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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.

This GoDaddy news release was sourced from: https://aboutus.godaddy.net/newsroom/news-releases/press-release-details/2020/GoDaddy-Builds-Coalition-of-Companies-Including-American-Express-Nextdoor-PayPal-Salesforce-and-Slack-to-Help-Small-Businesses-Weather-COVID-19/default.aspx

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.”

Quiet Week For Big Sales Sees Non-.COMs Dominate Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoThe biggest reported domain name sale for the week ending 5 August was maq.com, which sold for $49,999 through BrandPros/Afternic, while second and third respectively were coin.store ($26,705/Radix/Alibaba) and AirConditioning.online ($19,500/Radix/GoDaddy), according to the Domain Name journal chart.

However the interesting aspect of this week’s chart is that non-.com sales outnumbered .com sales. There were 9 .com sales, more than that of any other top level domain. But the remaining 11 sales were made up of 3 .tech, 2 .de and one each for .store, .online, .com.br, .net, .org and .nl.

Sedo, as usual, dominated the aftermarket outlets with 12 sales. There were also 5 sales that Radix were involved in for new gTLD domain name sales – 2 of which FBS Turkey collaborated on while Alibaba, GoDaddy and Tucows helped with one each.

To check out the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 5 August in more detail, see:

Blake Irving To Retire As GoDaddy CEO With Scott Wagner to Succeed

It’s the world’s largest domain name registrar and cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. It has nearly 17 million customers worldwide, over 71 million domain names under management and over 6,000 employees around the world. And it’s CEO of the last 4.5 years, Blake Irving, has announced he will be stepping down and retiring at the end of 2017, days short of what would have been his fifth anniversary.

Scott Wagner, GoDaddy's president and chief operating officer, will assume the CEO role upon Blake's departure. Irving will continue to serve on GoDaddy's Board of Directors through June 2018.

Under his leadership, GoDaddy has grown from 55 million DUM to more than 71 million, grown from $1 billion in annual revenue to $1.88 billion with $1 billion in domain bookings for 2016, launched an initial public offering and now has localised solutions in 56 markets.

“After more than three decades in technology, I've decided it's time to retire and begin the next phase of my life,” said Blake Irving, GoDaddy CEO. “Over the last five years, we've assembled a seasoned and diverse leadership team, and expanded our reach around the world, now serving customers in 125 countries with purpose-build products – all while doubling our revenue and profits. GoDaddy's trajectory is clear and our momentum strong. It is the perfect time to transition leadership to Scott Wagner. I couldn't be prouder of what the company has accomplished, and I am equally excited about what the company will achieve under Scott's leadership.”

Wagner joined GoDaddy in 2013, after a 13-year tenure at KKR, where he served as a partner. Wagner was a key member of the team that invested in GoDaddy in 2011, serving as GoDaddy's interim CEO, and then joined the company's leadership team as CFO and COO when Irving became CEO. Wagner was promoted to the role of President in 2016, with expanded responsibility across go-to-market channels, including marketing, customer care, international markets, and corporate development.

“GoDaddy is truly a unique company, and I'm honored to serve as the next CEO,” said Scott Wagner, GoDaddy president and chief operating officer. “GoDaddy has become the starting place for getting an idea online, and we've been incredibly successful with nearly 17 million customers around the world. There remains a huge strategic opportunity for GoDaddy – innovating across our product portfolio and technical platform, engaging more frequently with our existing customers, and continuing to serve new geographic markets and customer segments.  I look forward to the next wave of GoDaddy's evolution and to creating a unique, category-creating cloud software company that enables ideas to start and thrive online.”

“We'd like to thank Blake for the tremendous contributions he's made over the last five years – his impact will be long felt,” said Chuck Robel, GoDaddy Chairman of the Board. “The board is extremely confident that under Scott's leadership, GoDaddy will continue to have an incredibly bright and successful future.”

