VEF Momentum was founded under the Vancouver Enterprise Forum with the purpose of connecting, inspiring and mentoring aspiring and emerging technology entrepreneurs in Vancouver.
Many entrepreneurs have ADHD I coach quite a few. Also quite a few people in high tech have ADHD it’s a competitive edge if you manage it properly. When I sold Apple computers, it seemed a lot more than 5% of my customers had ADHD.
I found it very useful, Ben was very open, honest, direct and helpful. He gave me a few suggestions for ADHD advocacy. Here are my notes from Ben Huh’s talk in tweet format.
Life is never what it’s supposed to be
Weird doesn’t mean you’re alone. Thx internet
You can fuck up, lose $250k, work for $8.50/hr & create a business where investors give you $30 million
More people will experience the internet on the phone then the laptop. The laptop is an anomoly
The internet isn’t something we can take for granted i.e. #sopa #tellviceverything
Internet culture will produce the rockstars of tomorrow
Users create more media in one day than mainstream media creates in a year
In the world of the blind men, the one who gropes better wins
Within 2 weeks of joining the WordPress VIP program, I Can Haz Cheezburger was their largest customer
Crap is now gold
People are inherently weird. Everyone wants to be normal but we should embrace our weirdness
Before mass media, all humour was personal. People’s natural connections are individual
Google Twitter and Facebook are 3 of the would’s most powerful media companies. They don’t create their own content
Cheezburger doesn’t create the content. They facilitate the content
I consume therefore I Internet
I participate therefore I Internet
Running a startup is really hard. If you lie about your failures it’s even harder
Money is only useful if you let it leverage your dreams
The world has too many people who follow money. Too few people who follow their dreams
If you follow money, you’ll die with nothing. If you follow your dreams, you’ll live the world a gift.
There is no proper path with entrepreneurship. As long as it’s legal and ethical it’s fine
Best advice Ben Huh got from an entrepreneur was you’re not as good as you think you are & you’re not as bad as others say you are
Here’s a video of Ben Huh rope jumping off Corona Arch in Utah
More videos on his blog post Cheezburger owns 60 sites and 2,000 domains.
We hire people who want to listen to our audience
My question to him about how Cheezburger filters. We match what machines to very well with what humans do very well. He elaborated a bit more but I wasn’t able to write down those details, if you remember please let me know in the comments.
Memes are native formats to the internet
Eventually you won’t be able to tell the difference between internet culture and mainstream culture
We want to connect to people like us
The Chuck Norris Facts guy wrote several books on it, he got in the NYT bestseller list in part because Chuck Norris sued him.
We figure out how to connect you with the content you love
Ben Huh started Cheezburger in 2007 bought it from a guy who built it, became profitable in the first 3 months.
We call failure a pivot. A pivot means someone fucked up and you did something different. Twitter and TurntableFM were pivots
Our business model is advertising. We do merchandising but it’s more more our fans, not a big revenue generator.
Make the world happy for 5 minutes a day. That’s our company mission but it’s not written down anywhere at the office but every employee knows it before they show up.
I love cats but I’m allergic to cats. I live vicarously through the site.
We hire people who want to listen to our audience.