Pizza Fusion's Vaughan Lazar Cancels GoDaddy Accounts in Wake of Elephant Slaughter

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Bob Parsons, right before he started losing money.
Vaughan Lazar is pissed. The Pizza Fusion czar is definitely not down with elephant slaughter, and when GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons bragged about killing a male on video in Zimbabwe (which experts say was actually a protected female), Lazar lost it. And Parsons lost business. A lot of it. Lazar told CPC he's pulling more than 130 domain names he registered with GoDaddy. Clean Plate Clean: What will your move cost GoDaddy, do you think? 

Lazar: I only use GoDaddy for their domain name purchases, but if I were to renew them all today, it could cost me thousands. I currently have 50 domains up for renewal. If I were to renew these domains now, it would cost me about $1,000 on GoDaddy. If I was hosting each site with them, it would cost much more. They have millions of customers, and $1,000 can quickly grow with just a small number of their customers leaving them. I understand there are thousands of others who are just as upset as I am and are taking their web business elsewhere. 

130 is a lot of domain names. Are they all pizza-related? 

Not all of them are pizza-related. I have several other businesses I bought domains for, like Kapow! Noodle Bar that I'm opening, a couple of nonprofits I've started, as well as a few "green"-related domains. I'd say that about a fourth of the domains I own with GoDaddy are Pizza Fusion-related, though. 

How, exactly, did you come to this decision? 

When I first learned of Bob Parsons' video of him killing an African elephant, I was appalled. I was hoping it was another tasteless PR stunt that Parsons is known for. But it was exactly what I saw -- him heartlessly killing an amazing, majestic animal for sport. Despite his claims that he was "killing a problem animal that was a nuisance to villagers' crops," I wasn't buying it. I completely understand the concept of "animal culling" as well. I'm sorry to say, Bob -- with all your money, you could've relocated these "problem animals" to a reserve and fed the entire village for life without making them wear GoDaddy schwag. I believe, as a business owner, we have the ability to create change for the greater good of all and lead by example. We all vote with our hard-earned dollars, and mine will be voting with another service provider. GoDaddy has lost my business for life.

NOTE: Reps from Venovix, a web hosting and cloud services company, tell Clean Plate Charlie that they have launched a "NoDaddy" promotion for anyone who wants to leave GoDaddy. They are offering free domain migrations for a $2 donation to the International Elephant Foundation. They're also giving six months free web hosting (with a 1-year hosting commitment) to those transferring their web hosting to Venovix. The company has committed to donating 20% of all hosting revenues generated from the NoDaddy promotion.  Click here for more details: http://www.venovix.com/elephantconservation.



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jjaazzy
jjaazzy

People generally wake up once it starts hitting them in the wallet. Thank you Lazar for taking a stand and hitting a guy where it really hurts. I hope the trickle effect of this stupidity really wakes others up too.

Joe Moe
Joe Moe

People who trophy hunt animals to boost their apparently imploded egos are pathetic... Especially when we are talking lions, leopards, elephants and other wild animals who are in serious decline... Mr. Lazar here on the other hand... You're a REAL man... Big time kudos to you buddy... and a big load of respect from Denmark...

Dennis
Dennis

I'm sure godaddy is shaking in their boots over losing such a massive account.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Maybe he can organize a whale hunt for the next company shindig followed up by some dog fighting. Very sad that this GoDaddy macho man is so enamored with himself that he feels the need to publish his blood sports events.

Tricia Woolfenden
Tricia Woolfenden

I'll think of this on Saturday while enjoying a Pizza Fusion pie.

JT Higg
JT Higg

Give me a break. Clearly Lazar is looking to get some PR by jumping on this issue.I'm not buying it. If you truly just believe in the cause, why do you send out a press release and talk to media.

As for Parsons, he did what he did. I'm adult enough to see that his actions don't represent the people who work at Godaddy. Why punish them?

Dan / CheapSites.com
Dan / CheapSites.com

Sorry, but I don't see how this person could be spending $1,000 on 50 domains. I pay less than $7 for renewal fees, and those are the lowest fees in the industry. We own over 2,000 domains, most of them are at Godaddy for a reason.

I get angry when people take up such a strong stance on something that was never an issue. How do you think your meat is delivered to a local Publix every day? Does it grow on trees? Animals are butchered in very painful ways, chickens, pigs, even alligators, are grown for the sole purpose of being butchered for our dinner tables.

If you want to boycott something, try the bankers who have taken millions of dollars in bonuses, or the people who kill animals for the sheer pleasure of taking a life. All you righteous "business owners" are more intelligent than the average crowd, yet you fail to see how ignorant you look when a stance is made after a video is shown to you by your local news. See how close minded you are and how restricted your views of the world are!

Illegal poaching, killing safaris, and regular hunting trips have been around forever. Do you honestly believe he is the only CEO who has done this? Think of what YOU do when nobody is watching, or what the other powerful CEOs have done in the past.

