.CLUB Domains LLC
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|Industry:||New gTLD Applicant|
|Headquarters:||1640 West Oakland Park Boulevard #304|
Oakland Park, Fl, 33311
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.CLUB Domains LLC is applying to run the .club gTLD within ICANN's new gTLD program. Its mission is to more adequately serve clubs and associations, which it believes are not adequately represented by current gTLD offerings such as .com and .org. The entity is one of the first public applicants within the program given that many potential applicants have kept their own plans under wraps, this public presence has allowed them to create excitement around the potential extension and elicit support from those interested. This support has also taken the form of fundraising to aid in the successful acquisition and delegation of the string, initial application related financing was secured, and contingent financing to ensure that .CLUB Domains wins the extension in a potential auction has also been secured.
The organization has operations in the USA, Canada, Ukraine, and the Philippines.
.CLUB Domains LLC filed their application with ICANN on the first possible day, January 12th, 2012. The organization is aware of several competitive bids for the .club extension and believes that these bidders have no intentions of running an actual registry; .CLUB Domains LLC has expressed no interest in bargaining with them and prefers to win the extension in an open auction.
.club has the potential to be a well-sought after TLD given that clubs come in all sorts of sizes, and that belonging to a given club is something that individuals and companies often take great pride in. It also has the added benefit of being an English word that is often used as is, in its English form, in other languages such as French, Spanish, and Italian.
.CLUB Domains LLC was started by successful, serial entrepreneur Colin Campbell. His previous endeavors include founding both Tucows (1998) and Hostopia (2000), and acting as the founding director of The Canadian Internet Registry Association (CIRA). He has also served as the Director of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP).
His companies have received a number of awards and recognized distinctions, including: Profit magazine's 7th fastest growing company in Canada (1997), 2nd fastest growing company in Canada (1998), #1 fastest growing company (2005) and Inc magazine's top 500 fastest growing companies (2005).