In the devastating wake of Hurricane Irma the Fort Lauderdale, Florida based headquarters of .CLUB Domains has sustained extensive damage. The destructive wrath of Irma tore off a vast portion of the building’s roof, destroying most all of the domain name registrar’s contents within.
“Literally, it looks like a bomb went off,” said Colin Campbell, Founder and CEO of .CLUB Domains. “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.”
The standalone building in the up and coming Progresso/Flagler area in Fort Lauderdale 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,” added Mr. Campbell. “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. 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. 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.”
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 re-constructed.
According to .CLUB Domains, the word ‘Club’ in English is widely used and recognized globally by existing clubs and small businesses. With over 140 million .COM and .NET names already registered businesses looking for good, brandable names would 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 domain name might be a good choice for any business creating a community.