About GoDaddy

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History

GoDaddy was founded in 1997 by Baltimore, Maryland, entrepreneur Bob Parsons. Prior to GoDaddy, Parsons sold his financial software services company, "Parsons Technology, Inc." to Intuit for $64 million in 1994. Parsons came out of his retirement in 1997 to launch Jomax Technologies, which later became GoDaddy Group Inc. GoDaddy received a strategic investment from top venture capital funds, KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures.

In 2013, GoDaddy was reported as the largest ICANN-accredited registrar in the world, at the size of four times their closest competitor. They also have a 270,000 square foot facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Why the name "GoDaddy"?

In 1999, a group of employees at Jomax Technologies were brainstorming and decided to change the company name. An employee said, "How about Big Daddy?" However, the domain name had already been purchased. Parsons replied, "How about Go Daddy?" The name was available, so he bought it. Parsons said the company stuck with the name because it made people smile and remember it.

The company changed its name branding from "Go Daddy" to "GoDaddy" in February 2006.

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Awards

  • 2010 – BBB of Great Arizona Business Ethics Awards finalist.
  • 2011 – Inaugural Bulby Awards' "Bulby Award" received by GoDaddy's X.CO for Best Use of a Single Letter Domain.
  • 2011 – SC Magazine's "Best Security Team" Rating. The SC Magazine Awards were organized to honor the professionals, companies and products that help fend off the myriad of security threats confronted in today's corporate world. GoDaddy was also a 2012 finalist.
  • 2011 – International MarCom Competition's winner of awards; creativity in the 2011 Super Bowl Campaign, the .CO Product Launch and the GoDaddy Cares story.
  • 2011 – Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500/5000” list for an eighth consecutive year.
  • 2011 – Phoenix Business Journal's "Best Places to Work in the Valley" for the eighth consecutive year.[35] In 2011, GoDaddy ranked #4 among extra large-sized companies.
  • 2011 – Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for GoDaddy's Arizona, Iowa offices. As a recipient, GoDaddy ranks in the top 20 percent.
  • 2012 – Fortune 100 "Best Companies to Work For" honoree.
  • 2012 – Gold Stevie Award for the Year in Computer Services.
  • 2012 – Domain Wire's annual survey's "Best Registrar" award with 43% of the vote.
  • 2012 – Nominee for the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in Corporations by Small Biz Trends.



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