Company also completes $7 Million funding to build registry

for clubs all over the world

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – June 6, 2013 — The Internet domain game got a new player today as .Club Domains, LLC has won the rights to the new generic top level domain (gTLD) name .CLUB.   The .CLUB name was obtained in the first private auction to be completed since ICANN began the new gTLD process and signals a historic step forward as the global Internet expands beyond the current 21 generic top-level domain names, including .com and .net.

 

The company also announced that it has exercised its option to complete a $7 million funding round, paving the way for .Club’s CEO Colin Campbell, the founder of Tucows and Hostopia, to bring his experience building and growing successful technology and Internet companies to this next frontier of Internet domains.

 

“We are thrilled to have won the first gTLD private auction and now be in a position to ensure that .CLUB is one of the first new generic domain names to come to market worldwide,” said Campbell.  “We believe that very few new domain names carry the inherent marketing message and global recognition that the name ‘club’ represents.  What .COM has done for companies, .CLUB will do for membership organizations of all sizes.” Campbell noted that .CLUB has consistently been among the top 20 new generic TLD’s across numerous pre-registration sites.

 

With the auction for the name now complete, subject to ICANN application approval, .CLUB will be among the first new generic TLD’s to come to market. Domains like http://www.golf.club, http://www.poker.club, and http://www.book.club should hit the market in late 2013 or early 2014.  In addition to acting as the worldwide .CLUB registry, the company has plans to offer .CLUB domain name registrants a web and mobile social platform designed specifically for member engagement and management, making it easy for clubs of any kind to establish themselves on the internet.

 

“I created .Club Domains with the vision to help bring together people who have similar ideas, hobbies, or interests and create the easiest way to find, join or start a club on the internet,” added Campbell.  “Names with the .CLUB extension will allow any kind of affinity group, hobbyists, sports enthusiasts and more to easily find or create a site where like-minded people can come together, get information and share interests.”

 

Campbell, the founder of Tucows and Hostopia, is a Toronto-born serial entrepreneur based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  .CLUB is one of the new top level domain names applied for since ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) opened the application process in January 2012.  The other participants in the .CLUB auction were Donuts Inc, who has applied for 306 new gTLD names, and Merchant Law Group, who applied for eight domains.  .CLUB is the only name applied for by .Club Domains.  Major companies and brands including, Google, Amazon, Nike and others have also applied for new gTLD names.

 

About .Club Domains, LLC

Led by Internet entrepreneur Colin Campbell, whose prior successes include Tucows Interactive and Hostopia.com, .Club Domains, LLC was formed for the purpose of becoming the .CLUB gTLD registry.  Fully understanding the inherent marketing value of a .CLUB domain for any membership organization, .Club Domains is also building a comprehensive social platform for club management.  .Club Domains is a one-stop shop for clubs of all sizes to secure a great domain, grow club membership, improve member engagement and reduce management costs.  By combining an easy to use web services platform with a top level domain based on a globally recognized term, .CLUB is “the easiest way to find, join or start a club.”  More information and pre-registration of .CLUB domains is available now at http://www.dotclub.com.

 

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Contact Information:

 

Bridgette King

For .Club Domains Public Relations

954.937.9616

Bridgette@getthescoop.com

 

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(Fort Lauderdale, Florida. May 29th, 2013) .Club Domains, LLC an applicant for the new top level domain, .CLUB, has signed the applicant auction agreement with Innovative Auctions Limited from Hong Kong to participate in an auction in early June. .Club Domains, LLC is currently in contention for “.CLUB” with Koko Manor, LLC who’s parent is Donuts, Inc. and Merchant Law Group, LLC.

 

According to .Club Domain, LLC’s founder Colin Campbell, “From the beginning of the ICANN process for new gTLD’s we have been focused on obtaining the .Club name, and we are looking forward to resolving contention through a private auction. Win or lose, we believe this private auction approach allows us to either acquire the name at a fair market value, or be fairly compensated for our efforts.”

 

The company’s founder added, “We are happy to announce the successful raise of 3.5 million dollars for the purpose of acquiring and launching the .CLUB name.” The funding was raised in a private placement sold to “accredited investors” as defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D under the securities act.

 

About .Club Domains, LLC

 

Led by Internet entrepreneur Colin Campbell, whose prior successes include Tucows Interactive and Hostopia.com, .Club Domains, LLC was formed for the purpose of becoming the “.CLUB” gTLD registry.

Jeff Sass, an experienced technology, mobile and entertainment executive has joined .CLUB. He has co-founded and run mobile commerce and technology companies and he has written and produced for film and television.

Jeff is co-founder of Social Object Factory and recently served as VP, Chief Evangelist for mobile entertainment company Myxer. A frequent speaker and panelist at mobile, music and digital media events, Jeff has had articles published in AdAge Digital, DMNews, Mobile Marketer, iMedia Connection, Forbes and others. Jeff has served on the MMA’s Education and Evangelism Committee and is a founding Board Member of the Mobile Internet Content Coalition (MICC). He is also an instructor for the University of San Francisco’s online mobile marketing program.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have someone with his knowledge and experience in marketing join the club.” states Colin Campbell, CEO of .CLUB Domains, LLC. Jeff will be running the sponsorship in Prague. Feel free to stop by the booth and meet our latest addition to the .CLUB

A recognized blogger and social media enthusiast, Jeff served as a Sony DigiDad and an Intel Advisor. He has been co-editor and writer for Dadomatic.com since 2008 and is a co-host of the Cast of Dads podcast. Jeff’s blogs include Sassholes.com, SocialNetworkingRehab.com and WunderkindPodcast.com. For more info than you can ever need about Jeff, please visit www.jeffreysass.com.

