My next mission in the game Urgent Evoke is to find a mentor who has done something in the real world that inspires me to evoke change in the world.
I am selecting Ben Huh, the CEO of the Cheezburger Network, the company that understands how to disseminate and capitalize on the culture of the internet. The Cheezburger Network is responsible for making lolcats part of our vocabulary with popular sites like I Can Has Cheezburger?, FAIL Blog, There, I Fixed It, and more than 25 others. His job is to make the Internet laugh for 5-minutes a day.
What an awesome mission, to make people laugh. I can personally attest to the fact he's very successful in this from personal experience.
So how does Ben Huh qualify as a Social Innovation Hero? He uses technology in ways that exemplify how internet culture has trans-formative powers, his focus may me on something kind of silly. But I think there is enormous social value in bringing people happiness, and he does this very well. What I want to learn from Ben is how he built up his company, and I also want to ask him if he would consider helping me learn to capitalize on technology culture.
I also think this list of his life's goals really shows what sort of person he is; I admire his honesty and desire to help others.
A semi-complete list of my life goals. Subject to change and in no particular order.
Graduate with a bachelor’s degree from college 1999
Payoff all debts (excl. mortgage) 2004
Start a startup 2000
Find the perfect woman 2001
Turn an annual profit 2008
Invest in other startups 2008
Learn how to Sail
- Learn how to fly
- Learn to ride a motorcycle
- Own a home outright
- Sell a company for profit
- Have a net worth of $1 million
- Set aside enough money to never have to work for the rest of my life
- Give away $1 million to charity
- Help someone go to college
- Work on a political campaign
- Beat the S&P 500 as a stock investor
- Write a book
- (more to come)
This is part 2, of my game progress: