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 Click to view this email in a browser ►                                                                                              JANUARY 2013   l   VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1
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We're LIVE!  
.CLUB Joins The 100 First New gTLDs Delegated To The Internet Root

It's official! .CLUB has been delegated to the Root of the Internet. This means that now browsers will be able to recognize web addresses ending in .CLUB.  After a process that has taken more than two years (not to mention a great deal of hard work, patience -- and money -- the very first working website with a .club extension is now live and working: www.nic.club.  As required by ICANN, every registry must first launch with their own website at the address www.nic.TLD.  On or around March 8th 2014 other websites with the .CLUB extension can begin to go live as well.  

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If you are interested in being a part of our FOUNDER'S CLUB program and being among the first .CLUB websites to go live in March, please CLICK HERE.

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Attention Brands, Corporations and Trademark holders: the Trademark Sunrise period for .CLUB has begun!  Now is the time to register your trademark.club name to ensure you own and protect your brand's community and, as important, make sure you have your trademark.club name as the perfect address for your company loyalty, affinity or reward program, or even to point to your Social Networking community.

Make sure you are registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) in order to participate in the .CLUB (and any other) Sunrise period.  Sunrise for .CLUB begins today and ends on March 29, 2014.



NamesCon FTW!


Nearly 600 movers and shakers (and a few gamblers) descended upon the newly renovated Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas for the innaugural NamesCon conference.  Kudos to organizers Richard Lau, Jodi Chamberlain and Jothan Frakes for organizing a great event. Our own Colin Campbell was on a panel to talk about .CLUB and the new domain name landscape.

At the event, .CLUB and SEDO held a drawing for $5,000 in credits toward a .CLUB premium name.  A hugh crowd turned out for the chance to win and get a great deal on a .CLUB name. Congratulations to our winners, Daniel Braisted of DidISayThat.biz, Bill Lozada of Mangiarotti and Cate Colgan of NameYourStartup.com.

In The News 

Boston Globe looks at the Biggest digital real-estate boom
.CLUB announces 50 registrar partners for launch   
Dot Chinese Online & Dot Chinese Website sets up a strong global distribution network  
OpenSRS comes up with 7 Indicators to rate gTLD's
» How do we choose what new gTLDs to support?
So which is your favorite new extension?
As it turned out, the area of the Tropicana Hotel where NamesCon took place (and where many of the attendees were staying) was aptly called the "Club Tower."  Somehow, in the middle of the night, a big red DOT appeared in front of the word CLUB and for the duration of NamesCon everyone was welcome to the .CLUB Tower!  See, CLUB is everywhere!

The .CLUB Founder's Club

Applications are now being accepted for the .CLUB Founder’s Club. Companies and individuals accepted for the Founder’s Club program will have the opportunity to be among the very first to go “live” with a working www.yourname.club web address, and will benefit from the extensive advertising and marketing around the launch of the .CLUB top level domain.

Benefits to Members:
  • Special Pricing/Availability consideration for .CLUB Premium Names (subject to usage and exposure commitments).
  • Inclusion in .CLUB’s launch marketing (Mentions in Ads, Press Releases, Events, etc.)
  • First to market advantage.  Ability to use a .CLUB name and website prior to General Availability.
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 Will 2014 be the year of .CLUB ?

From the .CLUB Blog: What a journey it has been!  Year after year we waited for ICANN to deregulate and open up the domain space so that consumers, businesses and communities could get a great domain name that actually represented what they did.  Year after year, we waited and waited… 

We started .CLUB Domains in 2011, years after I spent months working with Roger Collins, former owner of Afternic, to study the new extensions.  It became clear to me early on that certain top level domains would do better than others.

Our thesis formed around 4 principles: a successful top level domain needed to be short, memorable, add meaning, and NOT compete with .COM.   One domain that meets all of these requirements is .CLUB.

I have no doubt there will be a few domain extensions that do compete fairly well with .COM, but I believe the vast majority that do try to compete with the leader will fail. On the other hand there are names that have a different meaning than .COM or .ORG and those names can ultimately improve and enhance the Internet’s naming system by providing a more relevant experience online for end-users. We believe .CLUB is such a name.


Here’s my prediction for 2014:

"It will be the year of .CLUB, with .CLUB out-selling any other new generic extension in 2014."

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The DomainSherpa .CLUB 

Colin and Jeff had a chance to talk with Michael Cyger, and appear on his popular online show, “DomainSherpa.”  Featuring in-depth interviews with industry leaders and experts, for many years DomainSherpa.com has been one of the best resources available for real learning about the domain business.  An established entrepreneur himself, Michael grilled us for nearly an hour about all aspects of .CLUB.

If you are interested in the history of .CLUB and a detailed discussion of our vision for the future of .CLUB, then we hope you will enjoy watching this talk with Michael. CLICK HERE or on the image below to WATCH DOMAINSHERPA.

Special thanks to Michael for having Colin and Jeff on his show.


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The .CLUB Team takes on Asia

The .CLUB team started 2014 on the road as CEO Colin Campbell and CMO Jeff Sass toured Asia, meeting with registrars in Japan and China along with our friends and partners at TLD Registry.  From Tokyo to Beijing to Xiamen (a/k/a “Domain Island) it was amazing to see the word “CLUB” recognized and used in ads, on signs and throughout every country visited.  According to Colin, “The more we travel the world, the more we realize that .CLUB truly is a global brand.  The word CLUB, in English, is a common sight everywhere we go, and the many international registrars we have met, many of whom have already signed our RRA, clearly understand the widespread appeal of CLUB as a top level domain name.”
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Meet the .CLUB Team: Howard Bell

Building a new gTLD is a daunting challenge for the administrative operations of .CLUB.  Keeping everything moving forward and running smoothly makes each day exciting and filled with endless opportunities. With 20 years’ experience in the Internet and Contact Center Industries, Howard joined the .CLUB team to take charge of Operations.

Howard has previously worked with .CLUB CEO Colin Campbell at TUCOWS Interactive, Hostopia and Deluxe Corporation. 
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