 2015
$5 million

Why We Like Their Name
Join ‘em plays off an old saying, which can be a good thing and is in this case, and the fun name implies community and a friendly atmosphere. The name also works with their business model, and best of all, they probably didn’t have to break the bank to acquire this domain.


Startups usually ask themselves this question early in their naming process: should they decide on a company name and then look for a domain to match, or should they find a domain they can purchase and then base their company name on their domain name?

With so much business being conducted online, it’s actually easier to base a brandable company name around a domain name than the other way around. In fact, older, established companies can have a hard time fitting domain names to their business.

If you’re a startup company, you don’t have to worry about matching a domain to your company. Find a domain you can acquire and then base a brandable company name from that. But beware of any trademark or copyright infringements. Check to see if your name can be linked to another business—just because you’ve never heard of it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist—by using the following link:

http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-application-process/search-trademark-database

You should also search against your perspective name on Google and see what results you get. These results will give you an idea of how many other domains have similar naming conventions and topics, and how difficult it will be for your new site to rank in Google.

Like we’ve mentioned in previous posts, you should be shooting for a .com. Yes, you can acquire a .biz, .org, .net, .info, and the list of web extensions goes on, but the king of all website extensions is .com. If you don’t have a .com, you don’t have the name, but you most likely won’t be able to hand register a .com. This is where MediaPlow can help.

If you’re looking for some creative business name ideas, feel free to contact us, and we would be happy to assist you.


Who doesn’t have a digital music player? Even though my iPhone stores a ton of music, part of me felt hollow, holding the cold piece of tech in my hand. Then I heard about Qleek and thought great, here’s yet another digital storage device. But Qleek fuses the warmth and uniqueness of a mixed CD or tape with the digital world. It uses hand-crafted wooden blocks, called Tapps, to activate digital content.

Sounds like I may have another medium with which to purchase The Beatles’ White Album. Or perhaps not. If you already own a copy of an album, all you need is the album’s unique NFC code and assign one of the hexagonal Tapps with the album’s data. You can decorate the blocks any way you want or have them pre-printed with your favorite pictures or even the original album cover. One Qleek playback device and 5 Tapps costs $249 on Indiegogo, but if you order soon and take advantage of their Early Bird special, you can nab one for $199. Make sure you purchase a Hive (a wall-mount display for your Tapps that costs $20 each) or two while you’re at it. That way you can display your digital life on your wall.

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But Qleek doesn’t just play music. It allows you to code videos and streaming platforms on a Tapp. You could have your Facebook wall on your physical wall. Or you could have one of your YouTube subscriptions assigned to a Tapp, plug it into your playback device and go. Or you could even install your friend’s Instagram feed into a Tapp and access it wherever there’s a Qleek playback device and a screen to view it.

Qleek’s sleek design makes it comfortable in a living room, hotel room or a lounge. With a Qleek present, visitors can control the music or video with a wooden disk rather than pestering the host. And you can be certain that no two Qleeks are the same. Put your personal touch back into your digital media.

The Qleek Team hopes to raise $70K and as of this moment, they just passed the $40K mark. You can help the team by donating here , pre-ordering a Qleek or spreading the word.


Do you have too many passwords that you can’t remember them all, use the same password for every website, or store all your passwords on one document or notepad? I’ve been guilty of all three. But with 1Password, you won’t have to do any of these embarrassing or unsafe things again.

1Password keeps track of all your passwords for each of your devices (PC, mac, iOS, and Android) and syncs all your devices in one handy app. You create one master password for your 1Password account and then, when you log into a website, 1Password will ask you if you want to save that login to your account. It’s as easy as a single click.

Once you have a login stored in your 1Password account, all you have to do is select the website you wish to log into and 1Password securely auto fills your information into the site and device.

1Password can even generate strong passwords. You won’t have to remember letter, number and special character soup and you get five-star strong password. If you have more username/password combinations than you know what to do with (and most of us do), 1Password is an indispensable tool.


Can you hear me?

Many people suffer from hearing loss and most don’t even know they have it. And there are some who know they have hearing loss, but they refuse to seek treatment because hearing aids are difficult to fit to their needs and they’re reluctant to travel to a hearing center. A mere 1 out of 40 people with hearing loss seek treatment. Mimi wants to change that.

Mimi, a new app for your smartphone, offers a quick hearing test. If you happen to have hearing loss, you can choose from different hearing enhancement profiles so you can pick a personalized aid for you. But Mimi goes further than that. This app can convert your smartphone into a hearing aid with the optimal settings for the user.

Not a fan of walking around with their smartphone connected to something out of your ear? No problem. Mimi offers a hands-free device that hooks around your ear and that downloads the information from the app. For a small monthly fee, Mimi can alleviate hearing loss for everyone. And that’s always good news to for ears.


We all need many second chances in our lives. Even though this is a universal fact, not many of us are willing to grant a second chance. Defy Ventures does.

Based in New York City, Defy gives men and women with criminal histories the tools and opportunity to reinvent themselves. As Defy claims, “We’re all ex-somethings.” Fortunately, these criminal exes come with skill sets and talents akin to many top business leaders, and Defy redirects these talents through a unique and intense internship program.

Defy’s Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) harness their leadership skills, undertake a business program that rivals many of the country’s MBA curriculums and receive job counseling and career placement. In short, these EITs earn their second chance to succeed as income earners, entrepreneurs and role models.

Defy has had 600 graduates in the past five years and 98% of their alumna are employed. These EITs break their patterns as less than 5% suffer from recidivism. Some EITs have even received seed capital grants and loans to start their own ventures by winning a series of business plan competitions.

Defy Ventures is a nonprofit organization that is privately funded by executives, foundations and other generous donors. Help them continue their good work.


Wow best describes Lix, a new 3D-printing pen.

A prior attempt at a 3D-printing pen, the 3Doodler, was designed by toy makers and focused more on the fun of drawing in mid-air with little thought on practicality. Lix takes this idea to a whole new level. Or plane of existence if you will. It connects to your computer via a standard USB port and its light weight and sleek, pen-like shape makes it feel more like a professional tool.

As the title 3D-printing pen implies, Lix does the work of a 3D-printer through a much smaller, easier to use device. It melts plastic and allows you to create free-standing works of art and design. “We have created a slick looking and professional creative tool,” says co-founder Anton Suvorov. “Lix 3D printing pen opens new possibilities to many other industries such as for stylists, architects, designers and anybody who are interested in 3D printing.”

Lix is the next logical step in design. We don’t live in a two-dimensional world. Why would we draw in 2D?