Does the tld really matter? My hunch is that .io is perceived as a toy product TLD and .com is where 'real' business is done?
This kind of sentiment sucks though because other startups probably see it as well and will needlessly shell out cash for a .com.
we spent 10.5k :)
When I worked for clients they used to really push hard for a .com. They'd rather have a 25 character .com than use anything else. My guess is that they only trust .com.
.com is simple and guaranteed to work. By that I mean both with humans (who just assume '.com' is the thing that goes in the location bar) and with computers (Interac e-transfers, a way of moving money in Canada by sending to an email address, don't work with .photography domains).
its okay for conferences and dev related things, but I wouldn't start a business on it now.
its not a name you should give your company if you want to last say 10 or 50 years
in germany there are all these companies called 24 like http://www.immobilienscout24.de/ because back in the 90s this was the trendy german website thing. now it just sounds silly