BLAKE IRVING

There is nothing quite so remarkable as seeing a flash of inspiration grow and evolve into an industry. In my past executive positions at Microsoft and Yahoo!, I've taken great ideas to market many times over. But as CEO of Go Daddy, I have the opportunity to help millions of others - artists, inventors and entrepreneurs - make their ideas real, and that's an incredible privilege and honor. For me this work is much more than just a job. My passion in life is in building powerful tools and experiences for individuals and business at a global scale, and in the process, helping people find greater success and deeper meaning in their own lives. My life's work has been to transform the web as we know it into an even more powerful resource for commerce, communications, understanding and entertainment—and there's simply no better place (or people) on earth to do that than Go Daddy.

Prior to joining Go Daddy, I was Yahoo!'s Chief Product Officer, where I led the vision, strategy, design and development of their worldwide consumer and advertiser product portfolio. During my time there, I grew the company to nearly one billion active PC and mobile users worldwide—positioning Yahoo! to surpass Google and Facebook as the world’s most popular online destination today. In that time I launched 180 new Yahoo! web sites around the globe, and rolled out new products in 23 new languages and 30 new markets.

Before Yahoo!, I spent 15 years at Microsoft, serving in various senior roles, most recently as Corporate Vice President of the Windows Live Platform where I led the creation, development and operations of Microsoft's global online services business. With an operating and R&D budget exceeding $1 billion, I rolled out international development teams in China, Japan, and Europe for Windows Live and MSN, led the development and launch of Microsoft's first in-house advertising system (ad-expert), sponsored IAB ad standards and drove the growth of Microsoft advertising revenue toward a multi-billion dollar business. In my tenure at Microsoft, I also launched several new products - including MSN Messenger - and grew others like Hotmail from 7 million to 290 million users.

I began my career in 1981 at Xerox Corp. - a company then at the forefront of digital innovation with PARC - and have been involved in numerous products and services that are now staples of the internet, including typography, communications on the personal computer,