GoDaddy, one of the world’s largest Internet domain registrar and web hosting provider, has launched its Indian operations opening an office in New Delhi and has appointed Rajiv Sodhi from Microsoft as the Managing Director of Go Daddy India. according to GoDaddy, Rajiv Sodhi will be the company’s first-ever International executive and will be responsible for overseeing GoDaddy’s expansion in the country.
Sodhi joined Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist in 2002, where he was most recently Director, India SMB.
Noting India as a priority market under its global expansion plans, GoDaddy CEO Warren Adelman stated that it intends to expand the company’s footprint in the country and make it Go Daddy’s largest international office by the end of this year. One can therefore expect GoDaddy to retail its suite of services including Web hosting, domain name registrations and SSL Certificates to Indian businesses and serve their existing customers better by hiring local employees, in addition to a local support centre.
Launched in 1997, GoDaddy is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA and and has data center facilities in Europe and Asia and office in Canada. It claims to have more than 10.3 million customers globally and manages more than 53 million domain names at present. While the company hasn’t disclosed any country wise breakup of its customers, its worth noting that GoDaddy has been offering domain names with .IN top-level domain extension since January 2009. In 2011, Go Daddy inked a private equity deal with a group of private equity firms including KKR, Silver Lake and TCV for an undisclosed amount, although a WSJ report suggested that GoDaddy was sold for $2.25 billion.
India Operations: Web hosting company HostGator had also launched its Indian operations in May 2011. Of late, we are noticing an interesting trend of global Internet companies launching or planning to launch operations in India. Last week, Ask.com rolled out a dedicated India site, AirBnB had launched its operations in India and is currently in talks with various bed ‘n breakfast accommodations within the country. Prior to this, Berlin-based online fashion jewelry company Juvalia & You had setup its office in Delhi and Japanese social gaming giant DeNA is planning to launch its business in India soon.
Mobile instant messaging and VoIP company Nimbuzz was also planning to shift its global headquarters to India, and eBay Inc had stated its plans to open a Global Development Center in Bangalore which will focus on eBay marketplace and Paypal.