GoDaddy Founder On His Earliest Entrepreneurial Endeavor: Lemonade | Forbes

“Jesus Christ, kid, that’s the worst fucking lemonade!” recalls Bob Parsons through laughter. The founder of GoDaddy, PXG and more tells the story of his earliest business venture. Although it went south, Parsons learned from an early age that entrepreneurship was in his blood, and that was just the beginning.

Parsons grew up “poor as a church mouse” in inner-city Baltimore and struggled in school, flunking the fifth grade. He sold software firm Parsons Technology to Intuit for $64 million in 1994; three years later he launched Jomax Technologies, later renamed GoDaddy. In 2014, Parsons founded PXG, which makes high-performance golf equipment and apparel. He also owns commercial real estate, motorcycle dealerships, a production company and the Scottsdale National Golf Club in Arizona. Parsons and his wife have given away more than $250 million to charities since 2012.

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