Eric Nakagawa

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Eric Nakagawa is the co-founder of the humor site I Can Has Cheezburger?.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Prior to co-founding I Can Has Cheezburger? Nakagawa worked as a Software Developer in Honolulu, Hawaii.[2] "In early 2007, after a bad day at work, Eric Nakagawa asked his friend (and future co-founder) Kari Unebasami to send him a photo of something cute to make him feel better. She sent over a few cat images, superimposed with phonetically spelled phrases, or LOLspeak, and the two knew they’d found their calling." [3] Nakagawa and Unebasami sold I Can Has Cheezburger? to Ben Huh in July 2007.[4] ICHC was instrumental in bringing animal-based image macros and lolspeak into mainstream usage.[5]

Nakagawa is a New York Times bestselling author with his book "I Can Has Cheezburger?" appearing on the New York Times Best Sellers list in January 2009.[6]

Nakagawa is a speaker in the online community and on the subject of web development. He spoke at SXSW in March 2008 [7] about the LolCats success, and was featured in the Google Authors Series.[8]

In 2012 he co-founded simplehoney.[9] This startup was acquired by Ripple in April 2013.[10]

In 2014 he started Doge4water, an Internet fundraising scheme where people donated dogecoins to help provide a well for poor water-scarce areas of Kenya. Within days the fundraising was successful.

Personal life[edit]

Nakagawa currently resides in San Francisco.[11]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Tozzi, John (2007-07-13). "Bloggers Bring in the Big Bucks". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  2. ^ "Icanhascheezburger". Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  3. ^ Wortham, Jenna (2008-04-25). "Behind the Memes: Kickin' It With the I Can Has Cheezburger? Kids | Underwire". Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  4. ^ "Simple Honey Travel Startup Team in Town". August 31, 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "The cuteness surge". February 1, 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Best Sellers - The New York Times". Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  7. ^ Wallace, Lewis (2008-03-11). "SXSW: 2008, the Year the Audience Keynoted | Underwire". Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  8. ^ AtGoogleTalks (2008-09-26). "Authors@Google: Eric Nakagawa & Kari Unebasami". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  9. ^ Wednesday, May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09). "Cheezburger Creator Launches SimpleHoney To Find Hotels You'll Love". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2012-05-25.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Wednesday, April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03). "simplehoney acquired by Ripple". Crunchbase.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Wednesday, March 19, 2014. "LinkedIn Profile". LinkedIn.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)