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AZ Tech Beat | October 27, 2020

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Local CEO “Hell-Bent” on Helping Small Businesses

Local CEO “Hell-Bent” on Helping Small Businesses
Tishin Donkersley


The largest domain name, Web hosting and SSL certificate provider GoDaddy entered into an agreement to acquire Locu, a San-Francisco-based company and designer of the menu dashboard that helps restaurants “get found” online. Locu was recently integrated into GoDaddy’s Website builder, allowing the restaurant owner to control the ability to automatically create, manage and update their menu and service lists via smartphone or desktop computer without a website designer.

For example, if a restaurant needs to update their menu, they can simply drag and drop the new information, click, save and done-all the information is then updated to all platforms and shared on the restaurant’s social media outlets. Locu currently has partnerships with Trip Advisor, Yelp, Open Table and Foursquare, among others.

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving comments on the agreement, “Locu epitomizes what GoDaddy is all about – both companies are hell-bent on helping the ‘little guy’ thrive on the Internet.”

Recently, GoDaddy announced plans for expansion with their Global Technology Center, a 150,000 sq. ft. facility located in Tempe; an additional 1,300 employees, including engineers, developers and customer care representative positions are expected to be filled. In addition, GoDaddy is also considering IPO in 2014, read about it here.

On the heels of this announcement, local company Pinnacle Cart, an eCommerce software leader that helps small-to-enterprise business design, develop and manage their webstores, released their enhancements for Summer 2013 which includes online postage and shipping with, payments through PayPal’s Bill Me Later, an integration with a cloud-based tax solution, as well as Exactor, Bongo and Avalara.

Recently appointed CEO, Michael Wolf states, “Ensuring our customers have access to solutions that are reliable and scalable, is important for their success this holiday season and for years to come.” Wolf, the co-founder of VIASOFT, was appointed as CEO to Pinnacle Cart in July 2013 and brings over 25 years in the computer software industry to the position. Read our exclusive coverage on his appointment here.

Read more about Pinnacle Cart here.

Read more about GoDaddy here.