Founded in 1997 by Bob Parsons, GoDaddy has become the world’s largest ICANN-accredited domain registry organization and its management includes over 40 million domain names. The company also offers e-business software and services such as email, website creation, Internet marketing services, SSL, security services, and hosting and registration services. In 2011, GoDaddy was sold in a deal in which investment firms KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Fusion Companies owned the bulk of the company’s share. Bob Parsons had then stepped down as CEO. The company announced its plan to go public in June 2014 with an initial public offering of $100 million.
A2 hosting is a web hosting company founded under the original name of Iniquinet by Bryan Muthig in 2001. It was originally planned to accommodate a small number of customers. By 2003, however, the business had acquired a lot more customers than expected. The name was changed to A2 Hosting, named after Ann Arbor, the town where it all started. The business began to expand rapidly. A2H is also a green hosting company, partnered with Carbonfund.org (a major global corporation working to reduce the impacts of climate change).