NWEN Venture Breakfast: The Shifting Balance Between Filter and Creator

Join us for the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s May Venture Breakfast.

Speaker: Ben Huh, Pet Holdings

If you’ve seen pictures of “talking” cats, you’ve seen Pet Holdings. Pet Holdings runs one of the largest blog networks in the world, including the content sites icanhascheezburger.com, failblog.org, graphjam.com and others. Despite the odd-ball and niche nature of the content, PH has grown into a profitable business, serving more than 160 million monthly page views. 100% of the content featured on Pet Holdings’ sites are user-generated and user-filtered.

Technology, transparency, and competition make user-generated content and filtering possible, and it’s turned mainstream media upside down. Ben Huh, CEO of Pet Holdings, will talk about how Pet Holdings thinks about the filter, its role, and how it’s affecting the way business brands and personal reputations are built.

ABOUT BEN: Ben Huh is the CEO of Pet Holdings. He lives in a strange alternate-universe where people make a living from memes, viral humor and crowd-sourced content. Ben and his team of 11 run one of the largest blog networks in the world from a teeny office under the Space Needle, serving up hundreds of millions of pictures a month and making people happy for 5 minutes a day. I Can Has Cheezburger? (the book) spent 13 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, and Pet Holdings’ meteoric growth has been chronicled in Business Week, Wired, and Washington Post.