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Friday, April 25, 2008

The Daddy of Domain names

When I developed this site, I paid an extra ten bucks to register my site name so it wouldn’t have a .blogspot.com after it. Turns out the site is registered with Go Daddy, who has a partnership with Blogger.com, so if you register the domain on Blogger it automatically connects everything. You’ve probably seen the ads on TV for Go Daddy, a domain registry company, they are always quite controversial. The company was founded by Bob Parsons. Bob performed terribly in grade school, barely passing in fifth grade. He doesn't think he would have graduated from high school if he didn't joined the military. However, he received a Purple Heart medal while in the US Marines, became a certified public accountant, and founded a company called Parsons Technology out of his basement in 1984. He sold the company ten years later to Intuit for $64 million. Three years later he founded another company Jomax Technologies with the money he made from the prior business. He later renamed the company Go Daddy. Today, Go Daddy is the #1 domain registrar in the world. A new domain name is registered or renewed by them every second of every day, they have over 5 million customers and employ almost two thousand people. The company is still privately owned.