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GoDaddy Inc. is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and incorporated in Delaware.As of May 2017, GoDaddy has approximately 17 million customers and over 6,000 employees worldwide.The company is known for its advertising on TV and in the newspapers.It has been involved in several controversies related to censorship.
GoDaddy was founded in 1997 in Baltimore, Maryland, by entrepreneur Bob Parsons. Prior to GoDaddy, Parsons sold his financial software services company, Parsons Technology, to Intuit for $65 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 private equity funds, KKR, Silver Lake, and Technology Crossover Ventures.
In 1999, a group of male 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.