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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.

Video: GoDaddy’s Websites + Marketing Launch Event

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GoDaddy hosted a launch event earlier today with its new CEO Aman Bhutani and spokeswoman Ayesha Curry. You will want to fast forward to about 12 minutes to catch the start of the event. The revamp of the company’s website building product with marketing tools (Websites + Marketing) is not really related to domain names, but the entrepreneurs who are GoDaddy clients need domain names for their businesses so anything GoDaddy does has an impact on investors.

Here’s a video of the live stream that concluded a short while ago:

GoDaddy to Make “Huge Product Announcement” Today

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If you visited YouTube today, you may have come across the huge GoDaddy advertising banner across the top of the website announcing a product launch event with Ayesha Curry:

I don’t have details about what will be launched or who is targeted with the launch, but here’s a description about the event found via the YouTube page:

GoDaddy Employees Say Farewell to CEO Scott Wagner

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On August 1, GoDaddy announced that its CEO Scott Wagner would have to “step down for health reasons.” Prior to the unexpected August announcement, Scott had been with the company for 6+ years, and he was well-respected and well-liked by GoDaddy employees.

As Scott departed his role last week and Aman Bhutani took over as CEO, GoDaddy employees made and shared this video tribute to honor Scott’s time at, and commitment to, GoDaddy and its employees:

Thank you Scott from Auguste Goldman on Vimeo.

GoDaddy Should Add a Year of Registration for Aftermarket Purchases

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In July, I noticed a domain name I had sold for five figures on Afternic was coming up for auction at GoDaddy Auctions. The domain name had been sold less than a year before, so it was surprising to see it had already reached expiry status. I posted a tweet mentioning that I think GoDaddy should add one year of registration after a domain name was sold via Afternic:

GoDaddy Acquires Another Portfolio from Tucows

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Over the past couple of mornings, I detected a relatively large number of domain names transferring to NameFind, the domain portfolio holding business operated by GoDaddy. I was able to detect the changes using the Registrant Monitor tool from DomainTools. Because of GDPR, I needed to use DomainTools’ Whois History tool on some of the names that changed ownership, and I was able to see that they came from the YummyNames portfolio operated by Tucows.

Could GoDaddy Add a Red Cross Banner on Abacos.com?

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The Abaco Islands in the Bahamas are a beautiful destination. As you may know, the Abacos are currently being battered by the category 5 Hurricane Dorian. The damage being done is reportedly catastrophic.

I was curious to see how Abacos.com was being used. At the present time, the registrant does not have an active website on Abacos.com. Instead, there is the standard GoDaddy landing page. As is typical with the GoDaddy landers, there is some advertising, including a “SPECIAL OFFER” banner at the top of the landing page:

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