I Can Has $30M? Cheezburger Raises Big Bucks

Ben Huh plans to 'hire, hire, hire'

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2011 9:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Never underestimate the power of a funny cat: Cheezburger, the publisher of esteemed sites like LOLcats and FAIL Blog, has just raised $30 million in its first round of institutional funding. The money will allow Cheezburger to "hire, hire, hire," says founder Ben Huh, who plans to bulk up the company's current roster of 50 employees. Android and iPhone apps are in the works, reports Mashable, which notes that Foundry Group, which led the funding, has also invested in Facebook darling Zynga.

The publisher that brought you this brilliance grabbed $30 million...
The publisher that brought you this brilliance grabbed $30 million...   (©Michael Berch)
Cheezburger's Ben Huh.
Cheezburger's Ben Huh.   (?dsearls)
In this photo provided by Gotham Publishing, the cover of I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun is shown.
In this photo provided by Gotham Publishing, the cover of "I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun" is shown.   (AP Photo/Gotham Publishing)
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