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GoDaddy is a privately owned, Internet-based company that provides a variety of services including domain name registration, web hosting and e-business software sales. The company, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, was founded by Bob Parsons. Parsons previously owned a financial services software company, which he sold in the mid-1990s upon retirement. He came out of retirement in 1997 to form Jomax Technologies, the predecessor to GoDaddy.

Since it’s inception, GoDaddy has risen to become the largest domain registrar in the world, with tens of million of domains registered to its clients. The company ranks as the world’s largest ICANN-accredited registrar; it’s approximately four times larger than its nearest competition. Recent corporate acquisitions include Outright, Locu, Afternic, and Media Temple.

GoDaddy has redefined Internet hosting services, and it has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and accolades. Among these awards are the 2001 Arizona BBB award for Business Ethics and the 2011 SC Magazine award for Best Security Team. In 2011, it ranked number four in the Phoenix Business Magazine list of “Best Places to Work in the Valley” and it made the 2012 Forbes list of “Best 100 Companies to Work For.”

Known for its sometimes controversial commercials and interesting spokespersons, GoDaddy also sponsors a number of charitable causes in support of domestic violence and child abuse awareness, and sports events, including NASCAR and the Super Bowl. In 2013, the company shifted its advertising strategy to focus more on small to medium sized business owners (SMB). Reflecting this change, its commercials and advertising materials shifted from “sexy” to smart.

#AdvoChat with Laura Messerschmitt on March 2


On March 2, GoDaddy Vice President of Customer Experience Laura Messerschmitt will be participating in a Twitter #AdvoChat discussion. The AdvoChat begins at 11am Pacific time (2pm on the east coast). The topic of discussion is "How to Identify and Grow an Army of Advocates."

According to the #AdvoChat website, "#AdvoChat is a Twitter chat to connect, learn and share tips about brand advocacy and customer experience." People can post questions and comments using the #AdvoChat hashtag, and Laura will lead a discussion and answer questions. The target audience for this #AdvoChat is marketers who are looking to set up advocacy programs at their companies. With GoDaddy playing such a big role in the domain name business (and IS the domain name business to many people), I think it will be educational to see what Laura has to → Read More

GoDaddy Hiring Senior Product Manager for Domain Search


GoDaddy LogoMike McLaughlin, Executive Vice President of Domains at GoDaddy posted a job opportunity on LinkedIn that I want to share with you. GoDaddy is looking to hire a Senior Product Manager for Domain Search Experience. The job opening is based out of the company's Sunnyvale, California office. This job seems to be a combination of technical search expertise with a bit of marketing experience.

Here's the description of what role the new hire will play: (more…) → Read More

Joe Styler Comments on GoDaddy 2 Factor Authentication Updates


GoDaddy LogoI think having 2 factor authentication (2FA) enabled on domain registrar accounts is of utmost importance at those registrars that offer it. Some registrars use Google Authenticator, others utilize a separate security fob of some sort, and others use text message alerts.

GoDaddy just updated its 2 factor authentication system, and I think it is important for domain investors who use GoDaddy to know about what changed and how it changed. In a thread on NamePros, Joe Styler, the Aftermarket Product Manager at GoDaddy, mentioned that GoDaddy made some updates to its 2FA security. I reached out to Joe, and he shared some additional information and insight about the updates, what prompted them, and how these changes will impact customers.

Here's what Joe told me: (more…) → Read More in Auction at GoDaddy

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It seems that whenever there is a Presidential election in the US, there are people who call for the President's impeachment. We are at a divisive time in US history, and despite the fact that President Donald Trump has been in office less than a month, there are people who would like to see the President impeached. For those who are on that side, the perfect domain name is in auction right now.

The domain name is currently in auction at GoDaddy Auctions. There have been two bids placed in the auction, and the current high bid is already at $1,524. The starting bid was $1,499. There is approximately one day remaining in the auction. There does not appear to be a reserve price that I can see, so it looks like the high bidder will win the auction.

This is not a typical expiring domain name auction at GoDaddy as (more…) → Read More

5 Super Bowl Sunday Thoughts and Updates


Super Bowl Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year. Either my team (New England Patriots), is playing in the Super Bowl, or I am excited to hang out with friends and watch the commercials. Whatever the case is, the Super Bowl is usually played right in the middle of the Winter. This means that the days are starting to get longer and I can begin looking forward to the Spring. I love the Winter in Boston, but I am very happy when it is over.

This evening, Tom Brady will be playing to win his fifth Super Bowl. I thought I would share 5 thoughts and updates prior to the big game tonight. You are welcome to share some of your thoughts as well. (more…) → Read More

Blake Irving Discusses H-1B Visas on CNBC


Earlier this week, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving penned a highly cited article on LinkedIn discussing H-1B visas. The strong lead-in to the article shows how dire Blake believes the situation is right now: "The entire US economy is at stake with Trump’s draft work-visa order."

I don't recall seeing GoDaddy take such a leading position on a politicized topic such as this. I don't know enough about the issue to have an educated opinion right now, but I admire Blake for being brave enough to take such a public stance on the topic.

This morning, Blake made an appearance on CNBC's Squawk on the Street to discuss his position regarding H-1B visas. The video is embedded below.

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