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about this episode
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
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.
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.
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).
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.