Laughing Squid

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Laughing Squid
Blog, Web hosting service
Founded San Francisco, California on November 16, 1995
Founder Scott Beale
Headquarters New York City, New York

Laughing Squid is a blog containing interesting items of art, culture, and technology, as well as a web hosting company based out of New York City, New York.

The company itself was founded on November 16, 1995[1] in San Francisco, California as a film and video production company by Scott Beale, producing documentaries, including Alonso G. Smith, A Half Century of Social Surrealism[2] about San Francisco Bay Area surrealist painter Alonso Smith and You’d Better Watch Out: Portland Santacon ’96[3] about the SantaCon event in Portland, OR organized by the San Francisco Cacophony Society in 1996.

In 1996 Laughing Squid launched The Squid List, a San Francisco Bay Area art and culture events calendar and email list that is still in existence.[4]

In 1998 Laughing Squid launched a web hosting company Laughing Squid Web Hosting.

In 2000 Laughing Squid became an LLC with John Law and David Klass joining as partners.

The blog launched in 2003.[5] In 2011, the blog received a Webby Award for its role as one of the best cultural blogs on the Internet.[6] According to Quantcast, over 1.4 million people worldwide visit the site each month.[7]

Since 2009 Laughing Squid has been sponsoring the back of Frank Chu's sign.[8]

In 2010 the company moved its headquarters to New York City, New York.


  1. ^ "Scott Beale on 15 years of Laughing Squid (Q&A)". CNET. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Alonso G. Smith: A Half Century of Social Surrealism". Alonso G. Smith website. 
  3. ^ "You’d Better Watch Out: Portland Santacon ’96". Santarchy & Santacon website. 
  4. ^ Marech, Rona (2 June 2000). "Squid Inc. / E-mail list publicizes underground arts scene". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bay Blogger Thursday". SFist. Retrieved 3 March 2005. 
  6. ^ "People's Voice Winner: Blog - Cultural". The Webby Awards. 
  7. ^ "'s audience profile on Quantcast". 
  8. ^ "Infamous eccentric Frank Chu explains the 12 galaxies". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 

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