Justin Kan

  • Justin Kan launches video Q&A app Whale

    Justin Kan launches video Q&A app Whale

    Justin Kan, YC Partner, serial entrepreneur and one of the internet’s most-loved reality stars, has started another venture in the form of Whale, a video Q&A app. Whale lets users post questions and enter into a one-to-one video conversation with an influencer or expert who can offer up the perfect answer. Those videos answers are then recorded and added to a library of existing… Read More

  • Justin Kan accepts Y Combinator Fellowship pitches over Snapchat

    Justin Kan accepts Y Combinator Fellowship pitches over Snapchat

    One of the latest Snapchat trends (at least in our little tech bubble) is venture capitalists using the social media platform as a way to dish out advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. People like Mark Suster, Gary Vaynerchuk and Justin Kan preach on topics ranging from how to ask for an email intro to the importance of physical activity for startup founders. But here’s the thing —… Read More

  • Y Combinator gets friendlier by naming Justin Kan as new spokesperson

    Y Combinator gets friendlier by naming Justin Kan as new spokesperson

    People often misunderstand Y Combinator’s accelerator, with its broad range of startups that sometimes pivot before launch. That’s in part because YC’s president and spokesperson Sam Altman is too busy to tell its stories over and over, and he’s more of a techie type than a polished press liaison. So today, Altman handed the spokesperson reins to Justin Kan, one of… Read More

  • Justin Kan Is Hiring Someone To Revive Justin.tv On Snapchat

    Justin Kan Is Hiring Someone To Revive Justin.tv On Snapchat

    Justin Kan, the founder of Justin.tv — the online video portal that eventually became video game streaming giant Twitch — is restarting the service on Snapchat 18 months after it was shut down. Read More

  • Garry Tan Says Goodbye to Y Combinator

    Garry Tan Says Goodbye to Y Combinator

    Garry Tan is leaving the accelerator and investment firm Y Combinator after a four-year stint with the outfit. Tan had previously cofounded the easy-to-use blogging service Posterous, which was backed by Y Combinator and acquired by Twitter in 2012. (It was later shuttered.) Tan joined Y Combinator in 2011 as a designer in residence but was quickly promoted to partner. He said in… Read More

  • Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Music, music everywhere, but what song should I pick? Dance music fans have it particularly tough when it comes to discovery. Spotify’s 100% legal catalogue lacks tons of cool, unofficial remixes and mixsets, while SoundCloud’s limited curation make sorting through the jumble of sporadically released tracks a chore. If only someone would build a Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt… Read More

  • Resilience Is Key To Success For Most Startups, According To YC’s Justin Kan

    Resilience Is Key To Success For Most Startups, According To YC’s Justin Kan

    Lots of startups start with good ideas, but few of them become huge successes. More important than a good idea to their success is just having the resilience required to keep going even if your idea isn’t so great, Y Combinator partner Justin Kan said at Disrupt Europe 2014. Read More

  • Handybook Hoovers Up Exec For “Under $10M” To Sweep The Home Services Market

    Handybook Hoovers Up Exec For “Under $10M” To Sweep The Home Services Market

    Justin Kan launched Exec in early 2012 as an on-demand errand service for businesses, but over time, morphed into a cleaning service to focus on its most popular offering. Unable to scale “Errands” and struggling to find its legs, the startup folded its personal assistant service in September and later dropped prices for home cleanings in each of its nine markets. Rumors of… Read More

  • Exec Expands Its House-Cleaning Service To New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago And Boston

    Exec Expands Its House-Cleaning Service To New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago And Boston

    Starting a service that lets people request real-life humans to do tasks for them or clean up their apartment is no small feat. Exec’s founder and CEO, Justin Kan, set out to build a service that would not only create jobs for people who might not have had them before, but delight customers too. He has done just that in not much time. The service, which has picked up steam in San… Read More

  • Exec Launches A Cleaning-Only App, Expands to Seattle As Housework Makes Up 50% Of Sales

    Exec Launches A Cleaning-Only App, Expands to Seattle As Housework Makes Up 50% Of Sales

    Exec — the Y Combinator-backed app that does your errands on-demand — just launched a cleaning-only app. It’s a decision that makes sense as housework has ended up being about 50 percent of the startup’s overall gross sales. Cleaning has a totally different user experience inside Exec. Unlike Exec’s other tasks, which you can call up whenever you want (like… Read More

  • Want To Pitch A VC While He Cleans Your House? Exec And Shervin Pishevar Thought So

    Want To Pitch A VC While He Cleans Your House? Exec And Shervin Pishevar Thought So

    Exec, which is a service focused on San Francisco professionals, does all types of tasks for you at pretty decent rates. I’ve used the service to have papers scanned and faxed in the past, and it was always quite super. Recently, the company launched a new cleaning service, for those of you that are busy and don’t have time to clean up after yourself. You know, because… Read More

  • Exec, The Mobile App For Errands, Adds Messaging (Oh, And Sam Altman Led Their Round)

    Exec, The Mobile App For Errands, Adds Messaging (Oh, And Sam Altman Led Their Round)

    Exec, which is kind of like Uber-meets-Taskrabbit, is overhauling its product today. It’s adding iMessages-like functionality to the app that makes it easier for customers to sync up with the people running their errands. The app, which comes from a veteran team of Y Combinator alums including Justin.tv co-founder Justin Kan, can call up people (called “Execs”) to run… Read More

  • 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