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RunPod Secures $20M in Seed Funding and Upgrades to 
By Monica Stankova access_time 2 min read

RunPod, a company that empowers developers to deploy custom full-stack AI applications, has secured $20M in Seed funding. The round was co-led by Intel Capital and Dell Technologies Capital, with participation from Nat Friedman, Julien Chaummond, and Adam Lewis.

RunPod started as a playground for developers and innovators, a place where they went to do their research, develop and finetune their projects; now, it boasts a community of over 100K developers. We’ve grown so quickly because RunPod strikes the perfect balance between providing developers with the freedom to launch whatever they want, while still having the necessary infrastructure and tools in place to assist in the customization, development, and deployment of differentiated products.

Zhen Lu, co-founder and CEO of RunPod

Following its successful funding round, the company has decided to secure its Exact Brand March (EBM) domain name, which redirects to While the .io domain is popular among technology startups, it doesn’t offer the same level of recognition or credibility as the more established .com extension. The .io is actually a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) assigned to the British Indian Ocean Territory and can pose certain risks and limitations as businesses grow.

Acquiring a .com domain that matches their brand name is a smart move for RunPod, making it easier for users to find them online, increasing their visibility, and safeguarding their brand identity.

RunPod Secures $20M

While it may be tempting to save money by opting for a cheaper, compromise domain name, the potential loss in terms of brand recognition and revenue should not be underestimated. Investing in a premium domain name is a smart business move that can pay off in the long run. Contact us to learn more about our premium domain options and how they can help your business grow.

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