Tomorrow, Nov 10th, is the 234th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Bob Parsons has already posted his annual “birthday card” to the USMC on GoDaddy.com:
USMC 234th Birthday Tribute
He also wrote in his email announcement:
I’d also like to extend this tribute to all of the men and women serving in all branches of the U.S. Military – Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. Thank you all for your tireless dedication to keeping our country safe.
I’m trying to drum up new recruits for Project Valour-IT today. The daily report from Villainous Company is not surprising — we are ahead of the curve on our fundraising goal, but the rate of donations is dropping off as the initial wave of people recruited have done their good deed. We need more websites and blogs so we can get more donations to our worthy cause.
So, I’ve done something today that is pretty out of the ordinary for me. I’ve solicited other bloggers to join the cause, and I’m not just talking people I actually know. I’ve also contacted some (relatively) well-known gaming bloggers that don’t know me from Adam. Hopefully, I’ll get a few recruits and even more donations out of this effort.
If you are reading this and want to join the cause, here is the link for the Marine team sign-up: http://soldiersangels.org/index.php?page=join-marines-team
Edit: heh, I submitted a form to Olivia Munn. She’s an Air Force brat and has mentioned supporting the troops in the past. If she or Bob Parsons comes through, we’ll be rocking. Unless she joins the Air Force team. Well, bad for the Marine team, awesome for our injured soldiers
He might not be that famous by name, actually, but as the founder of GoDaddy.com Bob Parsons has probably had a bigger impact on the Internet than any other Marine. In just a few years GoDaddy has become the biggest domain registrar in the world, three times as big as its nearest competitor.
As a former Marine, Vietnam vet, Purple Heart recipient, and IT entrepreneur, I thought he’d make a perfect person to highlight during Project Valour-IT. On top of that, his company assembles an electronic Marine Corps birthday card every year. They haven’t put the 2009 card up yet (I reckon that will be out on Nov 10th), so instead I’m putting up a link to last year’s card.
GoDaddy.com / Bob Parson Tribute to the 233rd Birthday of the USMC
I think I’ll see if I can contact him personally for a donation to Project Valour-IT. Wish me luck!
Edit: couldn’t find a contact for him, but did find the GoDaddy Cares charitable request form, which I’ve submitted. Cross yer fingers, and please consider donating yourself if you haven’t already. Thanks!
You know, say what you want about the dude and his marketing strategies, but the fact remains that Bob Parsons knows how to build and run a business: he grew Parsons Technology from his basement business into a $64M sale to Intuit in 10 years, and GoDaddy has grown from a new registrar to the market leader, three times as big as its nearest competitor. I really appreciate his no-bullshit demeanor and the fact that he takes the time out to produce his informative, entertaining video blog. Yes, it is also self-marketing, but it’s obvious he’s having a good time while providing the lessons he’s learned in business over the years.
Check out his current video blog entry: http://www.bobparsons.me/Blog28.html?watch=1; and I’ll paste his “16 Rules for Success in Business & Life In General” here, too:
- Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
- Never give up.
- When you are ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
- Accept the worst possible outcome.
- Focus on what you want to have happen.
- Take things a day at a time.
- Always be moving forward.
- Be quick to decide.
- Measure everything of significance.
- Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
- Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
- Never let anybody push you around.
- Never expect life to be fair.
- Solve your own problems.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.
- There’s always a reason to smile.
He’s a Vietnam vet who gives a shout-out to the USMC on its birthday every year. I don’t even agree with a lot of his politics, but he I think he’s pretty cool.