Go Daddy the trendsetter

Contact: Ben Kolada

Shortly after acquiring accounting startup Outright Inc, GoDaddy.com announced that it has picked up mobile website creation startup M.dot for an undisclosed amount. With these two deals, the domain name registration and Web hosting giant is becoming a bit of a trendsetter in its M&A strategy. We’ve been predicting a trend of mass-market hosting providers moving beyond providing simply Web hosting to offering more services for their small business customers.

M.dot provides a smartphone application that enables iPhone users to design and develop mobile websites without any coding. The company, less than a year old, had raised $700,000 in funding from Archimedes Labs, FLOODGATE Fund, SV Angel and angel investors. The deal makes sense since more and more people are more often accessing mobile, rather than fixed, websites.

With M.dot, Go Daddy further reinforces its desire to become a service provider, rather just another website hoster. Usually a pair of acquisitions of small startups wouldn’t merit much attention, but Go Daddy’s dealmaking sets the stage for a trend we expect to see more of – mass-market hosting companies buying their way into services. We’re working on a longer report on this trend that will be published soon.

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