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GoDaddy Third Quarter Results Report 17% Year Over Year Growth

GoDaddy Inc. reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, and announced the departure of Andrew Low Ah Kee, Chief Operating Officer, who is leaving to take a President role in a different segment of the technology space. A financial highlight was a growth in bookings and revenue during the quarter with 17% year over year growth, while domains revenue was $387.4 million, up 12.2%, and hosting and presence revenue was $302.4 million, up 6.1% year over year. There was also another quarter of over 400,000 new customers for the quarter, taking the total of new customers to 1 million in 2020 to date.

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GoDaddy Acquires SkyVerge to Help Everyday Entrepreneurs Sell Online with WordPress and WooCommerce

[news release] GoDaddy Inc., the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, yesterday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SkyVerge, a leading WooCommerce product developer. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Despite Pandemic’s Devastating Impact, World’s Smallest Companies Are Bullish About the Future, GoDaddy Global Study Finds

[news release] GoDaddy, the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today released the GoDaddy Global Entrepreneurship Survey which looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world’s smallest businesses. The research shows the pandemic has severely affected their businesses, with 75 percent reporting a fall-off in revenues. Yet, the findings also reveal a steely resolve by these entrepreneurs to not only survive the economic crisis but thrive.

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GoDaddy, Tucows, CentralNic Announce Positive Financial Results Benefiting From Global Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic is not hurting domain name registrars, with three of the largest, GoDaddy, CentralNic and Tucows, all announcing financial results to 30 June over the last week showing each company is doing well.

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GoDaddy Builds Coalition of Companies Including American Express, Nextdoor, PayPal, Salesforce, and Slack to Help Small Businesses Weather COVID-19

[news release] GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today announced that over 30 brands, including American Express, Nextdoor, PayPal, Salesforce, and Slack, have joined the company’s growing #OpenWeStand movement. These companies are contributing resources, tools and insights to help sustain entrepreneurs and the small and microbusinesses they operate during this challenging time.

Brands joining #OpenWeStand include: Acronis, American Express, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Avetta, BrandCrowd, Brex, ChowNow, Digital Air Strike, Evite, Gift Up!, GoFundMe, Hello Alice, Inc. Media, Kabbage, Keap, Keysight Technologies, Moneypenny, Next Insurance, Next Street, Nextdoor, PayPal, Rocket Lawyer, Ruby, Salesforce, Seed Spot, ServiceTitan, Shaw Academy, Slack, SurveyMonkey, and Zenefits.

“We’re all in uncharted territory and standing together is how we’ll emerge stronger,” said Brad Armstrong, Vice President Business Development & Corporate Development, Slack. “Together with GoDaddy, we’re proud to do our part in helping small businesses stay connected and productive no matter where they’re working from.”

The #OpenWeStand website has become a communal gathering place for entrepreneurs to learn, ask questions, lend advice, and utilize resources available to them. #OpenWeStand partners are pledging to support small businesses by contributing resources (including how-to articles and videos, webinars and virtual consultations), and discounted product/service offerings, and other relief to help them navigate the crisis.

As part of #OpenWeStand, GoDaddy has signed a corporate pledge in support of small businesses, including funneling its purchasing power to small businesses whenever possible and committing to no company layoffs for at least 90 days as the global community endures this turbulent time. Giving GoDaddy employees job security will enable them to continue to help customers while feeling safe.

“The needs and dreams of everyday entrepreneurs are at the very heart of everything we do as a company,” said GoDaddy CMO Fara Howard. “We have a duty to provide entrepreneurs with access to the resources and community spirit they crucially need today. We’ve been encouraged by the initial response to #OpenWeStand and are excited to continue to grow this movement in the weeks and months ahead.”

#OpenWeStand was created to help entrepreneurs such as Patti Curtis, owner of Fogue Studios, an open studio/art gallery for older artists in her community in Seattle, WA. When Ms. Curtis was forced to close Fogue Studios’ doors following the shelter in place order, she quickly expanded her website to make artwork that was previously only available in her gallery available for sale online. She even set up a YouTube channel that includes video tours and interviews with artists to bring her customers close to the experience they would have previously had visiting her gallery in-person.

“The past several weeks have put my creativity, flexibility and resiliency to the test,” said Ms. Curtis. “I’m proud of how I’ve been able to quickly evolve my studio and am looking forward to connecting with other entrepreneurs to share lessons learned as others seek to adapt their businesses in response to our current crisis.”

To learn more about how to contribute to the #OpenWeStand movement or join the community please visit: https://www.openwestand.org/.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy is empowering everyday entrepreneurs around the world by providing all of the help and tools to succeed online. With 19 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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GoDaddy On Why It’s Hosting B Root Servers

In a blog post this week, GoDaddy have outlined why they host B Root Servers, which are critical internet infrastructure.

