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NetNeutrality

Net Neutrality and the American Dream for Small Business

In Internet Policy
Technology

The Internet, by its very nature, has been the greatest force for positive economic and social change I’ve seen in my lifetime. It connects people to ideas, marketplaces and to each other; crossing oceans, borders and cultures with ease. It has done more for educating and inspiring good in the world than the most successful newspaper or the most popular politician — toppling dictatorships, exposing corruption and giving a voice to those who would otherwise be silenced. It has fueled the economic freedom of millions and has been a pipeline to understanding, liberty, peace and human solidarity. What’s made the Internet great from the onset is a philosophy that says that access should be open to all. For my customers at GoDaddy, it allows any smart and passionate individual to compete head-to-head with the largest global enterprises, regardless of their access to capital. That philosophy is now under threat by […]

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The Age of Doing What You Love

21st April 2014

Occasionally I get invited to speak at events that are a bit out of my wheelhouse.  Normally I’m asked to speak on subjects related to technology, product development, leadership, education and, more and more, small business.  For topics outside of those, I usually end up declining—simply because it’s too hard to imagine what I’d have to say on a random topic that anyone else might care to sit through for an hour. When I was first asked to speak at this year’s Global Retailing Conference my first instinct was to decline for the just that reason.  After all, only 20% of GoDaddy’s customers are retail providers and almost none of them operate near the scale of the global enterprises attending and speaking at the event; think Macy’s, Home Depot, Nike, Whole Foods and the like. There was, however, a hypothesis that’s been bouncing around in my head for the last […]

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Mashing Up The Future of Technology

2nd March 2014

I had the great privilege to talk with a large group of entrepreneurs and developers last week about where we’ve come from in cloud services and where it might take us.  The video of my talk is above and the transcript is below. What do you think about the idea of Mashups as predictor of future tech? Keynote: I’m going to try to make this fun. Maybe a little funny and a little atypical. I’m at GoDaddy for about 13 months. My path to the company was … well … isn’t really a very obvious one. My path to the technology not really a very obvious one. I started my career in technology as a typographer believe it or not and had a very unusual arc I think to my career. My father actually had a very unusual arc to his and maybe I was inspired by what he have done. […]

Standing up for Right

Standing Up For What’s Right

26th February 2014

As a leader of a company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, I’ve found myself compelled to take a stand against pending legislation that threatens to legalize discrimination and put an indelible blot on the image of the state.   Though I normally fly wide of public politics and almost never publicly share internal communications, I believe this circumstance warrants both. Yesterday I sent a mail to the 4,300 hundred employees of GoDaddy—many of whom live and work in the state of Arizona.  It’s important to me that everyone in the company, regardless of where they live, understand that GoDaddy’s strength is in its diversity and that in opposing this legislation publicly we stand on the side of right in this matter. I’m sharing this letter with all of you in the name of total transparency.  It read as follows: Folks, I don’t often wade into the political arena, however, there are pivotal […]

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GeekWire 2013: Vision, Culture & Rainy Seattle

11th October 2013

For those of you who missed the live stream of my chat with John and Todd from the 2013 GeekWire Summit in Seattle, here’s a transcript of the talk: Jonathan Sposato: So I have the honor of introducing Blake Irving. He is one of the coolest cats that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working for, years ago back at Microsoft. Most Microsoft presidents are pretty cool guys, but a lot of them are not quadruple threat guys like Blake Irving. Here is a guy that really understood product. Here is a guy that also understood people. He also understood culture and how to develop a really healthy culture and great organizational dynamics. He was also really, really great with business. In fact, after several products reviews with him we would work on stuff, he and my team. I would ask him “How are you so astute about product?” and […]