Before coming to GoDaddy in 2013, Irving was EVP and Chief Product Officer at Yahoo!, where he expanded monthly users to nearly one billion, launched 180 new Yahoo! websites worldwide and rolled out products in 23 languages and 30 new markets.

Prior to Yahoo!, he spent 15 years at Microsoft creating world-changing consumer products like NetMeeting, MSN Messenger and growing Hotmail to the largest mail service in the world. As Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform, Irving led the company’s global Internet development and operations, managing a $1 billion global R&D budget and overseeing development teams in the US, India, China and Europe.

Irving began his career at Xerox and Compaq and has been a professor at Pepperdine’s School of Business.

For GoDaddy, Irving and Wagner will work closely together through the end of the year, as they transition CEO leadership to Wagner.

Russia Rejects Neo-Nazis Domain and Forced Onto Dark Web to Stay Alive

The Neo-Nazi website for The Daily Stormer is currently on a bit of a world tour of top level domains trying to find a home. After first GoDaddy and then Google deleted their .com domain names, they then briefly tried a .ru domain, which was also quickly deleted.

The problems have come about following the horrendous events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an article was published attacking Heather Heyer, the anti-racism activist that was killed Saturday while demonstrating against the “alt-right” white nationalist movement, reported Newsweek.

The Daily Stormer’s founder Andrew Anglin boasted on Twitter of the site’s return, but the site is now inaccessible at the domain name.

The neo-Nazi site has now been driven to the dark web in an effort to stay alive, making it inaccessible for most people. For now at least the site is “accessible through the anonymous browsing tool Tor and not indexed by search engines,” reports The Guardian.

Even Cloudflare, which previously was reported as refusing to cancel their dealings with the Daily Stormer has now “has fired neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer as a customer”, reports The Whir.

There are string of companies now refusing to be associated with the Neo-Nazis as well as these. Airbnb has banned users it believes are neo-Nazis from booking in Charlottesville, according to Quartz. Discord has shut down a server used by another far-right website, altright.com, Uber banned a white supremacist following racists comments made to an Uber driver while they were sleeping in the backseat, GoFundMe took down campaigns to raise money for the alleged murderer of Heyer, Facebook has taken to deleting links to hate-filled articles, WordPress shut down a white supremacist blog, Spotify has removed “hate music” and hosting platform Squarespace removed white supremacist websites in a reversal from its previous policy of non-intervention.

GoDaddy and then Google Reject Neo-Nazi’s Domain Registration

First GoDaddy and then 3 hours later Google rejected the domain name registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, Monday. According to Whois, the domain name is still registered with Google.

“We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service,” a Google spokesman said told Bloomberg. The organisation’s YouTube channel was also deleted late Monday afternoon US time.

Citing their support of the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend GoDaddy quickly pulled the domain name.

GoDaddy tweeted they had given the website operators 24 hours to find a new host. “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” the tweet says.

After the Daily Stormer transferred their domain name to Google, they decided the content on the site “didn’t meet its rules for web support and advertising, which prohibit content that incites violence. Google plans to implement the cancellation policy over the next two days, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.”

Now access to the website is available on the Dark Web according to a Reuters report. Supporters started tweeting this Tuesday.

But one organisation appears to be not disassociating themselves from the controversial site. Cloudflare, a content delivery network that helps protect sites from DDOS attacks has refused to cancel their dealings with the Daily Stormer, according to Business Insider.

In a statement provided to Business Insider, the company said it was “aware” that concerns had been raised about some of the sites it supports and that it considers the content on some of those sites to be “repugnant.” But it noted that it doesn’t actually host any websites.

“Cloudflare terminating any user would not remove their content from the Internet, it would simply make a site slower and more vulnerable to attack,” the company said in its statement.

Cloudflare isn’t trying to hide its association with the neo-Nazi websites. Visitors to the DailyStormer.com and AltRight.com momentarily see a page from Cloudflare saying that the company is “checking your browser” before being forwarded on to their sites.