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GoDaddy.com Sale Reportedly Imminent, Will Fetch $2 Billion or More

GoDaddy.com Sale Reportedly Imminent, Will Fetch $2 Billion or More

Domain registrar GoDaddy.com has been on the auction block since September of last year, and it appears the site has finally found a buyer willing to pay a high enough asking price. Actually, three buyers, including private equity-firms KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners, and private equity and venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," WSJ says the deal will go down for between $2 billion and $2.5 billion, with an official announcement potentially coming as early as next week.


During its 14-year tenure on the Web, GoDaddy.com has grown into the world's largest registrar of domain names. The site also sells other services to people and business, and is perhaps best known for its edgy commercials that are somewhat sexually suggestive but always stop short of crossing the line.
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Thanks for the link that was a pretty funny commercial and I for some reason always find the GoDaddy ads entertaining, I wonder why I find them so appealing?

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There superbowl ads were always great Stick out tongue

Hmmm I wonder what a bunch of venture capitalists are going to do with this company... split it up and sell the pieces off... maybe maybe not.

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GoDaddy has always been the go to place for domains back then, the domain site that mostly everybody knew (even before the Super Bowl ads.)

With the impending sale, I see things have changed for GoDaddy. How the mighty have fallen.

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I remember the Super Bowl halftime ads. Just hope they keep Danica Patrick:)

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Certainly going to miss all the commercials especially during the Super Bowl.Guess wil have to wait and maybe take a guess that some folks guys/gals may spend a bit of time catching some of the best GoDaddy adds wating for the details or simply just 'cuz.

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Ehhh, they are known for their sleazy commercials, but I don't see how the buyers are going to get $2 billion worth of value from the company. Domain registration is a very crowded scene and the primary advantage for GoDaddy.com seems to be a contract with Danica Patrick.

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So there is 3 buyers that will buy GoDaddy together? Wonder how they will run godaddy then... I have all my domains with them so ya :)

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SO basically they are gonna sell everyones domain contracts! So if this gets bought out by a bailout then the feds own your website? (just an exmple)

Either way if they get sold to some unscrupulous douche then they can change the re-up fee for your webite, to say .......I dont know $180,000?

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Hmmm; Looks like my decision is being made for me. I have my domains with Godaddy for now, I have of course been thinking of leaving already, so I will be watching this close, and most likely going elsewhere. Well depending really on what does go down. If there splitting cost and revenue between 3 organizations it could also be positive as departments might have a tighter focus etc as well as the lower cost's.

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I had my domains with GoDaddy before I switched the domains to my hosting company to save a buck.

Hey. It went especially well and there were no hiccups in the transfer process (unexplained fees, complicated procedures.), everything went as smooth as butter. As much as I appreciate GoDaddy's service, I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

Not even the people watching the Super Bowl could save GoDaddy, those ads were the only thing the company had in the new era of 2010.

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I'm thinking the prices must be going up because just in the last 2 weeks I have had 13 emails to renew my domains at a discount. I usually only get one a month and not this soon after I renewed, (I just renewed in Feb.) Maybe they are trying to pocket as much money now before they sell it, or the prices are in deed going up and this is their way of warning me :S Unfortunately if they do raise the prices, I won't stick around. Their low renewal costs are what keeps me from going elsewhere, for now.

Oh and I definitely agree, they should totally keep our favorite commercials around!! :P

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haha.. yeah thanks for the link. Those were some funny commercials. :)

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If GoDaddy were in trouble, as some of you have suggested here is why its getting sold, no one would be paying 2 Billion, possibly 2.5 Billion for it. The Buyers are investing in an already successful Business Model ("Do the right thing for the customers and provide them with as good a deal as possible"), they won't mess with that very much, if at all. The last thing they will do, with 2 Billion invested, is raise prices so as to drive customers to other registrars and Hosts. GD Founder and CEO is 60 years old, he has worked hard for many many years...you should really read his Bio, I will ink to it at the end of this, he has given an astonishing amount of money to charities throughout his life....most of that without credit (anonymously). He came from poverty and rose to great wealth. You can too, find your passion (or even just a thing you don't mind "having" to do) and figure out a way to get paid for doing that. Bob Parsons started GoDaddy in 1997, already rich from a previous business sale. He launched GoDaddy to give himself something to do. 14 years later it will be sold for 2 Billion Dollars (or more). Thats One Million Dollars 2000 times over or 20 Million 100 Dollar Bills. Not to imply that money is everything. Its not. GoDaddy's prices, services, under the new owners will not change beyond price hikes or changes that would have occured anyway. Budweiser is owned now by some guys in BELGIUM. No difference noticed. Prices the same. Heres Bob's Bio: http://www.bobparsons.me/4/bio.html The best to you all and congrats Big Daddy..no one has worked harder for this and thus deserves this...more than you have and do.

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