Club Penguin checks in with BC Business

by Rob Lewis | Culture

It's been six months since Kelowna residents Lane Merrifield, Lance Priebe and Dave Krysko sold Club Penguin to Walt Disney for upwards of $700 million and they've received plenty of well-deserved news coverage along the way. In this month's BC Business magazine, David Jordan checks in with Lane Merrifield, the former CEO of Club Penguin and now executive VP of the Walt Disney Internet Group to see how the last 6 months have treated him.

When you and your two co-founders ­started Club Penguin, did you anticipate it becoming a $350-million company? Never in a million years. In fact, to be honest with you, part of the reason we have not gone the route of venture funding or the standard business route is that we really started it as a kind of a side business, one that we hoped would serve our kids and our friends’ kids more than anything. It’s one of the reasons it’s as scalable as it is and as efficient as it is. We built the model with the hope of it being sustainable, never in a million years expecting that it would ever turn into this. It’s been a crazy rollercoaster. It’s been a lot fun.

Read the full interview here.

Club Penguin

In March of 2005, New Horizon Interactive set out to create an online world for kids where they could safely play games, have fun and interact. As parents and Internet specialists, New Horizon''s owners wanted to develop a place they’d be comfortable letting their own kids visit. The Club Penguin team got to work, consulting with educators, law enforcement representatives and other parents,... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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