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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

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Tech Moves: Cheezburger hires a new funny man; Demand Media CEO resigns; Apptio taps sales pro; etc.

—Cheezburger continues to layer on all sorts of new executive toppings as the Seattle online humor network looks to reposition itself and grow its audience of seven million monthly unique visitors. The latest addition is Cyrus Krohn, a former Microsoftie who previously co-founded Crowdverb, which was acquired by WPP Group. Krohn will serve as executive… Read More

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Ben Huh’s Circa news service hires Reuters social media guru as editor-in-chief

Circa, the mobile app hoping to redefine news presentation, today announced that it has hired Reuters social media editor Anthony de Rosa as its editor-in-chief. The seven-month-old company, which was co-founded by Seattle-based Cheezburger Network CEO Ben Huh, said that de Rosa will start work next month. The social media guru has spent the last… Read More

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Here’s a way to attract developers: Give away puppies

Seattle startups have been pretty dang creative with how they hire talented developers. Two years ago, Cheezburger stood outside of an Amazon company meeting with free Dick’s cheeseburgers in hopes of luring talent away from the online giant. Then, now-defunct Giant Thinkwell tried giving away free cats in exchange for interviews. Scott Porad leads product development at dog sitting… Read More

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The cat’s out of the bag: Former Cheezburger CTO Scott Porad joins dog sitting service Rover.com

In his previous life, Scott Porad ran the technical operations for one of the world’s largest cat blogs: I Can Has Cheezburger. But now Porad, who left Cheezburger last month, has leashed an entirely new opportunity. Of all places, he’s landed at Rover.com, the Seattle startup that specializes in matching pet sitters with dog owners…. Read More

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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 tech whiz Scott Porad to depart the company

Cheezburger Chief Technology Officer Scott Porad is stepping down from the online comedy network after five years on the job, GeekWire has learned. “It’s sad to see an original member of our team move on, but we respect Scott’s desire to take a step back and spend some time with his family to decide what’s… 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

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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

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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

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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

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Donuts and Cheezburger among WSJ’s top 50 VC-backed startups

Investors are always chasing the “next big thing” in technology. And now The Wall Street Journal has created a list of its picks of those venture-backed companies poised for the big leagues. Will some crash and burn? Undoubtedly. But after considering nearly 6,000 companies, here are the top 50 startups that The Wall Street Journal… Read More

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LOLwork: Cheezburger TV show coming to Bravo Nov. 7

Bravo film crews have been hanging out at Cheezburger’s offices in lower Queen Anne, getting footage for the release of their new reality TV show. Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh has been keeping his lips sealed when it comes to anything having to do with the new show. But Bravo just released some previews, and announced… Read More

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Foundry Group adds $225M to its venture capital pool

Foundry Group, the Colorado venture capital firm that’s backed Seattle area upstarts such as Big Door, SEOMoz and Cheezburger as well as Portland-based Cloudability, announced today the closing of their third fund — Foundry Venture Capital 2012 LP. The fund clocks in at $225 million, the same amount that it raised in its previous fund. Foundry Group invests in software and… Read More

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Tech Moves: Cheezburger adds AllRecipes vet Dunn as Sawicki changes roles

Cheezburger’s Todd Sawicki is transitioning to a new position at the online humor network, taking on the role of vice president of audience. Taking over for Sawicki is newly-appointed chief revenue officer Amber Dunn, a former senior vice president at Seattle-based AllRecipes.com. Dunn will oversee Cheezburger’s advertising sales, marketing and merchandising. Both Sawicki and Dunn… Read More

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Cheezburger gets Olympic spirit with ROFLympics

Cheezburger is turning its focus from cats to Olympians with a new site called ROFLympics 2012 that’s launched just in time for the opening ceremonies in London (which start in about three hours). For those not hip to Internet slang, ROFL is an acronym which means “rolling on the floor laughing.” Cheezburger, the Seattle network of comedy… Read More