from $70k domain to $40 million venture round

Richard Lau sold domain name to company that just raised $40 million.

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Passes helps creators generate revenue from their audiences.

A creator monetization platform has raised a $40 million series A round using a great domain:

Domain name investor Richard Lau told Domain Name Wire that he sold the domain to the company in 2022 for $70,000. Once he found out Lucy Guo was behind the company he sold the domain to, he asked to convert the price into shares, making him a small investor in the company.

Guo previously co-founded Scale AI, which was valued at $7 billion.

Passes helps creators generate revenue from their audiences by offering exclusive content to paying subscribers, messaging fans, livestreaming, hosting one-on-one calls, and accepting tips. It’s similar to Patreon but pitches additional features.

The company previously raised a $9 million seed round in 2023.

Passes is a great name that makes sense for the company. As a plural word, the company was able to acquire it for less than it likely would have paid for a good singular domain.

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