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

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Justin Kan is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the law-tech company, Atrium, where he served as CEO. He is the co-founder of the live video platform Justin.tv (Twitch).

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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