Justin Kan

Justin Kan

Justin Kan is an entrepreneur, Web developer, and the ‘Justin’ of Justin.tv. Justin.tv started when Justin Kan and Emmett Shear took on the challenge ... More »Justin Kan is an entrepreneur, Web developer, and the ‘Justin’ of Justin.tv. Justin.tv started when Justin Kan and Emmett Shear took on the challenge of broadcasting one person’s life 24/7. Being web developers, they recruited co-founders Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt to run the business and build a live streaming video camera. For investment, they spoke with Paul Graham of Y-Combinator (an investor in their previous start-up) and raised seed capital. The Justin.tv website launched in March of 2007. Prior to Justin.tv, Justin Kan and his fellow co-founders created a calendar startup called Kiko, which was also YC-backed and sold to eBay in 2006. He is currently working on a new mobile video application called Socialcam.

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

That’s the reason why Exec, the task-management service from Justin.tv founder Justin Kan, is opening corporate accounts today. Companies will be able to set up an account and allot a certain amount of money every month for employees to delegate errands they don’t want to do. If they ...

SocialCam Is Growing, But It’s The Latest Alum Startup Returning To Y Combinator Anyway

“It’s not a coincidence that a large number of YC alums come back to do YC again.” I would have never been introduced to the tech world it if wasn’t for my Justin.tv co-founders Justin Kan and Emmett Shear [alums of the very first YC class, via Kiko]. Justin.tv would never have gotten ...

Justin Kan On The First Two Weeks Of Exec

After graduating from Yale in 2005, Justin Kan went on to launch Kiko (acquired by Tucows in 2006) and Justin.TV, discover companies within his company with Justin.TV-spinoffs Socialcam and the remarkably popular Twitch.TV gaming portal, and became a part-time partner at Y Combinator. ...

Justin Kan’s Exec app is like Uber for odd jobs — Tech News and Analysis

Justin Kan, founder of live-streaming platform Justin.tv, has a new venture called Exec that aims to make hiring temporary help as seamless as possible. Launching to the public Wednesday, the Exec iPhone app will let users hire exec assistants to do their bidding at a flat rate of $25 an ...

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 ...

Exec CEO Justin Kan Talks Competition, Cleaning, And Future Plans

Hot on the heels of Exec’s Cleaning Service launch in NYC, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to get CEO and co-founder Justin Kan in the studio for a quick chat. We also couldn’t resist checking out the service in action, and thusly hired Execs from the company’s standalone Cleaning app ...

Errand App Exec Gets A Web Redesign, Goes Beyond Bay Area With New San Diego Cleaning Service

Exec, the startup led by Justin.tv’s Justin Kan that lets you hire people for errands and cleaning, is getting a new look today. It’s also expanding beyond the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time by offering its cleaning service in San Diego. Kan told me that until now, Exec ...

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

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 basic errands instantaneously. There’s no bidding process and it costs $25 an hour for everything from delivering flowers to housecleaning ...

Microsoft PM “Resigns” Via Video, Joins Justin Kan’s New Startup Exec

→ Learn More Exec, the new TaskRabbit competitor from Justin.tv’s co-founder, Justin Kan, has just hired a new designer it seems. Or so she sings. In a video posted to YouTube by one Karen X. Cheng, she sings and strums – rather nicely, in fact – to the tune of “Bye, Bye Miss American ...

This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur Just Left His Red-Hot Startup To Do It All Again

Justin Kan is second from the left. Justin Kan already has quite the track record. His second, Justin.tv, has turned into a runaway success since rebranding to Twitch.tv. Its traffic has doubled in the past six months. It now has more than 16 million unique visitors every month. ...

Handybook Buys Exec in a Deal for the On-Demand World

To date, the company says it has facilitated “tens of thousands of errands and cleanings.” But even after pushing promotions and offers, Justin Kan, one of the founders, said “we hadn’t figured out a magic bullet for growth.” In June, he met the founders of Handybook, including Oisin ...

Underwear On Your Floor? YC’s Exec Has A House Cleaning Service For That

When Justin Kan first launched Exec, a service for getting errands done on demand, I was one of the first beta testers. We had a housecleaning and it took, well, six hours. Even though the Exec that came over had a fantastic attitude, it was clear that the startup had many kinks to iron ...

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

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, so it’s hard to tell who the ...

The Hunt For An ‘Instagram For Video’ Is On, And Socialcam Is Aiming For The Crown

Socialcam was co-founded as a standalone entity by Justin.tv founder and namesake Justin Kan, former Justin.tv co-founder and CEO Seibel, and former Justin.tv senior engineer Ammon Bartram. Seibel and Bartram now serve as Socialcam’s CEO and CTO, respectively; Kan pulled away to work on ...

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

You can reach him at rip[at]techcrunch[dot]com → Learn More 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 ...

In help-for-hire shake-out, Handybook buys house-cleaning app Exec

Justin Kan, shown in a file photo, has sold his San Francisco start-up Exec to a New York competitor Handybook. (Jacob Woodward / Los Angeles Times) SAN FRANCISCO -- Handybook, which bills itself as the “Uber for household services,” is buying Exec, a San Francisco startup that lets ...

Exec Drops Prices For Its Home Cleaning Service By 25 Percent

Founder and CEO Justin Kan told me that customers will still get a fixed quote for the entire cleaning, but the change effectively lowers Exec’s prices to $22 per hour per cleaner. (Among other things, that makes Exec more competitive with the pricing of Homejoy, which charges $20 an ...

With More Than 20M Gamers Tuning In, Twitch Raises $15M From Bessemer Venture Partners

And Justin.tv founder Justin Kan left to create his own startup, Exec, earlier this year. All of that has happened in just the last 12 months. The new funding will be used to build out Twitch’s engineering team, to meet demand for Twitch live streaming on a growing number of devices and ...

Looking To Beef Up Margins, Exec Hikes Hourly Rate For Errands From $25 To $30 And Triples Its Surch...

In an email sent to Exec users today, founder Justin Kan said that the price for errands will now be $30 per hour, up from the $25 hourly rate that it touted when it launched back in the spring of 2012 as part of Y Combinator. Exec Errands is also upping its surcharge from three percent ...

How Does Y Combinator Scale Y Combinator?

Plus there are part-time partners like Loopt co-founder Sam Altman and Justin.tv founders Emmett Shear and Justin Kan. They joined YC’s original partners Jessica Livingston, Trevor Blackwell and Robert Morris. “It turns out that this is almost perfectly parallelizable,” Graham said. “I ...

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