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Justin Kan

Justin Kan

An American entrepreneur, investor, and web developer. He well known for co-founding several technology companies such as Atrium, Socialcam, Justin.tv, and Twitch. He was a former parter for the startup incubator Y Combinator, and popularized the term 'lifecasting' by continuously live streaming his life on Justin.tv for several months.

Justin Kan is an American entrepreneur, investor, and web developer that was born on July 16, 1983 in Seattle, Washington. Kan was a former partner of the seed incubator Y Combinator, and has founded several successful technology companies that include Atrium, Twitch, Justin.tv, Socialcam, and Exec. He has also founded his own startup incubator called Zero-F.

Education

Evergreen Middle School.

Justin Kan attended Evergreen Middle School in Spokane Valley, Washington. 

Yale University

Justin Kan attended Yale University from 2001 to 2005. He graduated with a bachelor of arts double major in physics and philosophy. 

Entrepreneurship

Kiko

In 2003 Justin Kan and Emmet Shear founded an online calendar web application called Kiko. The company received $70,000 in funding from investors after the founding of the company, and in 2006 Justin Kan decided to sell the company on Ebay for a final selling price of $258,000. The company shutdown operations in May 2008, and was headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Justin.tv

On October 1, 2006 Justin.tv was founded in San Francisco, California by Justin Kan and Kyle Vogt. Justin.tv was an online community for broadcasting its users livestreams. The platform originally only had one live streaming channel for several months with a webcam attached to his head following the launch of the company. The channel focused on a 24/7 live stream, or 'lifecast', of the companies co-founder Justin Kan, and is responsible for popularizing the term 'lifecasting'. Justin.tv's second live stream channel, called iJustine, launched on April 18, 2007 and was for a popular video blogger named Justin Ezarik. The company shutdown on August 5, 2013 for the founders Justin Kan and Kyle Vogt to focus on pivoting the companies focus towards growing Justin.tv's parent company Twitch; a social live streaming service dedicated to gaming. 

Twitch

Justin Kan, Emmet Shear, Kyle Vogt, and Omar Javed founded Twitch in 2007. It is a social live streaming platform for gamers that is headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company was purchased by Amazon on August 25, 2014 for $970 million in cash.

Socialcam

Justin Kan co-founded a social video recording, editing, and sharing mobile application Socialcam with Kyle Vogt and Guillaume Luccisano in 2011 called Socialcam. The company was purchased by Autodesk on December 4, 2018 for $60 million. 

Exec

Exec is an on-demand service for the completion of simple tasks for a $25/hr flat fee that was founded in 2012 by Justin Kan. The company reportedly dropped the price of home cleaning services in each of the nine markets it was available in. Handy, a competitor of Exec, noticed the success Exec was having and purchased the company on January 14, 2014 in an equity deal worth less than $10 million.

Whale

In July 2016 Justin Kan, James Zhang, Ranidu Lankage, and Vicc Alexander founded an online question and answer (Q&A) community headquartered in San Francisco, California called Whale. The platform allows its users to engage with influencers, experts, and celebrities through an online Q&A community. 

The Drop

The Drop is an online community forum for helping people discover electronic dance music that was founded by Justin Kan in 2015. Kan founded The Drop with the goal "to create a constant stream of new electronic music tracks everyday", and built the music streaming service using the SoundCloud API and an open-source curation interface known as Telescope. Justin Kan told reporters he made the company for fun and admitted: 

I don't think it's ever really going to make money. It's not a business, it's just a site. I don't think the music business is a very good business to be in. I'll be happy if it just sources me good music for a long time. 

Zero-F

In 2017 Justin Kan left Y Combinator as a partner to start his own startup incubator celled Zero-F. He said the idea behind the name is to take a company from "zero to funding". The company is headquarters in San Francisco, California, and plans to incubate three new business per year. 

Atrium

Atrium is a company focused on automating legal workflows that is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was founded by Justing Kan, Augie Rakow, Bebe Chueh, and Chris Smoak in April 2017. Justin Kan has been the CEO of Atrium since April 2017, and founded the company to solve many problems he faced as the founder of several technology companies. Kan told reporters: 

Over the years, I have been an involuntary power user of the legal industry. While I valued the counsel of my attorney, I was frustrated by the delivery of service, and there were many things I wanted to see done differently. The biggest headache for me was that no one could tell me when to use legal service [or] how much to use. 

According to the companies website, Kan founded Atrium with the goal of "making legal faster and more transparent with upfront pricing". Kan's influence made the company use alternative pricing strategies to ease the concerns of its customers searching for legal guidance. The company does not charge hourly rates, instead they use a monthly subscription for their Atrium Counsel service (a service that takes care of day to day legal needs suing a dedicated attorney and paralegal team) and a flat fee for their Atrium Financing service (a service that takes care of legal advisory for startups during their venture capital fundraising). 

Jobs

Russel Investment Group

From May 2005 to August 2006 (1 year and 4 months), Justin Khan was an intern at Russel Investment Group. 