Do you honestly think Bob Parsons cares that you took 130 domains away? He has made his millions, and Godaddy has millions of customers all over the world.

And just to be clear, I'm NOT for killing elephants or supporting Godaddy. My points are simply to point out how close minded and ignorant people can be when it comes to something like this.

My final note on this, Namecheap.com and all those companies doing "promotions" for people who want to move away from Godaddy are simply shameless. They all have incredibly high renewal fees!

If you think Godaddy is too expensive, look for "Godaddy Renewal Coupon Codes" and you'll see how much you've been overpaying. For example: gdbb776 drops the renewal cost of a .net domain to $7.50 - Good luck finding that kind of pricing at Namecheap!

Anyway, good luck to everyone.

Grow Switch
Grow Switch

Right on and thank you, Vaughan!!! We've pulled our main hosting account a couple of weeks ago and are now following you and pulling our remaining domains and hosting accounts. Have also posted this article on FB and our blog.

Glenn
Glenn

Its an elephant folks lets keep our eyes on whats real, I like elephants but if he was in an authorized hunting preserve and it was a legally sanctioned hunt then get a life .

gloria
gloria

THANK YOU so much Mr Lazar now we know we r not boycotting him for nothing We r reposting everything on fb so you may get swamped with thank yous I am a wildlife lover and from all the wildlife especially the gentle giants the Ellies thank you

freakerdude
freakerdude

You will pay the price if you live your life in the limelight and make irrational decisions.

LOSING!

gail shepherd
gail shepherd

There's definitely a "problem animal that's a nuisance to us (global) villagers." And it ain't the elephant.

Tatyana Skymyrka
Tatyana Skymyrka

brilliant caption under the photograph! (which by the way no longer appears in the current version of his video)

John parson
John parson

Big gun, small dick. What a disgrace, hope he goes bust

Eric Haley
Eric Haley

If you want to leave GoDaddy for free, check out this company, Venovix. They're offering free domain migrations and web hosting to GoDaddy customers via their NoDaddy promotion - http://www.webpronews.com/goda...

Gentile Avenger
Gentile Avenger

What kind of psychopath in this day and age would go around killing elephants ,or any other animal, for "sport"?

I'm sure the villagers could have figured out some way to protect themselves instead of the great white hunter swinging his dick around Africa.

GoDaddy can go fuck himself.

Lead Tech
Lead Tech

namecheap.com .... LOL i switched lke last year... go daddy is too much $ for my portfolio...

Susan
Susan

If I lived in Florida, I would satisfy all my pizza needs at Pizza Fusion

Trixie Yaya
Trixie Yaya

What a crappie article...130 domains please.Learn to write more productive subjects.

David Wilson
David Wilson

I'm never using Godaddy again. Disgusted. Vaughan is a true leader on this front. I hope others follow and jump ship...

Guest
Guest

What a bunch of girly-men

AutumnsDad
AutumnsDad

@ Vaughn.... Glad you stood up for what you believe in.@Mr. CheapSites.... You seem more "Concerned" with coming across as "Right" , while Mr. Lazar comes across as "Right" because he is "Concerned".

This may be a simplistic view, but, I personally feel proud to know Vaughn, and am glad he spoke out. You are entitled to your opinion and while you were correct in some aspects of the debate, you completely missed the forest while peeing on only one tree. And it is your attitude of "Who cares, it's just some Elephant" that allows this type of nonsense to thrive. As you yourself stated, he is not the only CEO to do this, it's been going on for hundreds of years. We enlightened (term used tongue-in-cheek) individuals actually want that to stop believe it or not. Quit reading Forbes, start reading National Geographic, PLEASE!

Vaughan Lazar
Vaughan Lazar

Dan...

You obviously missed the point, and the math. If you read the article, it states that I was about to renew 50 domains. If all of us 'normal' people don't have access to neat codes, we pay anywhere from $9.99-$15.99 per year depending on the extension. So, let's say it was for $9.99... X 50 that's almost $500. Now, let's just say, for sake of example, I was renewing these 50 domains for 2 or 3 years, I'm guessing that my costs would be close to a $1,000 wouldn't you? I mean, I not really a math whiz, and my mom did say that if I didn't pay attention in math class, I'd end up making pizza, but I'm guessing that the facts in the article are spot on.

My final note on this.

You said..."Illegal poaching, killing safaris, and regular hunting trips have been around forever. Do you honestly believe he is the only CEO who has done this? Think of what YOU do when nobody is watching, or what the other powerful CEOs have done in the past."

Does that make it right? Ethical? Senselessly slaughtering an elephant wasn't even the whole picture. It was him putting Go Daddy schwag on the villagers and using this as yet another PR stunt... Why else would he sit so proudly atop his new trophy and tweet it out?! There are good decisions you can make and poor decisions as a business owner. This was simply a poor decision on his part. Face it, it was a bad enough decision that you yourself had to make sure you threw in the comment "And just to be clear, I'm NOT for killing elephants or supporting Godaddy." Why all the fuss then? Because you think my math is off? Or was it because you wanted us all to see that the name of your company is Cheapsites.com?

