Dirk Bhagat

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Organization: .CLUB
Region: North America
Country: Canada
Email: dirk@nic.club
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Dirk Bhagat is an Internet and technology entrepreneur who is currently the CEO of SharkFin Networks Inc., and the CTO of .CLUB Domains LLC, which he co-founded with a longtime business partner, Colin Campbell. Prior to his current positions, Dirk also held a significant leadership position at an Internet-based company Hostopia, where he served as CTO. Dirk also serves on the board of a mobile development company, Brisk Mobile.


Dirk received his BSc in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. From 2005 until 2011, Dirk served as CTO for Hostopia.com and pioneered its technology platform through the invention of Clustering Technology and SNAP migration, which allows for the seamless migration of millions of customers. Through the SNAP technology, Hostopia was able to acquire Aplus.net, Register.com, and EarthLink. [1]

Hostopia saw success under Dirk’s leadership and technological advances for the company, and assisted in the process of taking the company to Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2006, where it raised over $29 million dollars.[2] In 2008, Dirk exited the company after it was sold to Deluxe Corporation for $124 million dollars.[3]

In 2011, Dirk became the CEO of an outdoor advertising company, SharkFin Networks,[4] which provides advertisements specifically to taxi companies, through LED specialty lighting and vehicle wrap services.[5]

Dirk also Co-founded and currently serves as the CTO of .CLUB Domains LLC,[6] the world’s highest-selling new domain name extension registry.[7] .CLUB Domains LLC owns and operates only one new domain extension, which is the .CLUB domain.