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Justin Kan is an American entrepreneur, investor, and web developer, known for cofounding several technology companies, including Atrium, Socialcam, Justin.tv, and Twitch.

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Kan cofounds Whale, an online Q&A community, with James Zhang, Ranidu Lankage, and Vicc Alexander.
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Justin Kan is an American entrepreneur, investor, and web developer. He was born July 16, 1983, in Seattle, Washington. Kan is a former partner of the seed incubator Y Combinator and has founded several successful technology companies that include Atrium, Whale, Twitch, Justin.tv, Socialcam, Kiko, Fractal, and Exec. He has also founded his own start-up incubator called Zero-F and a hybrid incubator called Goat Capital.

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

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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 had only one livestreaming channel for several months—a 24/7 "lifecast" of Justin Kan documenting his life. Justin.tv is responsible for popularizing the term "lifecasting." Justin.tv's second livestream channel, iJustine, launched on April 18, 2007, and followed a popular video blogger named Justine Ezarik. The company shut down on August 5, 2013, for the founders to focus on pivoting the company's focus toward growing Justin.tv's parent company, Twitch—a social livestreaming service dedicated to gaming.

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

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

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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.

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Justin Kan

AnJustin Kan is an American entrepreneur, investor, and web developer, known for cofounding several technology companies, such asincluding Atrium, Socialcam, Justin.tv, and Twitch.

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

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

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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 had only had one live streaminglivestreaming channel for several monthsmonths—a with24/7 "lifecast" aof webcamJustin attachedKan todocumenting his head following the launch of the companylife. The channel focused on a 24/7 live stream, or 'lifecast', of the companies co-founder Justin Kan, andJustin.tv is responsible for popularizing the term 'lifecasting'"lifecasting." Justin.tv's second live streamlivestream channel, called iJustine, launched on April 18, 2007, and was forfollowed a popular video blogger named JustinJustine Ezarik. The company shutdownshut down on August 5, 2013, for the founders Justin Kan and Kyle Vogt to focus on pivoting the companiescompany's focus towardstoward growing Justin.tv's parent company Twitch;, aTwitch—a social live streaminglivestreaming service dedicated to gaming.

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Justin Kan, Emmet Shear, Kyle Vogt, and Omar Javed founded Twitch in 2007. It is a San Francisco-headquartered social live streaminglivestreaming 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.

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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.

In 2011, Justin Kan, Kyle Vogt, and Guillaume Luccisano cofounded a social video recording, editing, and sharing mobile application called Socialcam. It was purchased by Autodesk on December 4, 2018 for $60 million.

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In 2012, Kan founded 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.

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

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In 2015, Kan founded 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 everydayevery day.", andHe 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:

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

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Atrium is a San Francisco-based company focusedfocusing on automating legal workflows that is headquartered in San. Francisco, California andIt was founded by JustingJustin 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:

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According to the company's website, Kan founded Atrium with the goal of "making legal faster and more transparent with upfront pricing." Kan's influence madehad 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, theyit useuses a monthly subscription for theirits Atrium Counsel service, (a service that takes care of day to dayday-to legalday-legal needs, suingusing a dedicated attorney and paralegal team). Atrium andalso features a flat fee for theirits Atrium Financing service (a service, thatwhich takes care of legal advisory for startupsstart-ups during their venture capital fundraising).

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

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After leaving Y Combinator, Kan founds his own startupstart-up incubator, Zero-F.
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Justin Kan

An American entrepreneur, investor, and web developer. He well, known for co-foundingcofounding several technology companies such as AtriumAtrium, SocialcamSocialcam, Justin.tvJustin.tv, and TwitchTwitch. He was a former partner for the startup incubator Y Combinator, and popularized the term 'lifecasting' by continuously live streaming his life on Justin.tv for several months.

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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, Whale, Twitch, Justin.tv, Socialcam, Kiko, Fractal, and Exec. He has also founded his own startup incubator called Zero-F and a hybrid incubator called Goat Capital.

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

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Justin Kan attended University Prep in Seattle, Washington.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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 companiescompany's 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).

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

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

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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.

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Justin Kan is married to Christine Oh.

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10+1 Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur

Justin Kan, Andrew Chen

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May 17, 2019

Divine Inspiration Fallacy

Justin Kan

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November 12, 2016

Exec Cleaning, or the challenges scaling a real world business

Justin Kan

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November 12, 2016

Fake News on Facebook

Justin Kan

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November 17, 2016

Feeling Good: Justin's Program

Justin Kan

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May 26, 2019

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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

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December 2021

Kan debuts Fractal, a Solana-based marketplace for gaming NFTs.

February 2021

Kan's YouTube videos are available to be minted as NFTs.

January 2021

Kan begins a YouTube channel.

September 2020

Kan and Robin Chan found a new hybrid incubator called Goat Capital.

March 2020

Kan shuts down Atrium, laying off over 100 employees and returning some of its funding to investors.

March 2019

Kan becomes advisor to Theta, a blockchain-based, peer to peer video streaming platform.

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.

April 2017

Kan cofounds Atrium.

March 2017

After leaving Y Combinator, Kan founds his own startup incubator, Zero-F.

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.

2016

Kan cofounds Whale, an online Q&A community, with James Zhang, Ranidu Lankage, and Vicc Alexander.

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.

January 2015

Kan founds The Drop, an online community forum website for electronic dance music discovery.

March 2014

Y Combinator partner

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

March 2014

Kan becomes a partner of Y Combinator.

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.

2012

Kan founds Exec, an on-demand service for simple task completion at a flat rate of $25/hr.

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.

2011

Kan cofounds Socialcam.

2011

Kan founds Twitch, a spinoff of Justin.tv, with Emmett Shear, Kyle Vogt, and Michael Seibel.

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.

2005

Kan graduates from Yale University.

2005

Kan, Emmett Shear, Kyle Vogt, and Michael Seibel found Justin.tv.

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, Washington

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