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GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons to Deliver Keynote at DOMAINfest Global + MO.com Interviews Ron Jackson

GoDaddy.com Founder Bob Parsons will deliver the keynote presentation at the DOMAINfest Global conference coming up Feb. 1-3, 2011 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California. Parsons, who was the subject of one of our earliest Cover Stories in September 2004, has built GoDaddy into the world's largest web hosting provider as well as the biggest domain name registrar. 

Go Daddy currently registers, renews or transfers more than one domain name every second of every day, manages more than 44 million domain names, runs one of the world's largest domain name aftermarkets, serves more than 8.5 million customers worldwide and employs more than 2,800 people. His is a remarkable success story, made even more remarkable by the fact that this is the second time he has built an extremely successful company. He sold his previous venture, Parsons Technology, to Intuit for $64 million and as impressive as that number is, it just a fraction of GoDaddy's present worth.

Bob Parsons
Go Daddy Founder & CEO

Landing Parsons, who is considered to be a marketing genius, is a very nice coup for DOMAINfest Global. Oversee.net CEO and President Jeff Kupietzky, whose company stages the annual conferece, was understandably excited about getting him. "We are thrilled to have Bob Parsons at this year’s event," Kupietzky said. “Our attendees are domain investors and internet entrepreneurs who rely on DOMAINfest to provide them access to visionary leaders and internet marketing innovators. As a leader and innovator, Bob is uniquely positioned to not only speak to them about the domain business, but also about the challenges they face as entrepreneurs. He’s a perfect fit for our audience. So we’re sure his stories and perspective will inspire and motivate everyone attending.”

One other note today. I recently had the honor of being interviewed by MO.com, Brian Null's superb site about upcoming companies and the entrepreneurs who are building them. MO.com published that interview today. 

Mike Sullivan conducted the interview for MO.com and did the excellent job people have come to expect from the work he publishes on his own site, Sully's Blog

We covered a lot of ground in this interview, including how I found my way into the domain business, why I started DN Journal, how the industry has changed in recent years and whether or not there are still opportunities for newcomers in this business. If you would like to check it out, the full interview is here

As it happens, MO.com founder Brian Null was the subject on one of our most popular cover stories, a piece published five years ago called Going for Broke: Why Brian Null’s Family Bet the Farm On His Golf Domains. Back then I certainly had no idea that Brian would one day be turning the tables on me, but it was certainly a pleasure. I also appreciated the exposure to the mainstream business world that Brian gave both myself and the domain industry through this interview.

(Posted Dec. 2, 2010) 

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