Y Combinator

From March 2014 to March 2017 (3 years and 1 month), Justin Kan was a Y Combinator partner. 

Investing

According to AngelList, Justin Kan has made 63 personal investments and made 9 exits (Parse, Tilt, Cruise, Freshplum, Interviewed, Kimono Labs, Listrunner, MessageMe, and Say Media).

Board memberships and advisory roles

Justin Kan has served, or is currently serving, on the board or as an adviser for the following companies: AirHelp, Kickback, Bitaccess, Screenleap, Cleanly, Founders Den, FightCamp, ResumeGem, Submittable, Monogram, Phenomenon Ventures, DoseDr, Atrium, Twitch, Seekmi, ZeroCater, and Trip Alder. 

Family

Justin Kan is married to Christine Oh. 



Timeline

April 2017

Founded Atrium

Atrium is a company focused on automating legal workflows that is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was founded by Justing Kan, Augie Rakow, Bebe Chueh, and Chris Smoak in April 2017.

2017

Founded Zero-F

In 2017 Justin Kan left Y Combinator as a partner to start his own startup incubator celled Zero-F

2016

Founded Whale

In July 2016 Justin Kan, James Zhang, Ranidu Lankage, and Vicc Alexander founded an online question and answer (Q&A) community headquartered in San Francisco, California called Whale. 

2015

Founded The Drop

The Drop is an online community forum for helping people discover electronic dance music that was founded by Justin Kan in 2015.

March 2014

Y Combinator partner

From March 2014 to March 2017 (3 years and 1 month), Justin Kan was a Y Combinator partner. 

2012

Founded Exec

Exec is an on-demand service for the completion of simple tasks for a $25/hr flat fee that was founded in 2012 by Justin Kan.

2011

Founded Socialcam

Justin Kan co-founded a social video recording, editing, and sharing mobile application Socialcam with Kyle Vogt and Guillaume Luccisano in 2011 called Socialcam. 

2007

Founded Twitch

Justin Kan, Emmet Shear, Kyle Vogt, and Omar Javed founded Twitch in 2007. 

2006

Founded Justin.tv

On October 1, 2006 Justin.tv was founded in San Francisco, California by Justin Kan and Kyle Vogt. 

May 2005

Russel Investment Group intern

From May 2005 to August 2006 (1 year and 4 months), Justin Khan was an intern at Russel Investment Group. 

2003

Founded Kiko

In 2003 Justin Kan and Emmet Shear founded an online calendar web application called Kiko. 

2001

Attended Yale University

Justin Kan attended Yale University from 2001 to 2005. He graduated with a bachelor of arts double major in physics and philosophy. 

July 16, 1983

Birth

Justin Kan is an American entrepreneur, investor, and web developer that was born on July 16, 1983 in Seattle, Washingto

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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

10+1 Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur

Justin Kan, Andrew Chen

Web

May 17, 2019

Divine Inspiration Fallacy

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Exec Cleaning, or the challenges scaling a real world business

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Fake News on Facebook

Justin Kan

Web

November 17, 2016

Feeling Good: Justin's Program

Justin Kan

Web

May 26, 2019

Founder Interviews: Justin Kan of Atrium - By

Hackernoon - Davis

Web

November 8, 2018

Fun with Magic

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Get anything done for $25/hour flat in San Francisco with Justin Kan's Exec (YC W12)

Garry Tan

Web

February 29, 2012

How to do anything

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

How to Pitch Your Startup On Stage

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

I've learned more this year than any other because of these 5 changes

Justin Kan

Web

July 17, 2019

Life lessons from entrepreneur Justin Kan: Being joyful, finding comfort in discomfort

Masoom Gupte

Web

July 17, 2019

Maybe we're in a bubble but it doesn't matter

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

My entire entrepreneurship story in 10 minutes

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Resilience Is Key To Success For Most Startups, According To YC's Justin Kan

Ryan Lawler

Web

October 20, 2014

Set good defaults

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Socialcam #1

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Startups Around the World

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Survive and Thrive

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

The 99% (of startups)

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

The First Time I Used Programming At Work

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

The Founder's Guide To Selling Your Company

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

The Many Pivots Of Justin.tv: How A Livecam Show Became Home To Video Gaming Superstars

Andrew Rice

Web

June 15, 2012

The Startup Resume

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Three stories

Justin Kan

Web

November 12, 2016

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

10+1 Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur Justin Kan

May 17, 2019

20VC: Justin Kan on Why We Have To Normalize Vulnerability in Startups Today, Why Attaching Happiness To Future Outcomes Will Only Lead To Suffering & Why It Is Total BS That You Have To "Suffer" When Doing A Startup - The Twenty Minute VC

June 21, 2019

24/7 World of Justin.tv

May 10, 2007

How to Build a Team, Raise Capital, and Make an Impact | Startup Q&A with Justin Kan (Twitch, YC)

April 4, 2017

Justin.tv's Justin Kan: The story of a serial entrepreneur | Wizard

October 31, 2012

Why You Should or Should Not Work at a Startup by Justin Kan

November 2, 2018

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