Chat with GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving: his startup way of running a corporation

Billy Yuen, Startup IO’s and EntrepreneurHK founder, engage in a conversation with CEO Blake Irving on the pivoting moments and distinctive edge of his company, GoDaddy.

Bill: How did you journey start at GoDaddy?

Blake: GoDaddy was primarily a US-based company. I wasn’t the original founder of the company; Bob Parson started it 20 years ago and I was offered the role almost 5 years ago. When I took the role, I flattened the platform and build common user experience. I globalized and market the company internationally. I would make the advertising square up with who we are, what we do, and who our customers are. For the last five years, we’ve been executing that plan. We’re now on 56 countries, localized in 56 countries; 50 different currencies, 29 languages. We’re doing business at a 125 countries today. More than half of our new customers come from the international markets now. We found a very important niche and we’ve been able to double revenues in the last 4 years. We’ll double our revenues again in the next 4 years through organic win acquisition; and most of that growth will come from international markets, South America, Europe and Asia.

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