As most of you know, our corporate headquarters and the majority of our employees are based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It has been a stressful few days for everyone as at times the path of this enormous storm had it bearing down directly on our home town. While the storm eventually shifted a bit more to the west side of our state, the massive size of Irma meant that the entire Florida peninsula was impacted. We were hit hard in Fort Lauderdale, but our first focus was on the safety of family and friends, so it wasn’t until later in the day today that we finally stopped by our office building, to find that large parts of the roof had been torn away, exposing our office to devastating wind and rain, pretty much ruining everything. Fortunately, while leaving us “officeless,” the impact on our ability to conduct business should be minimal, as our technical backend and servers are in Virginia, and not affected at all. Of course, our operations in China are not impacted in any way either. It will be business as usual for the Florida .CLUB team, we’ll just have to find a new place to temporarily hang our collective hats. More importantly, all of our employees are safe and sound, with relatively minimal issues. This has been a massive storm, causing massive destruction throughout the state, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted.
Here’s the press release we’re issuing and some images of the damage to our offices:
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – September 11, 2017 – In the devastating wake of Hurricane Irma the Fort Lauderdale, Florida based headquarters of .CLUB Domains, LLC sustained extensive damage. The destructive wrath of Irma tore off a vast portion of the building’s roof destroying most all of the contents within.
“Literally, it looks like a bomb went off. I couldn’t believe the damage. It’s truly a sad day for our company. We feel for everyone affected by this horrible storm and we are very fortunate as all our staff are safe,” said Colin Campbell, Founder, and CEO of .CLUB Domains.
Aerial photography demonstrates the extent of the damage as the winds sheared off almost half of the roof.
The standalone building in the up and coming Progresso/Flagler area has recently been approved for funds from the Fort Lauderdale government via the Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to launch a tech incubator under the brand Startups.Club. The building was scheduled to be renovated for completion sometime in 2018. “Many .CLUB domain names are used by Startups. Creating a working facility specifically to support startups in the Fort Lauderdale community seemed like an ideal fit, in tune with our mission, and the perfect environment to also house our global corporate headquarters.” said Campbell. “It is unfortunate we have to vacate the premises sooner than expected, but the good news is our plans to renovate and open the Startups.club facility should remain on track,” Campbell added.
“The company will find a way to operate during this period. We are hoping we can find temporary space near our damaged office. We love the Progresso/Flagler area. It’s a young creative community with a real fun vibe.” As the registry operator for the new domain name extension .CLUB, while the corporate offices were in the path of Irma’s destruction, the company’s technical platform and servers are located in Virginia and were not affected in any way. The company currently employs 17 people and has been working closely with a few Fort Lauderdale startups who will also now need to find temporary facilities until the building is repaired and reconstructed.
The word “Club” in English is widely used and recognized globally by existing clubs and small businesses, making .CLUB a logical and meaningful domain extension. With over 140 million .COM and .NET names already registered businesses looking for good, brandable names need new choices such as .CLUB. Whether for existing clubs and organizations, retail loyalty programs, sports clubs, football, basketball, tennis, golf, running and swimming clubs, fan clubs, as well as entertainment clubs, a .CLUB web address is ideal for any business creating a community.
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. With more than 1.1 million domain names sold to date .CLUB leads the pack of new domain extensions in premium sales and usage. More information and links to register .CLUB domains are available at www.get.club.
For more information contact:
Jeff Sass, CMO
.CLUB Domains, LLC.