Justin Kan on creator economy, shutting down Atrium, leaving San Francisco, mental health and Twitch

Talked to Justin about building his own media company (have you seen how active he is ALL OVER social media these days?), shutting down Atrium and his feelings about it. Ah, and Twitch, of course.

Atrium built software for startups to navigate fundraising, hiring, acquisition deals and collaboration with their legal team. Atrium has raised around $75 million in venture capital funding from firms like Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, and Y Combinator.

In 2007, Justin Kan with Kyle Vogt, Michael Seibel, and Emmett Shear, started Justin.tv, which became Twitch, the popular video game streaming platform. On August 25, 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch Interactive for $970 million.

Justin Kan on Social Media:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfRtwc6K_VU9N4OjNnU2P7g
Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinkan
The Quest Podcast: http://justin.quest/
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@justinkan​
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinkan/

Time codes:
00:00 Who Justin Kan is
01:50 Why did he move from San Francisco?
02:57 Is it the end of Silicon Valley?
03:33 Justin Kan’s approach to social media
06:23 Is he building a media company?
08:13 What are US creators missing?
09:35 What will be the next big thing in a creator economy?
10:35 How long is Justin Kan’s workday?
12:00 Did he expect Twitch to be big right from the beginning?
14:34 How can you know that an idea is big enough?
16:05 What has been the best moment in his career?
19:01 Is he afraid Twitch will be his only big idea?
22:42 Why did he decide to shut down Atrium?
28:46 Will he ever start a new company?
29:04 Why you shouldn’t start a service company
30:44 How to stay focused on your company
33:32 How did his life change after having a son?
35:20 In what market is the next big opportunity?
37:07 What is Justin Kan’s lowest low in his career?
38:39 Why do people get banned on Twitch?
39:39 Does he have haters on social media?
43:36 What is Justin Kan’s superpower?
44:15 Who should I interview next?

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  1. why are there very few blacks in the tech space or the tech start up space? especially in silicon valley? How can we promote more diversity in silicon valley and how can we prevent discrimination of blacks in the work place?

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  4. Justin meditating, twitch, wow it became a real company michael, wow 800m, wow Atrium, oh gosh services, pivoting did not work, learn to accept and let go, can always comtinue to do investing, now can focus on content, spend time first 3-4 hours talking with founders, rest talking with venture fund people and accountants, due diligence, and then the rest content creating and some other things.

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