WHD Events GmbH acquires conferences from NamesCon.
GoDaddy is selling its NamesCon and CloudFest conferences.
The company inherited the businesses when it acquired Host Europe Group in 2017. NamesCon management did a good job of keeping arm’s length with GoDaddy during its ownership, but it surely created some consternation amongst sponsors. GoDaddy became a larger presence at the conference after acquiring it.
GoDaddy has committed to sponsoring the event in the future.
WHD Events GmbH is the buyer. Corporate database searches don’t show this entity yet, and I suspect it’s a new business spun up for the acquisition.
More details (including the ownership) will be revealed after the deal closes.
WHD is the short form for “WorldHostingDays”. Here in germany exists a ten years old company, called WHD GmbH, which – BTW – has an american owner since 2017: Godaddy Inc. WHD is also the 100 % owner of WorldHostingDays USA Inc.
Andrew Allemann says
Yes, these were companies that GoDaddy acquired in the Host Europe acquisition. WHD Events GmbH is a different company, though.
Anita Walker says
If it’s a different company then why does it have the same sounding name? Sounds fishy to me and like and attempt to make it look like a non-monopolistic situation.
jeff schneider says
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Mark Thorpe says
Not surprising. GoDaddy only wants to own something that makes them money.
I told you that GoDaddy does not care about domainers. They did not fool me.
John Berryhill says
“GoDaddy only wants to own something that makes them money.”
Well, yes, that’s pretty much their responsibility to their shareholders.
But Namescon itself is pretty much run on a basis where attendees pay to hear people who have paid to advertise whatever they are selling anyway. That’s how you end up with stupid crap like “Secrets to Triple Your TM Typo Earnings”.