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Laughing Squid

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Laughing Squid
Company typeBlog, Web hosting service
FoundedSan Francisco, California on November 16, 1995
FounderScott Beale

Laughing Squid is a blog featuring art, culture, and technology, as well as a web hosting company[1] based out of New York City, New York.[2]


Laughing Squid was founded on November 16, 1995[3] 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[4] about San Francisco Bay Area surrealist painter Alonso Smith and You’d Better Watch Out: Portland Santacon ’96[5] 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 was decommissioned in 2013.[6][2]

In 1998, Laughing Squid launched a web hosting company Laughing Squid Hosting.[citation needed]

In 2000, Laughing Squid became an LLC with John Law and David Klass joining as partners.[citation needed]

The blog launched in 2003.[7]

Laughing Squid sponsored the back of Frank Chu's sign from 2009 to 2013.[8]

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


The Laughing Squid blog is run by founder Scott Beale, who is Publisher and Editor-In-Chief. He is joined by Contributing Editor Lori Dorn.[9]



  1. ^ "Hover Blog". Hover Blog. Retrieved 2023-04-18.
  2. ^ a b "What is Laughing Squid?". Laughing Squid. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Scott Beale on 15 years of Laughing Squid (Q&A)". CNET. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Alonso G. Smith: A Half Century of Social Surrealism". Alonso G. Smith website.
  5. ^ "You'd Better Watch Out: Portland Santacon '96". Santarchy & Santacon website.
  6. ^ Marech, Rona (2 June 2000). "Squid Inc. / E-mail list publicizes underground arts scene". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Bay Blogger Thursday". SFist. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2005.
  8. ^ "Infamous eccentric Frank Chu explains the 12 galaxies". San Francisco Examiner. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  9. ^ Beale, Scott (20 December 2013). "Welcome Lori Dorn, New Contributing Writer at Laughing Squid". Laughing Squid blog. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  10. ^ "People's Voice Winner: Blog - Cultural". The Webby Awards. Archived from the original on 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2013-05-14.

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