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GoDaddy files for $100 million IPO, founder Bob Parsons resigns as chairman

Domain giant GoDaddy filed for its initial public offering this afternoon, seeking to raise at least $100 million and providing new details of its financial condition. The company simultaneously announced that founder Bob Parsons is resigning as executive chairman but will remain a board member. GoDaddy posted revenue of $1.13 billion in 2013, and a net loss… Read More

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Buying a new gTLD domain name? The process .sucks

  Up until this year, buying a domain name was pretty straightforward. With one or two accounts at registrars like GoDaddy or namecheap, you could buy just about any domain extension. Transferring domain names was also relatively easy. However, this year brings us the release of more than 600 new domain extensions from ICANN. Stuff like… Read More

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GoDaddy prepping for IPO

GoDaddy is currently in talks with a number of investment banks to find a backer for an initial public offering, according to reports made by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal today, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter. The web services company, which was founded in 1997, tried to go public in 2006, but… Read More

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Tech Moves: Microsoft gains activist board member; Ex-Apple VP becomes first female director at GoDaddy; etc.

—Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has joined Microsoft’s board and will also serve on the board’s audit committee. Morfit’s appointment is part of a prior agreement between the software giant and the San Francisco-based investment firm, which owns roughly 0.8 percent of Microsoft’s outstanding shares. “We’ve had the opportunity to work with Mason over the past six months, and… Read More

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GoDaddy hires Microsoft vet Arne Josefsberg as CIO to build out cloud infrastructure

GoDaddy has hired 26-year Microsoft data center and cloud computing veteran Arne Josefsberg as its new chief infrastructure officer and chief information officer — a key position for the domain company as it expands internationally, hones its engineering prowess and beefs up its cloud services for small businesses. Josefsberg played a key role in establishing and developing… Read More

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GoDaddy to offer Microsoft Office 365 under exclusive deal, including new low-cost bundle

GoDaddy has struck an exclusive partnership with Microsoft to sell Office 365 email and productivity tools to the domain registrar’s small-business customers — including a streamlined, lower-cost Office 365 bundle. The partnership was announced this morning. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. It’s part of GoDaddy’s effort to reposition itself as a one-stop shop… Read More

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GoDaddy’s 2014 Super Bowl ads will actually teach you something about the company

LAS VEGAS — Nearly every Super Bowl since 2005 has featured a controversial commercial from GoDaddy that involved risque topics like nude women showering together. This February, however, you can expect something a little different from the company. During a fireside chat at CES, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving spoke about the two advertisements the company… Read More

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Way beyond dot-com: New era begins with orders for .menu, .luxury and other ‘gTLDs’

Can’t get your favorite dot-com address? GoDaddy announced today that it will start taking pre-registrations for a quartet of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that will become available early next year. GoDaddy says it’s the first domain registrar to offer pre-registration for gTLDs — launching the market for what amounts to new real estate on the… Read More

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Relive the GeekWire Summit with photos, Twitter reaction

From a fantastic talk with Rich Barton and Bill Gurley to a former Amazon exec comparing shopping to sex, the 2013 GeekWire Summit was one to remember. Thanks to the more than 700 of you who came out to Thursday’s day-long event, where we enjoyed excellent conversations with industry leaders, great networking and tasty food…. Read More

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Blake Irving wants GoDaddy to grow up, and keep its edge

It’s hard not to notice: New GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving looks a lot like that dude in the company’s logo — even though the logo significantly predates his time at the company. The similarities are so striking that Irving decided to have some fun with his official corporate badge (at right), to lighten the mood… Read More