Jeff joins our seasoned executive team including Howard Bell, former V.P. Operations Hostopia, Steve Gallers, former CFO at  Myxer, and Dirk Bhagat, former CTO at Hostopia.

Why .Club chose to partner with DigitalArcheryExperts.com?

Quite frankly for us there is too much at stake for .Club to wait.

Although a niche top level domain that is not expected to generate a lot of domains compared to some of the “big ones”, we have developed a platform to help clubs manage and run their online presence. After building the worlds number #1 wholesale platform at Hostopia we learned what it takes to truly put together a system that operates worldwide. We have invested a substantial sum in putting together our platform and believe that it is necessary for us to find the best possible solution to get us out sooner rather later.

We can handle the time frame ICANN setup for the auction, but to delay our platform for another 2 or 3 years would be devastating to our team that have worked so hard on it. Putting together a solution for Digital Archery over the last few months has not been easy. Nor has it been cheap. It was for this reason that we decided to allow a limited number of other applicants to share in the first batch success.

Truth is, we have been overwhelmed with inquires from companies and organizations and I fear we will not be able to help everyone. For the life of me I can not understand why ICANN simply did not auction the spots or create another mechanism to handle this. This is akin to a ship without enough life boats. Lets just hope that those companies that need to get launched find a way and those that don’t opt-out.

Colin Campbell
Chairman, CEO, .Club Domains, LLC.

Peter LaMantia • At Digital Archery Experts (DAE), qualifying for batch one is the only measure of success. As such, our offer is a success fee of $20K. Anything less than qualifying a client for batch one, will result in no cost to the client.

DAE is affiliated with .CLUB DOMAINS. At .CLUB, we are laser focused for success and have spared no expense to address any challenge with contingencies that ICANN may present. It is paramount for .CLUB to achieve batch one. We will not fail and invite a limited number of clients on a first come / first served basis to share in that success.

Our technology team is lead by Dirk Bhagat, former CTO at Hostopia.com who brings to bear significant technical prowess unmatched in the industry. This is not drop catching; this is one shot firing from one moving platform to another moving platform with millisecond precision.

Regarding the uncertainty: ICANN is expected to provide specifications shortly and we will be prepared to adjust with contingencies considered and then calibrate the system based on final specifications. Any applicant interested in learning how we can hit a Batch One Bullseye are invited to contact me.

.Club plans on being one of the first to launch a new top level domain. “We strongly believe that the gTLDs in the first batch will gain greater exposure than those that are included in subsequent batches.”  Colin’s has co-founded four internet infrastructure companies including: Tucows.com (TCX) , Internet Direct (TSX: IDX),  and Hostopia.com (TSX: H). He remains a partner at Geeksforless.com, that currently employs over  600 programmers.  “Getting out first was critical for us, and just too important for us to consider outsourcing. And given the substantial six figure investment, we felt that it would be prudent to allow a limited number of other customers use the identical solution that we created for .club and share in the success of getting into the first batch.”

Press Release                                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Lauderdale, Florida                                                                                                 May 30, 2012

Digital Archery Experts, LLC launches advanced digital archery service for a limited number of new gTLD applicants.

Digital Archery Experts (DAE) is pleased to release its digital archery service designed to secure new gTLD applicants a first batch position in the ICANN secondary time stamp competition.  DAE is an affiliated company with .CLUB DOMAINS, LLC one of the new gTLD applicants. “Qualifying for batch one is critical for our business as it will be for other gTLD applicants,” states Colin Campbell, CEO for .CLUB and business partner with Digital Archery Experts.  “We are making the same advanced technical solution that .Club will be using available to a select group of additional gTLD’s,” Campbell explained.

Digital Archery Experts is only accepting a limited number of clients to ensure the solution’s advantage is not compromised by allowing hundreds of other gTLD applicants to use the advanced technology solution.  “Our mission is to qualify DAE clients for batch one,” says business partner, Peter LaMantia. “We are taking clients on a first come / first served basis with a simple offer; we either succeed in qualifying clients for the first batch or they do not pay us one red cent.”

The Digital Archery Experts solution is designed to consistently strike within milliseconds of the target and was developed by some of the most skilled networking and software minds in the world.  “We have been preparing to execute a digital archery solution as a contingency for .CLUB for several months and now that it is a reality, with our systems in place, we know we can hit the bullseye,” says former Hostopia.com CTO and DAE Partner, Dirk Baghat.

The final details of the secondary time stamp solution will be released to clients in the coming days. New gTLD applicants interested in using the DAE solution are invited to visit www.digitalarcheryexperts.com and contact us to secure their batch one position.

About Digital Archery Experts

Digital Archery Experts was formed for the purpose of deploying a network and software solution to deliver a secondary time stamp batch one bullseye for TLD applicants.  The DAE leadership team of Dirk Bhagat, Colin Campbell and Peter LaMantia are the team that built the world’s leading provider of wholesale web service solutions for telcos and leading communication service providers, and subsequently sold to Deluxe Corp for $124 million in 2008. DAE is affiliated with .CLUB DOMAINS, LLC, the applicant company for the new TLD .CLUB.

For More Information

Contact:      Peter LaMantia

Email:         peter@digitalarcheryexperts.com

Phone:        416-821-3225

.CLUB Domains, LLC. launched the first of many advertisements designed to inform users, clubs and the rest of the world that a new top level domain will be launching shortly. “We believe that everyone belongs in a .CLUB that allows them to share interests and passions with other like minded individuals.” states CEO, Colin Campbell.

“It has been a real pleasure working on this original animation with the Jamie Grant”, head of Grin Inc. at LionShare.ca, a Toronto ad agency. “Jamie understands the vision of where we are going with .CLUB. This is not just about great domain names, but also about creating, building and launching a platform to offer the easiest way to find, join or start a club on the internet.”