GoDaddy sits on sideline for Super Bowl 50

So long Super Bowl 50, there will be no pumped up Danika Patrick, Jean Claude Van Dam doing the splits in mid-air or a supermodel making out with a geek. GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar, will put their game day commercials on the sidelines- the first time since 2005, according to AdAge. Elizabeth Driscoll Vice President, … Read more

Finding your secret sauce to success with Betsy Rafael – GoDaddy Women in Tech series

“Everyone’s journey is different. Everyone’s skill set is different. Everyone’s secret sauce to success is different,” Betsy Rafael, GoDaddy Board Member and former Chief Accounting Officer Apple said at the GoDaddy Women in Tech speaker series. Rafeal shared her inspiring recipe about discovering your secret sauce through leadership, collaboration and mentoring.   While not everyone might … Read more

SiteLock develops security WordPress plugin for GoDaddy customers

Small businesses to personal bloggers and everyone inbetween who uses GoDaddy will now have more convenient access to analyzing their site’s security. Website security solutions company SiteLock and GoDaddy have partnered to introduce a new WordPress plugin with their security services for customers. “We’ve [partnered] with SiteLock for a year and a half now and have been … Read more

Arizona makes workhorses—not unicorns—and that’s a good thing

Guest Blog by Hamid Shojaee, founder Axosoft, Pure Chat & AZTB The Bay Area is overrun with horses—unicorns to be exact. And while I wish I was referring to the horned, majestic creatures of lore, I’m actually talking about privately-held startups that have $1 billion or higher valuations. Venture investor Aileen Lee coined the term … Read more

CEO GoDaddy gets props from Grace Hopper '15 goers

Last year at the Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) in Phoenix the “Male Allies” panel consisting of execs from Facebook, GoDaddy, Google and Intuit was less than well received. It got so bad that the audience started heckling the speakers and Twitter blew up from attendees criticizing how these men … Read more

GoDaddy prevails in Hollywood lawsuit

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, won a cybersquatting feud that started in 2010 brought on by the Academy of Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as first reported by Jonathan Stempel of Reuters The Academy accused GoDaddy of bad faith by allowing customers who purchased domains with AMPAS trademarked names such … Read more

GoDaddy acquired public cloud customer base of Apptix for $22.5M

Apptix, a business communication and security solution for mid-market and enterprise customers, cashed a $22.5 million check from GoDaddy for the purchase of their direct public and multi-tenant cloud customer base. Chris Damvakaris, VP of Sales and Business Development, said that Apptix is moving away from email services and was looking for a longer term solution … Read more

.WTF? GoDaddy releases quirky domain gTLDs

Gone are the days of .com’s monopoly over domain name extensions. Now, there are hundreds available for purchase including extensions like .club, .news, and even .wtf. “At GoDaddy we have over 310 [domain extensions] launched so its been a busy year for everyone here,” GoDaddy senior director of product marketing Theresa Geraghty said. “The customers … Read more

Over 100 AZ companies make 2015 Inc. 5000 List

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Inc. 5000 released their 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America. These companies are determined by their percentage of revenue growth over a period of four years. A total of 109 Arizona companies made the list, with 84 of those being located in Phoenix and surrounding areas. … Read more

CODE, a quest for an inclusive society – interview director Robin Hauser Reynolds & CEO GoDaddy Blake Irving

One could feel the pulsating energy and sense of empowerment fill the room during the prescreening of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap at the GoDaddy campus. CEO GoDaddy and executive producer of CODE, Blake Irving, hosted the film for his employees followed by a panel discussion with director Robin Hauser Reynolds. Inspired by … Read more

POTUS Demo Day promotes diversity, AZ companies recognized

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Only 1% of America’s venture capital-backed startups are led by African Americans, and only 3% are led by women. This has to change. Today, President Obama is hosting the first White House Demo Day, promoting diversity across all industries for women and minorities. The event is giving 30 entrepreneurs and startups … Read more

GoDaddy reports strong Q1

GoDaddy, the world’s leading technology provider for small businesses, today reported a strong Q1 for 2015. An increase in revenue and growth in their customer base has led to promising financial results. Q1 ended March 31, one day before the #ItsGoTime company went IPO. Related: It’s Go IPO Time – GoDaddy stock up 31% from … Read more

GoDaddy launches one-stop-shop for website developers

For professional website developers and designers, managing your customer’s website just got easier. GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small business, today announced two new products, GoDaddy WebPro and four new full-featured plans for Managed WordPress hosting. GoDaddy SVP and GM of Hosting and Security, Jeff King said, “We think about half of small … Read more

Anita Borg Institute ranks GoDaddy as top company for women in tech

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, announced the Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index and Arizona’s own GoDaddy was listed amongst the likes of Rackspace Hosting and Salesforce. BNY Mellon took home the overall win. ABI evaluated 35 technology companies, 435,000 technical employees and … Read more

It's Go IPO Time – GoDaddy stock up 31% from opening price

This isn’t an April Fool Joke, GoDaddy finally announced its IPO on the New York Stock exchange and within hours the stock rose 31 percent. Under the ticker symbol “GDDY”, GoDaddy’s class A common stock launched to the public at a quoted $20 dollars a share, fluctuated throughout the day between $25.49 and $26.84, and … Read more

GoDaddy files new IPO papers

GoDaddy, a leading small business solutions provider, is getting closer to an initial public offering (IPO) this week with plans to price shares at $17 to $19 and plans to offer 22 million shares in all. The website host and Internet domain registrar aims to raise as much as $418 million with the planned IPO. … Read more

Phoenix Startup Week ignites Valley – wrap up video

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley, M.A. and photo and video contributions by Thomas Hawthorne Starry eyed entrepreneurs flocked to events across the Valley during Phoenix Startup Week- a weeklong event which consisted of over 130 events, several happy hours and a plethora of speakers giving vital information about how to run a successful startup. [youtube]http://youtu.be/07IhjxwC2e4[/youtube] The … Read more

GoDaddy appoints new chief customer officer and chief marketing officer

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small business, announced the addition of a new position Chief Customer Officer (CCO) with the responsibility to align the company’s products, services and engagement models with strategy needs and values of GoDaddy’s customer base, and the appointment to CCO and Chief Marketing Officer. Barb Rechterman, formerly the CMO, is switching … Read more