*[News] company update*Thu, Jun 21, 2012 11:14 AM
_________________________________________Hello Fellow Gators,
There have been rumors flying around the web and the office about
HostGator being sold for many years now. I'd like to address these
rumors and put many of your fears to rest. I still own 100% of
HostGator and haven't collected a single penny towards any buyouts at
The latest rumor is the first that actually has some truth behind it.
I have indeed agreed to sell HostGator to Endurance International Group, which is why you're hearing stories
about EIG raising financing to purchase us. We are currently under
contract and if everything goes according to plan, EIG will be
purchasing HostGator in the next 3-4 weeks. This is the first time in
HostGator's history that we have ever reached an agreement on the
terms needed to complete a deal.
In the last few months, I've spent countless hours getting to know
EIG's CEO Hari Ravichandran, and I can honestly say that he is one of
the most trustworthy and knowledgeable people that I've ever met. In
other deals we've looked at, the potential buyers have only seen
HostGator as a slot machine and that's not true of Hari. He clearly
understands that HostGator is the 800 pound gorilla that it is today
thanks to all of you who provide the legendary support that HostGator is known
It's only natural for all of you to be apprehensive towards change and
the fear of possibly losing your job. I can write whatever I want in order to
cover for EIG, but I would rather let the facts speak for themselves:
When I first heard about EIG purchasing Bluehost in November 2010, I
was extremely ecstatic. The first thoughts that came to mind were that
EIG was going to destroy the company, resulting in one of our biggest
competitors going the way of the dodo. However, rather than plunder
and pillage, they've hired and flourished. Bluehost was at 280
employees when the sale closed and they have 450 today. Their
management team has stayed the same and the culture has stayed the
same. Now, the Bluehost culture, employees, and philosophy have taken
hold to become the new status quo of EIG.
I'm confident the same will happen once again with the best of
HostGator culture, ideas, people, and leadership coming together at
EIG to create a more powerful hosting company than the world has ever
seen. In fact, I've heard that EIG with HostGator will be even bigger
Once this deal is complete, I will continue to own all of the
HostGator occupied buildings through Oxley Leasing. EIG and I will
soon have a leasing deal in place that will not only include all of
the current occupied space leased, but will also expand Austin by
30,000 square feet as well as Houston by another 10,000-20,000 square
feet. Hari has also told me that one of his first acts of business
will be to do a major renovation of the Houston office. If EIG planned
on downsizing, they wouldn't be signing such huge expansions in both
Houston and Austin.
HostGator will be EIG's largest acquisition to date and with that it's
going to create countless opportunities for each and every person. Not
only at HostGator, but also at other EIG brands. I can't stress enough how
instrumental it will be for EIG to replicate HostGator's strengths
across all of their brands, and to do that, they will need HostGator
leaders and know how.
There are many of you who are going to call me crazy for deciding to
sell during a time in which HostGator has experienced unprecedented
growth and success. I'll do my best below to share a few of the many
reasons behind my decision:
* I want to travel the world before my wife and I have kids.
* I've been doing HostGator since I was 18, and I'm looking for a new
* I'm extremely worried about the financial path our country is headed down.
* Taxes will be going up significantly in 2013, making it more
difficult for business owners.
* I've failed more times than I can count to launch software that
would allow us to compete as a registrar.
* We have tried and failed to develop a billing system that has
automated and can integrate with our key systems such as chat, phone,
affiliates, and tickets. I think we are finally on the right track,
but unfortunately I no longer have the patience to wait for it to all
come together. Thankfully EIG has tackled a lot of these challenges
* I have practically 100% of my chips in HostGator and if something
should ever happen to the company, I'd more than likely be bankrupt in
a matter of a few months.
I could stick with HostGator for a few more years and turn it into a
multi-billion dollar business, but I think now is the right time for
me to move on and to let the company continue to grow and succeed
If any of you have any questions, feel free to email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best to get them answered. The key
thing to remember is that this deal isn't complete yet, and if and
when it completes, Adam Farrar and the rest of management won't be