a16z General Partner Andrew Chen (@andrewchen) talks with serial entrepreneur and co-founder & CEO Justin Kan (@justinkan) about lessons he’s learned as a founder. Justin is a repeat entrepreneur who co-founded Kiko Software (a Web 2.0 calendar that pre-dated Google Calendar by 4 years), Justin.tv (a lifecasting platform), Twitch.tv (a live streaming platform for esports, music, and other creatives, now part of Amazon), Socialcam, and now Atrium, a software-powered law firm for startups.
Justin reflects on his journey and shares 10 + 1 lesson he’s learned along the way:
- The paradox of choice: choosing a focus
- Tradeoffs between B2B versus B2C companies
- Market risk vs execution risk
- Fundraising strategy: go big or stay lean?
- Managing the stress of being a startup CEO (again!)
- Seeking out mentors, coaches, and peers for help
- Intentionally designing a culture to avoid the pitfalls of “culture eating strategy”
- Things he’s still doing in his latest startup—and things he’s doing very differently
- Managing higher expectations now that he’s not a first-time founder
- What he’s reading and listening to
- Bonus (+1): advice he’d give his 20-year old self just starting out in tech
Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Cbav_Dt2s
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