Scottsdale, Arizona – (The Hosting News) – March 24, 2009 – Web hosting domain registrar, GoDaddy.com, has become a Hosting Partner in the Microsoft BizSpark program. As part of this new alliance with Microsoft, BizSpark participants can utilize Go Daddy’s services as part of a network of unique offerings provided for qualified Internet start-up businesses.
Bob Parsons, CEO and Founder of Go Daddy remarked, ”Go Daddy is all about doing things easily and affordabl. 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.”
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, Nevada.
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 itself was 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.
Mr. 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.
Dan Lewin, corporate vice president of Strategic and Emerging Business Development at Microsoft Corp. remarked, ”We are excited to have Go Daddy as a Hosting Partner for the Microsoft BizSpark program. 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.
GoDaddy is a provider of services designed to enable individuals and businesses to establish, maintain and evolve an online presence. GoDaddy 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 GoDaddy Group, Inc. has more than 34 million domain names under management. GoDaddy 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 the largest paid hosting provider in the world, according to Netcraft Ltd. During 2007, The GoDaddy Group registered more than one-third of all domain names registered in the top six generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, including .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .mobi.
To learn more about Go Daddy, please visit: www.godaddy.com.