Justin Kan

  • Exec, The YC-Backed Mobile App For Instantly Doing Your Errands, Raises $3.3M

    Exec, The YC-Backed Mobile App For Instantly Doing Your Errands, Raises $3.3M

    Exec, a mobile app that instantly gets people to do your errands, has raised $3.3 million, according to an SEC filing. The company’s co-founder Justin Kan, who is also behind Justin.tv, Twitch.tv and SocialCam, says he’s not ready to disclose investors yet, except to say that there are around 25 different individuals in the round. The filing only shows Exec’s team on it… Read More

  • Want To Rent A Founder? Justin Kan’s Exec Is Making That Happen (For Charity)

    Want To Rent A Founder? Justin Kan’s Exec Is Making That Happen (For Charity)

    Justin Kan is a busy guy. The serial entrepreneur is best known as the founder of Justin.tv, the online community that lets users broadcast, watch, and interact around video. Last year, he and team spun-off Twitch.tv, a gaming-focused version of the video streaming site, and the fast-growing Socialcam, which is on a mission to bring mobile video creation to the mainstream. Not one to sit… Read More

  • Justin Kan’s Exec Starts Running Errands For Companies And Startups Today

    Justin Kan’s Exec Starts Running Errands For Companies And Startups Today

    You’re paying your developer $150,000 a year plus change. Why let them get distracted by dry cleaning or grocery shopping? While the very biggest companies like Google and Facebook have figured out that they need to import barbers, car washes and gourmet food onto their campuses to keep their talent focused, smaller companies don’t have the scale for these luxuries. That’s… Read More

  • Startups Don’t Die, They Commit Suicide

    Startups Don’t Die, They Commit Suicide

    Justin Kan is the founder of Justin.tv and Socialcam. You can follow him on Twitter here and read his blog here. Startups die in many ways, but in the past couple of years I’ve noticed that the most common cause of death is what I call “Startup Suicide”, a phenomenon in which a startup’s founders and its management kill the company while it’s still very much… Read More

  • Why Starting Justin.tv Was A Really Bad Idea, But I'm Glad We Did It Anyway


    Right now I’m neck deep in product launch mode, putting the finishing touches on our new mobile video application—Socialcam. Of course, I’ve been here before . . . Years ago when we launched the Justin.tv show we had no idea what we were doing. This much was obvious to anyone who watched. Outsiders attribute far more strategic thought to the venture than we gave it. Some… Read More