What’s it like being married to one of the worst-dressed men in tech? Emily Huh lives with that pain every day, and things seem to be working out just fine.
But it isn’t Ben Huh’s fashion sense, or Emily’s tolerance for it, that has landed them on GeekWire’s Newsmakers of the Year list for 2011, even though we got a few chuckles out of GQ’s special recognition of Ben’s preference for cat t-shirts.
The husband-and-wife team (Ben serves as CEO, while Emily works as editor-in-chief) have made our list for building one of the most surprising (and hilarious) success stories in Seattle tech.
In the course of a few years, they’ve transformed a small cat photo blog into an international Web humor juggernaut. Cheezburger’s 50 or so comedy sites now attract more than 20 million monthly visitors, making it bigger than The Wall Street Journal’s Web site and many other well known media brands.
That’s no joke.
And 2011 was perhaps the biggest year yet for the entrepreneurial duo. It started in January when Cheezburger announced a whopping $30 million venture capital round, money that the Huhs said they would use to expand their growing humor empire.
It didn’t take long. In March, Cheezburger bought the online encyclopedia of Internet cultural trends: Know Your Meme. They’ve rolled out new books, and finally introduced a comprehensive mobile app for those who need a few giggles on the go.
Just last month, the company kicked off one of its most ambitious projects yet, an experimental offering called Cheezburger Sites that allows its growing ranks to develop their own personal humor pages.
With those sites and others in the works, expect the LOLs to continue.