Go Daddy CEO takes flak for shooting elephant

'Scummiest' CEO raises company image with bad publicity

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Elephant attacks are a problem in both India and Africa – one that is increasing as human settlements encroach on territory in which elephants live wild. Hunting is considered a legitimate approach, within limits.

The motivation for most hunts for elephant and other big game is commercial, however, run by safari companies working with local authorities to bring in tourist dollars, not primarily to preserve wildlife.

Most companies hate the kind of negative publicity Parsons attracts, especially when it is thought to be putting itself up for sale for as much as $1 billion.

Go Daddy just uses Parsons’ ability to generate controversy and rough-hewn persona to raise its profile even more.

Many of those commenting on Parsons’ blog did promise to cancel their accounts, but their numbers probably won’t make much of a dent.

The private company reportedly brings in more than $800 million in revenue, holds more than 40 million domain names and registers half of all the new domains registered in the world.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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