E900: Justin Kan, co-founder of Justin.tv, Twitch.tv & Atrium, shares lessons pioneering live-stream video, early days at YC, learning from failure, selling as a superpower, strengthening core & building startups from the joy of exploration

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Justin Kan, co-founder of Justin.tv, Twitch.tv & Atrium, shares lessons pioneering live-stream video, early days at YC, learning from failure, selling as a superpower, strengthening core & building startups from the joy of exploration

Show notes:

0:47 – Jason introduces Justin Kan who shares how and why Justin.tv/Twitch started.

8:06 – Spinning off Justin.tv, turning one startup into two cap tables, and the challenge of approaching investors at that time.

12:28 – Jason thanks sponsor LinkedIn. Claim a $50 credit toward your first job posting: linkedin.com/twist.

14:23 – Twitch as a struggling startup in its early days, and almost getting acquired by Google.

20:31 – Catching Amazon’s attention and getting acquired by them, and being part of the dot com bubble.

27:02 – Jason thanks sponsor Kruze Consulting. Visit kruzeconsulting.com/twist to receive a free tax consultation and tax credit white paper.

28:43 – Cruise and the future of self-driving cars, Justin’s experience being one of the first few cohorts at Y Combinator, and overcoming previous failures (Kiko and Exec).

42:29 – Jason thanks sponsor Smile Direct Club. Visit smiledirectclub.com/podcast and enter promo code “startup” at checkout to get $150 off invisible aligners.

44:10 – The inspiration for Atrium and how it works.

53:40 – Remote companies: do they work and can they scale?

57:10 – Lessons learned from previous projects, what is at the core of building startups, and the importance of a healthy diet, journaling, and mindfulness/meditation.

1:13:00 – Unlimited vacation and anti-VC vs. hustle culture, and conversations about Jason and Justin’s personal goals in life.

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