By: Andrew Cary
If you were on Twitter Saturday night, you may have stumbled upon some #CatCash -- a trending topic that exploded out of our event at South By Southwest.
We were proud to be part of a panel at SXSW called Cat Cash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos with our very own Social Media Director, Grace Suriel, as well as our pals Ben Lashes (Manager of Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat and others), Scott Stulen (Curator of the Internet Cat Video Festival) and Will Braden (Creator of Henri Le Chat Noir).
The idea was to take a seriously fun look at how Internet "cat-lebrities" have inked movie deals, inspiried touring festivals and generally made money. You know this is real when folks like Shark Tank's Mark Cuban visit backstage.
Here are some of our favorite moments and quotes as captured in the medium across the Twitterverse. As you'll see, surprise guest Grumpy Cat pretty much stole the show: