GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Shares Life Story in New Memoir

Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy and PXG, releases memoir "FIRE IN THE HOLE!" detailing his life, including Vietnam War service and struggles with PTSD. The book took two years to complete and offers insights into his upbringing, war experiences, and business achievements.

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GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Shares Life Story in New Memoir

GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Shares Life Story in New Memoir

Bob Parsons, the 73-year-old founder of GoDaddy and PXG, has released his memoir "FIRE IN THE HOLE!" detailing his remarkable journey from humble beginnings in East Baltimore to becoming one of the wealthiest people in America with a net worth of $3.6 billion. The book chronicles Parsons' life, including his service in the Vietnam War as a Marine, where he was wounded in 1969 and earned a Purple Heart.

Parsons struggled with PTSD for nearly half a century after returning from the war, but writing about his experiences in the memoir proved to be a cathartic process. "I've been tight with about six guys that I served with in Vietnam... and for years they talked to me again and again and again, saying, 'Man, you gotta write a book, you gotta write a book,'" Parsons revealed. The memoir took two years to complete with the help of co-author Laura Morton.

Despite the challenges he faced, Parsons went on to achieve incredible success as an entrepreneur. He sold his microcomputer software company Parsons Technology to Intuit for $50 million and led GoDaddy.com to an industry-changing presence before selling it for $2.3 billion. Parsons also founded PXG, a golf upstart brand that has become an industry stalwart in its decade of existence.

Reflecting on his journey, Parsons credits luck and a guardian angel as integral parts of his success. "Everything that I wanted to do, I did. So I mean, I never regretted any decision that I made because it either turned out to be pretty good or almost just as importantly, I learned from it," he shared. Parsons underwent psychedelic therapy in 2017, which he says helped him heal from PTSD. "When your options are none, that's where we'd all be surprised. And when that PTSD wells up within you, it's not a sorrow. It is just something uncontrollable that just happens at the damnedest time to me still," Parsons admitted.

Parsons' memoir is a candid and introspective account of his life, offering insights into his upbringing, his Vietnam War service, his struggles with PTSD, and his remarkable business achievements. With his distinctive presence as an entrepreneur and his passion for service people and blue-collar workers, Parsons has been driven to figure out everything from computer languages to golf club stewardship. "I literally think I have an angel. But when I write about how I've learned to deal with PTSD, I hope people can see there's a path, there's hope," Parsons reflected.

Key Takeaways

  • Bob Parsons, 73, releases memoir "FIRE IN THE HOLE!" detailing his life journey.
  • Parsons struggled with PTSD for 50 years after Vietnam War, found catharsis in writing.
  • He achieved success as entrepreneur, selling companies for $50m and $2.3b.
  • Parsons credits luck and a guardian angel for his success.
  • He hopes his memoir offers hope for others struggling with PTSD.