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Justin Kan is an entrepreneur and investor. He loves new ideas, motorcycles, art, working hard, and doing crazy things.
Justin Kan founded Exec, a platform for outsourcing your jobs or errands in real time. In January, Exec was sold to Handybook. Prior to founding Exec, Justin founded Justin.tv, one of the world's largest live video sites, where he is currently a director and advisor. Justin.tv is a venture backed, Y Combinator funded company based in San Francisco with over 30 million unique visitors a month. Justin.tv has several products, including TwitchTV, the largest gaming video community on the web, with over 45 million monthly uniques. At Justin.tv, Justin also incubated Socialcam, which is the easiest and fastest way to share videos from your Android or iPhone.
Justin is also full-time partner at Y Combinator. Prior Justin.tv, Justin founded Kiko, the world's first AJAX calendar, which was sold to Tucows in 2006. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Physics and Philosophy.
A Total Disruption's "The story of a serial entrepreneur" piece on Justin Kan.
Here's a more laid back bio about Justin, in his own words:
I founded Exec, a platform for iPhone and the web that allows anyone outsource their jobs or errands in real time for $25 / hour.
Prior to Exec, I founded Justin.tv, the world's most awesome live video site, where I am still on the board and an advisor. Justin.tv is a venture backed, Y Combinator funded company based in San Francisco that was created by myself and my friends Emmett Shear, Kyle Vogt and Michael Seibel.
At Justin.tv I work day to day on TwitchTV, where we're focused on being the biggest gaming video community on the web. Previously, I started our internal project which turned into Socialcam, which is the easiest and fastest way to share videos from your Android or iPhone. Our mission is to let everyone in the world share the moments they care about with their family and friends.
I am a full-time partner at Y Combinator.
I also founded Saboteur, a clothing line for men. Together with my friend Kristen, we developed a completely waterproof, breathable wool blazer called the Invincible.
Before Justin.tv, I founded Kiko, the world's first AJAX calendar. We sold this on eBay in 2006 for $258,100. Emmett and I started Kiko from our dorm rooms at Yale University in 2005, where I made many lifelong friends but retained almost nothing about Physics and Philosophy, which I studied.
I am an advisor to Founder's Den, a great coworking space for startups to work out of in SF.
I like thinking about ideas, entrepreneurship, business strategy and execution tactics, but at heart my favorite thing is to get out, get moving, and do stuff. I'm a pretty bad programmer, a decent web developer, and occasionally a great motivator. I love crazy ideas (Justin.tv started as a reality show featuring yours truly).
I also love helping people succeed, especially in startups and entrepreneurship. Part of what has gotten me to where I'm at has been the many successful entrepreneurs who have come before me. Let me know how I can help you.
If possible, Justin would love for volunteers to do their volunteer hours with Glide, a San Francisco charity helping to alleviate poverty. He believes they do great work and are worth supporting.
Bidders on this auction must be able to get themselves to the San Francisco Bay Area in order to meet Justin in person. Otherwise, bidders must have access to Skype or a way of calling San Francisco.
Brainstorm or get feedback on your startup idea with Justin
As a seasoned entrepreneur and full-time partner at Y Combinator, Justin has a good sense for what a successful startup looks like. In this half-hour session, feel free to ask Justin for his thoughts on your idea or come up with a brand new idea altogether. Or, if you trust Justin's coding skills, maybe even breaking out your laptop and going at it. Who knows what might come of this - Justin is known to love crazy ideas!