Serious Business Lessons from Ben Huh of Lolcats Fame

July 29, 2012

10:00 am

Born in Korea, Ben Huh acquired I Can Has Cheezburger early on and grew it into the massively successful Cheezburger Network, with funny sites on lolcatsepic failsmemes, and more.

At a recent event in Vancouver, Huh shared some surprisingly heartfelt, insightful, and honest lessons about building a business and dealing with setbacks.

“I’m an entrepreneur, which means I have a disease which makes me really bored after a certain amount of time.”

“Very powerful words: ‘Do you need any help?’” (how Huh got involved with Cheezburger)

“Our original estimate was that for every 10 sites we built, 8 of them would fail.” 

“In a world of blind men, the one that can grope better wins.”

“We don’t have a fear of talking about our failures. We don’t hide our mistakes. Because we know that running a startup is really…hard, and it’s a lot harder if you lie about it. It’s a lot harder if you can’t be honest about the situation you’re in, and you can’t be honest about asking for help.” 

“The best advice that I got: you are not as good as you think you are, and you are not as bad as people say you are.”

“It’s not about following the proper path – it’s entrepreneurship….It’s however you make it. As long as it’s legal and ethical, you’re totally fine.” 

“Life is never what you think it’s going to be. When you progress through life, it is not a straight line.”

“If you believe your dream is to follow the money, you will leave the world nothing; if you follow your dreams, you will leave the world a gift.”

And here’s a link to Ben Huh’s favorite lolcat.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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