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Starting A Business

Six Bits of Wisdom For the Aspiring Entrepreneur

In Business Culture
Personal Growth
Very Small Business

This week, Fortune Magazine (as part of their Leadership Insider network series) asked me “What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?”  You can read the edited version here, but as it happens, I had a bit more to say on the subject than Fortune’s format would allow.  I’ve posted my full length response below: The dream of starting your own business, of being your own boss and becoming financially independent is more within reach today than at any other time in history.  Today, many businesses can get started with little to no capital thanks to the Internet and thrive without outside investment.  Business are seeing  barriers to entry crumble—from product differentiation, distribution and access to analytics—as new low cost cloud-based services emerge. Yet, even with risks lower than ever and rewards closer in sight, the idea of starting a business of your own is a daunting […]

GoDaddy IPO with Customers and Care Reps

Ringing the Bell at the NYSE with Customers and Care

2nd April 2015

It’s hard not to be on cloud nine this week.  The ramp up to taking GoDaddy public has been invigorating, exhausting, and deeply educational.  Ringing the bell at the New York Stock exchange yesterday morning was the high-point of the week, but it wouldn’t have been quite so amazing without the people there to celebrate with and the people there to be celebrated. Since the photo above was taken, I’ve fielded a number of questions about who the people on the podium with me were and where were the other familiar faces of GoDaddy.  In short, the GoDaddy Board and our Senior Leadership Team were all on the floor of the NYSE to share in the celebration—but they didn’t take the podium.  That honor was reserved for GoDaddy customers and care reps that make up the heart and soul of our great company.  Serene Silva from Metalmorphosis Designs, Dave Cox […]

Gender Equality

Catalyst and Cause – Parsing the Challenge of Gender in Tech

19th March 2015

This morning it was announced that I was part of the executive producer team for the feature-length documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” which is set to premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.  The film takes a critical look at why so many American women and minorities eschew careers in computer science, despite high paying and intellectually rewarding opportunities.  I’m incredibly humbled and proud to be amongst the ranks of Robin Hauser Reynolds and her production team in the mission to better understand the difficulties women face in tech.  Clearly articulating the challenge is the first true step to bridging the technology gender gap once and for all—and CODE moves us toward that goal in an engaging and artful way. For those who know me, my commitment to the CODE film will come as no surprise.  I’ve been a lifelong advocate for the advancement of […]


Changing Course on GoDaddy Advertising

27th January 2015

Earlier today we previewed GoDaddy’s Super Bowl spot on a popular talk show, and shortly after a controversy started to swirl about Buddy, our puppy, being sold online. The responses were emotional and direct. Many people urged us not to run the ad. We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress over the past two years, advancing the GoDaddy brand as a company that cares a great deal about small business and is in their corner to help them succeed. People increasingly know who we are, what we do and who we do it for.  At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence. We hoped our ad would increase awareness of that cause. However, we underestimated the emotional response—and we heard that loud and clear. The net is we are pulling the ad from the Super […]

Women In Tech

Women in Tech: A Cause Worth the Effect

6th October 2014

I recently published an op-ed in Fortune magazine on the barriers I see in our progress toward improving the gender diversity in the tech industry.  The full article can be read here, but I’ve also chosen to post an enhanced version below that includes some of my personal motivations on the subject as well as comparative stats: This week, the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing will come to Arizona, GoDaddy’s home state, for the 20th anniversary of the conference designed to connect, inspire and guide women in computing.  Since their first meeting with 500 attendees in 1994, the event has grown to become the world’s largest gathering of women in computing.  Along the way, they’ve helped thousands of women technologists find a voice in our male dominated industry and opened the conversation about inequities, large and small, that are woven into the fabric of the technology industry. Notwithstanding the […]