CEO Kills Elephant


The recent video of GoDaddy’s CEO, Bob Parsons, killing an elephant that was causing damage to farmer’s crops is all over the web. Between the professionally edited video to the release of it on his personal blog, we’re confident they knew what was coming and even invited the publicity (shocking, we know). It didn’t take long before PETA had declared a boycott against the company and Twitter feeds were blowing up with Anti-GoDaddy tweets.

A number of domain registrars and hosting companies have offered discounts to move away from GoDaddy and pledged to donate a percentage of the proceeds to elephant related charities. We applaud their effort to raise funds for these worthy causes, whatever their motivations may be. We debated internally how we could best respond to the situation, as making a quick buck didn’t sit right with us, no matter how tempting. Of course we want folks to know we are a great option if they are leaving their current registrar, but giving back is also a part of our company culture Name.com Gives Back. We really wanted to do something to help the situation, which was sadly brought to light by this incident.

Name.com has made a seed donation to ElephantPepper.org in the amount of $500, because we believe it’s the right thing to do. This organization benefits the elephants, the local farmers, and the habitat they both have to share. More interesting however is the alternative solution they have found. Turns out elephants hate chili peppers so they focus their efforts on training farmers to use chili peppers as a natural deterrent (we’re all about innovative solutions).

Many people have reached out and asked what we could do if they wanted to transfer their domains away. In addition to the seed donation we have decided to donate $1.00 from each domain that is transferred to us from GoDaddy, starting today and running through April 15. We want to give folks some time to move their domains and a little help if they have a lot to move. If you have more than 50 domains to transfer, email our support team at support@name.com and we can offer assistance with any bulk transfers.

For more information on check out these links:

Elephant Pepper

National Geographic

Live Science

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Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:51 pm April 1, 2011
Brinstar
Author

This isn't directed specifically at Name.com, but just a commentary on the situation in general. Whilst I applaud the sentiments in the media behind the outrage over this elephant controversy, I wonder why there hasn't been more concerted and widespread outrage for the past several years over GoDaddy's sexist advertising–advertising that debased and objectified HUMAN women. Elephants are great, but members of our own species (women) have been mistreated by GoDaddy for years. I find it funny that elephants inspire more outrage than the fact that women are mistreated. Where were the coupons tempting people to move away from GoDaddy because of their sexism? Where were the donations to women's charities?

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:52 pm April 1, 2011
George Awad
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name i love you

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:52 pm April 1, 2011
George Awad
Author

name i love you

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:53 pm April 1, 2011
namedotcom
Author

Brinstar- we totally hear you, we took a jab at the sexism of Go Daddy w/ our superbowl video but we welcome you to bring the topic up for discussion here. Provoking thoughts…

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:07 am April 2, 2011
AlphaProjectStudios
Author

Great that you guys decided to use this controversy in your and the elephants' benefit.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:09 am April 2, 2011
Silver Surfer
Author

#BigLike

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:09 am April 2, 2011
namedotcom
Author

The elephants and the farmers benefit first, and if we pick up a couple registrants great- the reality is we'll prob lose some to other registrars running promos.

We feel good though, it's not all about $$!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:10 am April 2, 2011
namedotcom
Author

haha cute 🙂

Harvey Specter
Posted at 8:16 am April 2, 2011
Raghu Nayak
Author

Thanks for your move!

Harvey Specter
Posted at 10:56 pm April 2, 2011
BadGimp
Author

Most excellent

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:50 pm April 3, 2011
Goodpasture+1
Author

are you offering this at a cheaper rate than GoDaddy's?

Harvey Specter
Posted at 8:10 pm April 3, 2011
lot2say
Author

I think I'll transfer TO godaddy, your making a big deal about nothing

Harvey Specter
Posted at 11:39 am April 4, 2011
Brian O'Neill
Author

I have just moved all my domains from godaddy to name.com. The elephant thing was the last straw, the main reason is bob parsons seems like a complete *#$&

Harvey Specter
Posted at 2:36 pm April 4, 2011
namedotcom
Author

Just trying to take a proactive position, place your business where you please 🙂

Harvey Specter
Posted at 3:40 pm April 4, 2011
namedotcom
Author

Hey, you can take a look at our transfer pricing here: http://www.name.com/pricing

It varies by domain extension.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 3:40 pm April 4, 2011
namedotcom
Author

We love you too George 🙂

Harvey Specter
Posted at 5:45 am April 12, 2011
MicroSourcing
Author

The CEO has already responded to criticism, and has made no apologies although the video has been severely edited.