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GoDaddy IPO: Office 365 Category Killer in SMB

godaddy stacks up editedThis week GoDaddy is going to join the volatile public equity markets as a listed company via its initial public offering (IPO). It’s the natural step for a company that has grown very quickly in the online consumer, small and medium space. It’s known for its “chippy” attitude, with its racy advertisements and NASCAR sponsorship. I would offer it’s also poised to dominate the Office 365 conversation moving forward in 2Q 2015.

All sins forgiven

As I researched GoDaddy for this blog (for example, here), I found it behaving like many retails facing tech titans. Analysts appear to be giving it the Amazon exemption for cumulative losses exceeding well over a half-billion in the past 36-months. It’s clearly a case of investing forward and overall analysts are surprisingly optimistic about its $18/share range. Think of the IPO as a balance sheet angel that forgives all sins and arms GoDaddy to practice the art of war in the battle for Office 365 dominance.

Office 365 Category Killer

So if you agree that the port-IPO GoDaddy will be poised to make Office 365 moves, here are some thoughts:

I’m jealous! Darn it – another IPO where I’m not an early employee. Guess my new Tesla will have to wait for another day!

Update: The New York Times just released an article with a follow-up to the GoDaddy IPO news!
"Indeed, executives have described the I.P.O. less as an occasion to raise money than as an opportunity to rebrand the company. Among its changes: Though GoDaddy remains based in Scottsdale, Ariz., it has expanded its presence in more traditional technology hubs like Silicon Valley and Cambridge, Mass." - said article author, Michael de la Merced.

Check out the full article here.

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