I heard a crazy rumor that women weren't allowed to vote at one time and African-Americans couldn't go to the same schools as Caucasians. At one point, it was OK to abuse animals and you could drink and drive. (All are No Bueno) Are you saying that if Michael Vick was holding these dog fights in an official dog-fighting league in The Ivory Coast, that it makes it ANY better or "OK"? Bob Parsons DOES have millions, and is a Big-Boy, just like me. If he gave a crap, he'd use it for making the world a better place. A guy with that kind of loot could set-up an elephant reserve, put up walls around 1,000 villages and feed them for 100 years. Or better yet, create educational programs to show them how to do all that themselves without having to wear a GoDaddy trucker cap. I, like everyone else reading this, vote with my wallet and my voice. I may be JUST a little guy, but this article and others like it have been picked up and seen by hundreds of thousands of people. I did my part. Am I expecting to put GoDaddy out of business? Come on, I'm a college educated guy and know that 130 domains is nothing to him/them. But if enough people took the same "ignorant" stance as I did... it may prevent other business owners from doing the same stupid stuff.

Oh... one small last point... I run a chain of 22 organic restaurants and I am far from ignorant on food issues. We use only certified humane meats and refuse to work with factory farms. We have a HUGE vegan and vegetarian fanbase and take this responsibility seriously.

I do agree with you on one thing... MANY business owners are ignorant, unfortunately, you picked one that isn't.

Joe Moe
Joe Moe

Exactly... The video in it's original form is altered... The gloat pictures has been removed... What a brave man huh... :)

GFPizza
GFPizza

unfortunately they close the minute they open! missing wellington, palm beach gardens, miami...

Deb
Deb

The number of domains has nothing to do with it...the article is about integrity and conscious business practices. I think it's great, and thank you Clean Plate Charlie for posting about this! GoDaddy has lost my business, too.

Grow Switch
Grow Switch

Couldn't agree more and thank you for recognizing those of us that choose to be vegetarians and vegans!

Dan / CheapSites.com
Dan / CheapSites.com

Thanks for the reply, although none of the things I said were to insult you or the business you represent. I don't have time to reply to your points, but I'll reply to a couple:

1. You costs: Being a business owner, I would assume you'd want to get the best value for your dollars. Therefore, looking at the checkout page, you'll noticed there is a "Coupon code:_________" space? Well that's where most people would search for a coupon and use it. It might not be so much to you, but 30% savings can be substantial when you carry 100s of domains. I'm glad you now know those "neat codes" are available to anyone who wants them.

2. The fuzz? I put my name on the Disqus comments for a reason, I post plenty of comments on OTHER magazines that have a wider range of content with a positive connotation. That being said, I don't need to get traffic or write an article about how I'm pissed about an elephant being killed to increase my clientele. My point is that people need to take on this righteous cause because of an elephant, that has never affected you or your family's life. Yet they ignore massive issues like banking, fraud, murder of human beings, and other calamities we are exposed to on a daily basis. All these righteous business people taking their domains away from Godaddy isn't going to prove ANYTHING other than learning not to post your hunting trip on the internet. It won't prevent ANYONE from killing 50 elephants, it won't even prevent Bob Parsons from spending his holiday murdering innocent bunnies.

Congratulations on your chain of restaurants, I would only hope more people are as aware as you about the horrible things people do to cows, chickens, and pigs to get our meat delivered. If you really would want to make a positive change, boycott farmers who use poisonous pesticides, who torture animals, and overfeed chickens. Then again, that would mean people would have get from sitting on their asses and watch the nightly news... Not happening.

So, good luck with everyone's business! I won't be replying to any commentary brought on by my "radical" point of view... And everyone can go back to their mindlessness.

Joe Moe
Joe Moe

Dan, you don't seem to be very much into how things 'change' in this world of hours... things change because people get aware of things that is, as Mr. Lazar points out, unethical... And believe me many people simply don't know these 'so-last-century' hunts still goes on in 2011... and most people when they find out are disgusted... Killing lions (who have declined by 90% since the 60's), leopards, elephants and other rare animals for fun and a gloat picture is just not ok...But your try to wrap your anger in your post as 'people' have more serious matters to handle and think about.. well most of us STILL do complain about how sick our world are in many of the areas you mention, but that doesn't stop us from reacting on a case like this...

I myself are very active in fighting many battles for the weak and also the voiceless... And I will tell you this... things WILL change... just like they did in the cases Mr. Lazar mentioned... Once many things where considered to be ok and legal...A note on this... Recently a hidden camera showed an old circus elephant being beaten daily by it's caretaker in the UK... the video went viral on facebook and other social sites... Public uproar... and now the politicians in the UK are voting to BAN wild animals in circuses in their country... and believe me it will go through as a survey showed that over 92% of the population want it to be illegal... so there you have it... And trophy hunting elephants, lions, leopards for fun and sport... I will eventually also be illegal... you just wait...

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