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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.

NamesCon Auction Now Live on GoDaddy Auctions

NamesCon is going to look much, much different this year. Not only is the event being held exclusively online, but it is also being held in September instead of January. One other major change is that the NamesCon domain name auction will be held on GoDaddy Auctions this year, and it appears that the auction is being run entirely in-house.

GoDaddy’s Joe Styler tweeted that the NamesCon auction is now live on GoDaddy Auctions. To access the auction, visit GoDaddy Auctions and choose the NamesCon Auction in the Popular Searches dropdown menu:

GoDaddy Launches First .GoDaddy Website

In April of this year, GoDaddy announced that it would be acquiring Neustar’s registry business. Neustar has operated and offers back-end services for more than 215 domain name extensions, including .US, .CO, .NYC, .Biz, and a number of other extensions. The acquisition closed yesterday, and the Neustar registry business is now owned by GoDaddy. The division is now known as GoDaddy Registry, and it is led by Nicolai Bezsonoff, who was formerly Senior Vice President and General Manager of Neustar’s Registry business.

Afternic Should Offer 2FA

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Domain name theft is a big issue for domain investors. I strongly recommend that investors and other domain registrants enable 2 factor authentication (2FA) on their domain registrar accounts to help secure them. Most domain registrars offer at least one form of 2FA, and several offer multiple forms of 2FA, including text message, authentication app, key fob, Yubikey, among others.

AngelCity.com Acquired for $60,000

According to an article in the New York Times a little over a week ago, a new professional US women’s soccer team has been established. The NWSL expansion team will begin playing during the 2022 season, and it will call Los Angeles its home. A number of famous women make up the ownership group, including Mia Hamm, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, and many others. The franchise will be known as Angel City.

WashingtonFootball.com Acquired by Washington Football Team

The NFL football team formerly known as the Washington Redskins has acquired the WashingtonFootball.com domain name. Redskins.com is now forwarding to WashingtonFootball.com, and the NFL team’s Twitter profile now includes a link to WashingtonFootball.com. Details about the domain name sale was reported by the former registrant, Cal Spears, CEO at Better Collective Tennessee.

According to a tweet from Spears, the NFL team privately acquired the domain name from him using a broker from GoDaddy. He had owned WashingtonFootball.com for 8 years:

GoDaddy Gave Account Credit for Auction Purchases

I was pretty surprised when I came across a NamePros thread last week about a GoDaddy program I was neither aware of nor had I heard about. Apparently, there was a rewards program that gave GoDaddy account credit for buying GoDaddy products and services. What stood out to me was that this apparently included purchasing domain names in auction at GoDaddy Auctions.

Here’s what the NamePros member shared about the GoDaddy Pro program:

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