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Go Daddy chooses Kirkland over Bellevue for new location | Update
Go Daddy is expanding again with a permanent office in Kirkland, officials announced June 12.
The company signed a lease June 12 for a new 10,000-square-foot office at Carillon Point.
Ten employees are already operating out of a temporary office at Carillon Point and they are set to move into the new space in October. The company also expects to expand the Kirkland operation to 20-30 people over the next several months, officials said.
Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving and other company officials visited Kirkland in April to negotiate with Kirkland Council members about potentially expanding here. The company also considered Bellevue as a central location.
“It was a tough call,” said Irving, a former Kirkland resident. “Both Bellevue and Kirkland are beautiful … both are hotbeds for top-tier tech talent. It really came down to a combination of factors that helped give Kirkland the edge.”
Irving said the facility itself is a good fit because the price was a bit better and being at Carillon Point allows “employees [to] boat right to work if they want.”
When Mayor Joan McBride and Councilwoman Amy Walen met with Go Daddy executives, McBride said they expressed interest in wanting to be involved in the “civic life of the community.”
“They’ve been privy to some of our plans to the [Cross Kirkland Corridor] with connecting the corridor to our business districts,” Walen said, who was former neighbors with Go Daddy International Senior Vice President James Carroll.
“It’s a very good thing for Kirkland,” McBride added. “As we bring more and more high-tech companies to Kirkland, we’ll be able to attract more start-up companies and continue to grow our base of employers.”
While Go Daddy spokeswoman Kari Amarosso couldn’t disclose specific negotiations, an email from the city’s economic development manager Ellen Miller-Wolfe stated the city offered an express permit, which includes a three-day review upon receipt of the plans and permit issuance with a week. She said this “helped put Kirkland on top.”
In a previous report, Go Daddy officials disclosed they are planning a Kirkland location that will be a “place to kick-off international products and services.”
Go Daddy is the world’s largest provider of Web hosting and domain names. The privately-held company is backed by KKR, Silver Lake Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures and is rapidly expanding both domestically and internationally.
Go Daddy now serves more than 11 million paying customers worldwide and is the largest Web hosting and domain name registrar on the planet. Go Daddy leverages its award-winning talent and personalized approach to help small businesses create their digital identity, build websites and harness the power of the Internet.
For more information on the 20-30 open Go Daddy jobs in Kirkland, visit GoDaddy.com/Jobs.