Cheezburger has raised $5 million in funding according to an SEC filing. Cheezburger is known as the parent company for several humorous content channels like I Can Has Cheezburger, Fail Blog, and Memebase. Investors in this round include Foundry Group, Madrona Venture Group, Avalon Ventures, and SoftBank Capital. Cheezburger was launched by Ben Huh in 2007. The company has over 50 websites in their network. The company makes money from advertising, book publishing, and merchandising. The company raised $30 million in funding last year. Cheezburger even has a reality show where the camera interviews employees and follows the day-to-day at the company called “LOLwork.” A Cheezburger spokesperson said that the new round of funding will go towards building a social humor platform.
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LOLwork is a comedy-documentary series that focuses on the offices of I Can Has Cheezburger. LOLwork debuted yesterday on November 7th on the TV channel Bravo. I Can Has Cheezburger is a 6-year-old website that showcases lolcat memes. The lolcat memes are cat photos with funny text.
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The Cheezburger network of websites include FAIL Blog and LOLcats. The company has raised $30 million in funding led by the Foundry Group, Avalon Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, and SoftBank Capital. Brad Feld (Foundry), Greg Gottesman (Madrona), and Rich Levandov (Avalon) will be joining the board of directors at Cheezburger. I Can Has Cheezburger now has a total of $32.5 million.
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In a blog post that FailBlog.org wrote on July 8, 2009 that is featured in the screenshot above is a screenshot from the Guiness World Records Limited website. The website unintentionally is encouraging someone to break the record for “Most Individuals Killed In A Terrorist Attack.” The “Break This Record” button appears as a default for every single Guiness World Record. Its Fail Blog’s job to go scour the Internet and every day society to find these types of “fails.”
Guiness World Records Limited did not take kindly to Failblog pointing out their “fail” so they sent the website a takedown notice. “Use of the GUINESS WORLD RECORDS trademark without permission constitutes trademark infringement,” stated the letter sent to Fail Blog. Below is a witty response that Fail Blog made as a result of the takedown notice.
Since we at FAIL Blog(TM) don’t have a legal defense department, we have complied with your request to remove the trademarked term and logo from the original image. We have used the “naughty bits filter” on the image to secure your naughty, naughty, trademark assertions. However, we have posted your email so that our audience can see why we had to remove the name of the failer from the image. I hope that this is the outcome you have expected as now NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW THAT GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS LIMITED HAS FAILED.
Ouch! Maybe this embarrasing Fail Blog response will discourage people from sending Fail Blog takedown notices in the future. Fail Blog is part of the I Can Has Cheezburger network.
Pet Holdings has acquired Twittypic. Twittypic basically watches what are the most popular videos and pictures on Twitter and posts them in a blog format. Twittypic wasn’t that popular of a blog, but perhaps Pet Holdings can change that. After all, other Pet Holdings blogs GraphJam and Fail Blog are all doing pretty well. Pet Holdings will be changing the name of Twittypic to “Son of a Tweet.”
Twittypic has a thumbs up and thumbs down rating system. Founder of Pet Holdings Ben Huh plans Twittypic “to replicate Digg, just using Twitter as the source.” Other websites that have similar functionality as what Pet Holdings is describing include http://twitturly.com/ and http://www.tweetmeme.com/.
“We think it is going to be big,” stated Huh. “Other people are trying to figure out who is popular (on Twitter). We don’t care about who, we care about what people like.” Pet Holdings next project is a way to create funny captions on YouTube videos.