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Go Daddy Joins Effort to Help Jump-Start Internet Entrepreneurs

March 18, 2009 by  

Webmaster NewsSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – GoDaddy.com, the world’s dominant Web hosting domain registrar, has signed on as a Hosting Partner in the Microsoft BizSpark program. As part of this new alliance with Microsoft, BizSpark participants can utilize Go Daddy’s first-class, low-cost hosting services as part of a network of unique offerings provided for qualified Internet start-ups.

The announcement of Go Daddy’s participation in this international program was made today during Microsoft’s keynote address at the MIX09 conference for Web designers and developers in Las Vegas, Nev.

BizSpark is a global program designed to help accelerate the success of early stage start-ups by providing them with three critical needs – software, support and visibility – throughout a company’s first three years in operation when these tools are the most valuable and least affordable.

GoDaddy.com was itself an Internet start-up just a decade ago. Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons charged ahead with his entrepreneurial ideas in the midst of the dotCOM bust. Now, Go Daddy is a world leader in Web access, with more than 6.4 million customers and 34 million domains under management.

Parsons believes the Internet will soon be seen as the saving grace of a new global economy and encourages entrepreneurs to seek out new opportunities like the BizSpark program as a way to launch their ideas in tough economic times.

As a BizSpark Hosting Partner, Go Daddy will offer BizSpark members a wide range of essential applications and services including domain registration, hosting and SSL certificates for an extremely affordable price. Go Daddy will be the first Microsoft BizSpark Hosting Partner to provide member start-ups with this combination of services. In addition, these new companies will have access to Go Daddy’s industry-best personalized customer service 24/7/365.

“Go Daddy is all about doing things easily and affordably,” said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “That’s why we’ve joined the Microsoft BizSpark program as a Hosting Partner. It’s just one more way we can provide Internet entrepreneurs a simple, cost-effective solution to their registration, hosting and SSL cert needs.”

“We are excited to have Go Daddy as a Hosting Partner for the Microsoft BizSpark program,” said Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president of Strategic and Emerging Business Development at Microsoft Corp. “Go Daddy’s excellence in hosting services combined with Microsoft’s software platform provides start-ups with a unique opportunity to grow their businesses.”

In the BizSpark program, a start-up can download free Microsoft software for development, test and demonstration purposes and use Microsoft software hosted “production licenses” free of charge for up to three years. For an online start-up to participate in the BizSpark program, it must be privately owned, in business less than 3 years and grossing less than $1MM.

In the coming months, both Microsoft BizSpark and Go Daddy will detail more about how to participate in this venture on their respective Web sites.

Go Daddy is the world’s #1 registrar for new domains and a world leader in Web site hosting and new SSL certificates. Go Daddy offers 40+ products for anyone interested in starting a Web site, including Web site design and Quick Shopping Cart for online vendors, rated most popular shopping cart in a recent survey by Practical eCommerce.

To learn more about how you can create or enhance your online presence, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

About The Go Daddy Group, Inc.
Go Daddy is a leading provider of services that enable individuals and businesses to establish, maintain and evolve an online presence. Go Daddy provides a variety of domain name registration plans and Web site design and hosting packages, as well as a broad array of on-demand services. These include products such as SSL Certificates, Domains by Proxy private registration, ecommerce Web site hosting, blog templates and blog software, podcast packages and online photo hosting. The Go Daddy Group, Inc. has more than 34 million domain names under management. Go Daddy registers, renews or transfers a domain name every second. GoDaddy.com is the world’s No. 1 domain name registrar according to Name Intelligence, Inc. GoDaddy.com is also rated the world’s largest hostname provider according to Netcraft Ltd. During 2008, The Go Daddy Group registered more than one-third of all new domain names created in the top six generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, including .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .mobi.

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