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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.

GoDaddy Now Allowing Sign-in via Facebook and Amazon

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When I was signing in to my GoDaddy account this morning, I noticed something new on the account log-in page. GoDaddy customers can now sign in via Facebook account and Amazon account. Here’s a screenshot of the login page with the Amazon and Facebook buttons:

Did Taster Get a Great Deal on Taster.com?

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There was an article published in TechCrunch this morning about a startup called Taster, which announced an $8 million round of funding. Crunchbase shows that this company has now raised $13.1 million in total funding to date. A quick search showed me that Taster operates on the brand match Taster.com domain name.

GoDaddy Acquires Small Portfolio from Monster

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GoDaddy acquired a small domain name portfolio from Monster Worldwide via its NameFind entity. I noticed several transfers from Monster to NameFind through my DomainTools Registrant Alert email notification, and Jamie Zoch tweeted about it on Saturday:

GoDaddy Job: Aftermarket Domain Sales Account Executive

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A couple of my GoDaddy connections on LinkedIn posted a job opening that might appeal to someone with domain name brokerage experience. GoDaddy is looking to hire an Aftermarket Domain Sales Account Executive in the company’s Cambridge, Massachusetts office. The hire will work on the Afternic side of the business, handling inbound leads on domain names listed for sale via GoDaddy.

Here’s the heart of the job listing:

Gmail Service Disruption Causing Email Delay

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I noticed that my email service (via Gmail) has been running slower than usual this afternoon. I was expecting to receive a couple of important emails, and both seemed to have been delayed. I visited Google’s G Suite Status Dashboard, and it indicates there is currently a Service Disruption impacting Gmail service, although none of Google’s other services indicate a service disruption or service outage at this time:

Some of my GoDaddy Auction Buys

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I look at most of my GoDaddy Auction buys as a means of adding inventory to my portfolio. What I mean is that I don’t typically acquire gems from GoDaddy Auctions that I plan to keep until I get the right offer. They are names I can generally buy inexpensively – from around $20/each to $2k +/-. I spend more when necessary, but the idea is that I will price the names I buy anywhere from around $1k to the low five figures, depending on the name, and then regularly sell enough of these names to make the effort worthwhile.

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