.CLUB Domains LLC

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Type: Privately Held
Industry: New gTLD Applicant
Founded: 2011
Founder(s): Colin Campbell
Headquarters: 1640 West Oakland Park Boulevard #304

Oakland Park, Fl, 33311

Country: USA
Website: DotClub.com
Blog: DotClub.com/blog
Key People
Colin Campbell, Chairman & CEO
TLDs: 1
Registrations: 1,366,567

More Info: nTLDStats

.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.[1] This support has also taken the form of fundraising to aid in the successful acquisition and delegation of the string,[2] application related financing was secured, and contingent financing to ensure that .CLUB Domains wins the extension in a potential auction has also been secured.[3]

The organization has operations in the USA, Canada, Ukraine, and the Philippines.[4]

.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.[5]

.club has the potential to be a well-sought after TLD given that clubs come in all sorts of sizes and that there are countless clubs around the word, furthermore, 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.[6]


.CLUB Domains LLC was started by successful, serial entrepreneur Colin Campbell. His previous endeavors include co-founding both Tucows (1998) and Hostopia (2000), and acting as the founding director of The Canadian Internet Registry Association (CIRA).[7] He has also served as the Director of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP).

Other current projects include GeeksForLess.com, Sharkfin Networks, and Brisk Mobile.

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).[8]

Developments on .Club New gTLD Application

Collin Campbell announced in his blog that the Club Domains received funding for its.club gTLD application. He said that the financial support includes a contingency funding for an ICANN auction to ensure that the company will the bidding for .club gTLD. He also pointed out that he will not negotiate with other .club applicants. His blog reads, "Unfortunately ICANN’s process has encouraged some speculators to apply for the gTLD with no intention of actually running the top level domain but simply negotiating with legitimate operators. We have been approached by a number of companies who are applying for .Club. Our belief is that is best not to negotiate with these companies or individuals but win the name through an open and fair auction process." [9]