|[February 11, 2013]
Go Daddy Acquires M.dot - Bolsters 'Mobile First' Strategy
SUNNYVALE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Daddy, the Web's top platform for small businesses, has acquired
M.dot Inc., the leading mobile app for small business website creation
and management. The addition of M.dot to Go Daddy's extensive product
offerings gives Go Daddy's 11 million customers an easy way to create
and manage compelling mobile websites right from their smartphones.
"We're pleased to welcome M.dot to our growing Go Daddy family," said Go
Daddy CEO Blake Irving (News - Alert), who made the formal announcement at today's
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Go Daddy office located in
"M.dot's global vision of a mobile future for small businesses fits
beautifully with what our customers need right now," Irving said. "Go
Daddy wants to help�businesses�connect with their customers wherever
they are in the world, and that means providing killer mobile
technology. It also means helping our customers manage their business
from anywhere, anytime with the simplicity of their smartphone or
tablet. With M.dot, small businesses can compete on a big-time level without
spending big-time money. We're completely stoked to have M.dot on
Over the last three years, mobile Internet traffic has grown more than
10 times from one percent to 13 percent of total Web usage1.
In that same time period, smartphone and tablet shipments surpassed PCs.
Go Daddy customers are using their smartphones to manage their online
presence more and more every day as a means to find and acquire
customers. The M.dot acquisition provides Go Daddy's customers with an
innovative platform to capitalize on these trends.
M.dot was founded by Dominik Balogh and Pavel Serbajlo in June 2012.
They have the backing of leading Silicon Valley investors including
Floodgate, SV Angel and Archimedes Labs, and have been featured by Apple (News - Alert)
in the iTunes App Store on multiple occasions. The company will operate
from Go Daddy's Silicon Valley office, which is a major new center of
engineering and product design for the company. Over the next year, Go
Daddy plans to double its current Sunnyvale-based staff, from 40 to 80.
"We've been impressed with Dominik and Pavel throughout this process,"
said Go Daddy President of Products and Technology Jason Rosenthal.
"These guys understand, like no others we've seen, how mobile is
top-of-mind for small businesses right now. They've solved some very
important usability and technology problems around mobile site creation
and management, which make them unique. Dominik and Pavel embody the
kind of creativity and entrepreneurial drive we value at Go Daddy and
most importantly, they've built the foundation for an extraordinary
productour customers will love."
M.dot co-founder Dominik Balogh pointed out the shared values of the two
companies. "Go Daddy is exactly the kind of technology company we wanted
to join because they cater to and understand the small business
customer," Balogh said. "We've always believed small business is
essential for a healthy economy, and Go Daddy has extensive experience
as the industry's leading platform for small enterprises. Joining Go
Daddy means our mobile software will now be accessible through much
larger distribution channels and will help even more small businesses
achieve greater success. It also gives us the benefit of integrating
with Go Daddy's immense customer support foundation, which I believe is
a significant competitive advantage in this segment."
"Go Daddy was built from scratch and is now a multi-billion dollar
company - their industry expertise and achievements are inspiring," said
M.dot co-founder Pavel Serbajlo. "We're looking forward to taking mobile
software for small businesses to the next level with Go Daddy. We share
the same vision for mobile. We're passionate about small businesses,
start-ups and entrepreneurs … we all want to build software products
that enable our customers to succeed online."
The M.dot app offers mobile website creation based on pre-loaded
templates with easy-to-use custom features, such as store location,
driving directions, tap-to-call, galleries, business hours and price
lists, all in a user-interface designed for mobile device screens. It
also includes a blog feature, which allows users to write and insert
photos and video with rich text capabilities. It integrates with
Facebook (News - Alert), Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Dropbox.
M.dot is available in the iTunes App Store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/m.dot/id565017826 ls=1&mt=8
Financial terms of the M.dot acquisition have not been disclosed.
In late 2011, Go Daddy received an investment from KKR, Silver Lake and
Technology Crossover Ventures designed to build upon Go Daddy's
commitment to providing high quality products and services to its
Since then, the company has also embarked on international growth,
including expansion into India.�Go Daddy also has facilities in Arizona,
California, Colorado, Iowa, Toronto, Amsterdam and Singapore.
To apply to join the Go Daddy team, please visit www.GoDaddy.com/Jobs.
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