It’s a bit of self-interest and a bit of helping maintaining the continued operation of the internet. In the blog post by Brian Dickson, a member of the DNS team at GoDaddy, he writes “by hosting several B Root Server instances, GoDaddy is committing to improving this service, for the benefit of itself, its own customers, and the greater Internet community.”

“The actual operation of B Root Servers is by USC/ISI, an independent organization, where GoDaddy is a hands-off partner providing the infrastructure to be operated independently by the team managing the B Root service.”

In his post, Dickson explains the DNS Root Servers and how GoDaddy is contributing by hosting B Root instances as well as providing a background of the Domain Name System (DNS) as a hierarchy and discussing the root of that hierarchy to help provide context for the various root server identities and independent operations, and to give a frame of reference for the discussion about the B Root servers.

To read the blog post by Brian Dickson in full, go to: https://au.godaddy.com/engineering/2020/01/27/b-root/

Gab Offline and Forced To Find New Registrar

Gab, the fringe right wing version of Twitter, has been forced offline after several technology companies including their domain name registrar, GoDaddy, abandoned them. The move quickly followed reports that Robert Bowers, who allegedly shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, frequented the social media service posting anti-Semitic rants and conspiracies.

While Gab took down Bowers’ account shortly after the shooting, it has now found itself struggling to stay online after several technology companies abandoned them.

Two hours before the shooting, Bowers posted in Gab that “HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

It was reported that Gab said that upon learning of the shooting suspect’s profile they immediately took “swift and proactive” action to contact law enforcement.

Gab’s domain name registrar GoDaddy gave them 24 hours to find a new host and the site is currently down.

“In response to complaints received over the weekend, GoDaddy investigated and discovered numerous instances of content on the site that both promotes and encourages violence against people,” a spokesman told BBC News.

But the social media service hopes to be back online this weekend. In a statement on Twitter, Gab says:
Spoke with our engineering team and new hosting provider. A conservative estimate is getting http://Gab.com back online by this weekend. Our goal is to do so earlier. Our number one priority right now is helping the DOJ/FBI ensure that justice is served for this tragedy.

Another company to withdraw their services from Gab were PayPal which banned them from using their money transfer services.

“When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action,” PayPal said in a statement.

The BBC reported a further 3 technology companies, which have not publicly commented, had also banned or suspended it:

  • Samsung-owned Joyent, which provides web-hosting services
  • Stripe, an online payments processor
  • Medium, the blogging platform, which Gab had used to publish a statement about the synagogue attack.

Additionally according to the BBC “Apple and Google have both banned its app from their stores and Microsoft stopped hosting the platform on its Azure cloud computing platform in September.”

And will Gab change? When the New York Times asked if Gab would be changing any of its policies in response to the mass shooting, Gab’s founder Andrew Torba gave an unequivocal answer.

“Absolutely not.”

GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Resigns From Board of Directors to Focus on YAM Worldwide

GoDaddy’s founder Bob Parsons has announced he will resign from the company’s board of directors on Friday 5 October to devote his full-time efforts to the array of businesses he created under the Yam WorldWide Umbrella, 7 years after he sold the company and ceased being the company CEO.

A serial entrepreneur, Parsons founded GoDaddy in 1997, with the idea that a domain enabled anyone to have their own piece of digital real estate. He changed the shape of the Internet industry and propelled its ubiquity by making it easy and affordable to get a domain. Parsons served as the company’s CEO from 1997 through June of 2011, when he sold the company to a private equity consortium. Parsons served as Executive Chairman of the board until June of 2014, at which time he assumed a seat as board director.

In 2012, Parsons created YAM Worldwide, a holding company with businesses today focused in the field of power sports, golf, real estate, hedge fund management, collateralised lending, advertising, music and video production, furniture manufacturing, and philanthropy.

Parsons and his wife Renee are deeply involved in philanthropic endeavours via the Bob and Renee Parsons’ Foundation, which focuses on providing critical funding at critical times to communities trying to make a difference. The Foundation supports organisations like the Semper Fi Fund that provides financial assistance and lifetime support to wounded, critically ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“It’s hard to describe how proud I am of the magnificent enterprise GoDaddy has become,” Parsons said. “The companies I created outside of GoDaddy now demand my full-time attention, so it’s time for me now to resign my seat on the GoDaddy Board and focus solely on Yam WorldWide.”

“Bob embodies entrepreneurialism, and his imagination, drive and grit continue in the spirit of GoDaddy,” said GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner. “Bob’s original vision for the company inspires and guides us today, and we will miss his contributions at the board. Bob, thank you for creating a company with tremendous value for those all over the world who – like you – have ideas they want to make real.”

“Bob’s impact on GoDaddy, and our industry, has been immeasurable,” said GoDaddy Board Chairman Chuck Robel. “He made the Internet accessible to all by pioneering how people acquire and manage a domain name. I deeply respect Bob, and we will miss his insights.”