Since last posting on Stories.coop, DotCoop has grown and the number of domain users continues to increase.
DotCoop has a small team based both in Oxford and in the U.S. There are currently five permanent team members:
Managing Director – Violetta Nafpaktiti
Head of Marketing – Lance Wolak
Senior Customer Service Advisor and Registry Operator – Finn McCullagh
Marketing Coordinator and Community Officer – Tom Ivey
Administrative Officer – Alex Green
DotCoop is working hard to help build the global cooperative awareness under the tagline “elevate your cooperative identity”, alongside building a community of domain re-sellers in partnership with regional organisations. This will ensure as we go into the new decade it will be easier than ever before to register a .coop name. DotCoop takes part in many international events throughout the year and the team are always ready and willing to talk about the .coop domain, the cooperative Identity and the best ways the cooperative community can make itself visible on the world stage.
DotCoop was set up in 2001 by the Midcounties Cooperative to manage the .coop TLD through a subsidiary – Midcounties Co-operative Domains. In 2012, Midcounties Co-operative Domains became Domains.coop, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ICA. Domains.coop Ltd is headquartered in Oxford, UK.
The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) each own 50% of DotCooperation LLC, headquartered in Washington DC. In 2017, DotCoop LLC became the owner of Domains.coop Ltd., an accredited registrar that, alongside other registrar businesses, retails the .coop domain. Domains.coop records and maintains the contact and technical information that makes up the registration and provides the technical information to the central directory or ‘registry’.