Blake Irving AMA Recap

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I tuned in to GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving’s Reddit AMA “interview” last week, and I thought a number of good and tough questions were asked. Not surprisingly, Irving answered many of the difficult questions, which I expected, otherwise there wouldn’t have been a point to participating in the AMA in the first place.

When you have 20-30 minutes, you might want to check out full AMA to see what Irving answered and how. Even if you don’t like the company, I think it’s interesting to read since GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar and probably has the most recognizable brand in this business.

To me, as a domain investor, some of the more relevant topics he discussed included:

  • GoDaddy’s SOPA flip flopping
  • Theft of the @n Twitter account and GoDaddy’s security
  • Changes in marketing and branding
  • NSA and government activity
  • GoDaddy registering domain names search by others
  • Customer support changes
  • New domain names

In addition to these topics, Irving also discusses how he became the CEO of GoDaddy, what drove him to become the CEO, and he also shared some personal background information. All in all, I thought Irving was candid in his responses, and it seems that his AMA was well received by the Reddit crowd.

On a separate but similar topic, if you learn about a Reddit AMA with someone who you think other domain investors would have an interest in learning about, please let me know. I am not all that active on Reddit, and I wouldn’t have even known about this AMA if I didn’t come across the tweet about it.

Kudos to the people on Reddit for asking some good questions and to Irving for his candid responses.

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  1. And dropping the free instant pages, my guess is because they were free.
    jZ..i’m still finding coupon codes on namepros on page 694 if your interested, just scroll down to the bottom.

  2. Godaddy now becomes Old Daddy and this old man only wants to sit and enjoy revenues …most of GD services are going down and prices getting higher …

  3. GoDaddy is the same as any other large co-operation, business is business. Their coupons still work (Where else do you receive this service). And for domainers, they have services other registrars don’t provide. Not saying they are perfect though.

    • Main takeaway is that GoDaddy is trying to change brand perception and highlight various improvements across their biz channels. I use them for hosting on a couple of my important websites and have had very little issues with them.

    • For sure – that is excellent.

      My brief recap were the topics that mattered most to me.

      I appreciate your sharing that link because the AMA was a bit challenging to read through without missing something.

    • Elliot, what I meant to say was that the tabled version was a better alternative to trying to find the good bits amongst all the noise on the reddit page itself.

      Your brief recap was pretty good actually, and I imagine it took you a bit of time to get, if you didn’t have the tabled version.

      Cheers.

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