Here’s how Cheezburger executed a kickass kitten delivery viral marketing stunt with Uber

It’s not easy putting together a one-day viral marketing campaign in three cities that involves cute kittens, customized cupcakes and seven months of planning. But that’s exactly what Seattle-based humor website Cheezburger and on-demand car service Uber managed to pull off a few weeks ago when they partnered to deliver kittens to your doorstep. On Oct. 29, cat-lovers… Read More


Circa launches news app on Android, redefines how we consume breaking news on mobile

Circa, the year-old news app that wants to redefine how we consume news on our mobile devices, today launched on Android and also debuted a redesigned app for iOS 7. Circa doesn’t give you full-length articles found in newspapers or on websites. Instead, the editorial team aggregates top stories and breaks them down into units of news that… Read More


A mayor, CEO and bachelor forming teams to raise health awareness with EveryMove

EveryMove wants to help people get healthy and is hoping that three well-known Seattleites will help drive interest to its fitness-focused platform. EveryMove, a Seattle-area startup that lets users track their healthy habits and rewards them with gift cards and reduced health-care premiums, is putting on a 2013 Resolution Team Challenge to encourage team-based healthy initiatives…. Read More


On the prowl for more laughs, Cheezburger gobbles up cash

Cheezburger Network, the Seattle online comedy network behind Fail Blog, I Can Has Cheezburger, The Daily What and dozens of other sites, has raised an additional $5 million in funding. A SEC filing today notes that the new cash is part of a $6.1 million round. “The funds will be used to continue to build… Read More

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Cheezburger’s Ben Huh on angel investing: It’s not for me

It’s a typical path for successful entrepreneurs — take some of the new-found riches and recycle it by bankrolling other entrepreneurs. But that’s not something that Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh believes is the right course for him. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Huh said he tried his luck at angel investing, but… Read More

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Ben Huh: How to create an Internet meme in 3 easy steps

(Video courtesy of Felice Lam) Ben Huh kicked up his black and white leather dress shoes and bounced onstage mimicing the pop singer PSY, whose “Gangnam Style” now has more than 600 million views and a record-breaking 4.6 million likes. It was a brilliant intro to his presentation on Internet memes at the Seattle Interactive Conference that —… Read More


Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse: Tech execs dance Gangnam Style

How do you know when an Internet meme has run its course? Executives do stuff like this at conferences. In the span of two hours today, executives from two Seattle tech startups started their talks at the Seattle Interactive conference with “Gangnam Style” dances. First was Glenn Walcott, president of Seattle-based DoubleDown Interactive, who started… Read More


Circa: A mobile app hoping to redefine news presentation

For months, Ben Huh was uncharacteristically mum about his online journalism startup. But finally today, Circa swung its curtains open in hopes to redefine the way readers consume their news. Circa, which launched its app this morning, centers on the idea that traditional news format on a print product is a completely different beast than on… Read More


Todd Sawicki departs Cheezburger, eyes next big thing

Cheezburger’s former chief revenue officer is moving on. Todd Sawicki tells GeekWire that he’s left the Seattle-based online comedy network, a move that comes just a month after he transitioned to a new role at the company. “I like the 2 people to 100 person ride — 100 to infinity is very different,” Sawicki tells… Read More


Ben Huh news startup Circa raises $750K seed funding

Cheezburger Network founder Ben Huh has been uncharacteristically quiet about Circa, his online journalism startup. Now word is out that Circa has raised $750,000 in seed funding. TechCrunch reports that the seed money comes from eonCapital, Quotidian Ventures, TechStars’ David Cohen and David Tisch, Tumblr’s David Karp, Eric Norlin’s SK Ventures, Manesh Arora, Pedro Torres-Picon,… Read More


The new Cheezburger redesign: Faster, funnier and fewer trolls

Cheezburger’s rise to the top of the Internet charts has certainly been impressive to watch, leaving some investors kicking themselves that they didn’t have the foresight to invest early in the online comedy network. But what’s been most impressive about Cheezburger is how the company has strung together so many oddball Web sites, slapping things… Read More


Microsoft Windows as a ‘beautiful metaphor’ and other comments of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “Windows really is a beautiful metaphor for computing and with the new logo we wanted to celebrate the idea of a window, in perspective.” –Microsoft’s Sam Moreau in a blog post describing the concepts behind the company’s new Windows logo. “Whenever you answer something,… Read More


Watch Ben Huh debate an NBC executive over SOPA

It took an email from my mom in Ohio to realize just how big the controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act had become. Last night, she emailed to tell me that Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh was on The NewsHour debating an executive from NBC over the measure. My mom, a… Read More


Amazon: We dislike piracy, but ‘strongly oppose’ SOPA

Amazon.com will not be blacking out its Web site tomorrow in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act as Cheezburger and Wikipedia plan to do. But the Seattle online retailer still thinks the legislation is flawed. SOPA and PIPA, also known as the Protect IP Act, would allow copyright holders to shut down Web sites accused of… Read More


Weekend Radar: Go Daddy’s SOPA scramble, Google’s new Seattle boss, and holiday Kindle puzzles

A roundup of news and headlines on our radar this holiday weekend …  After withdrawing its support for the controversial Stop Online Privacy Act, Internet registrar Go Daddy is now scrambling to keep its customer base intact, calling people who shifted large numbers of domains away from the company, reports the Next Web. “I think… Read More