20VC: Justin Kan: Partner @ YC

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Justin Kan is a partner at the world renowned Y Combinator, the birthplace of the likes of Dropbox, AirBnB, Scribd and Reddit just to name a few. Prior to YC, Justin was the founder @ Twitch.tv, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers which was acquired by Amazon for $970m. Previous guest Mike Seibel was also part of that amazing journey and if you have not checked out his episode, you can find it here.

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In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Justin came to found Twitch.tv and later made his way into the VC industry with YC?

2.) What does Justin believe are the 3 fundamental qualities that make up a good investor? How has his own approach to pattern recognition altered over time?

3.) With the growth of YC batches, how have YC attempted to maintain the same levels of quality and mentorship with the growth

4.) We are always told YC and VCs work together. Is YC’s new $700m growth fund not in direct competition with VCs?

5.)  How does Justin approach the growth of his own personal brand? How important is it to Justin and investors and VCs on the whole?

6.) Why is Justin so bullish on Snapchat? What elements have Snapchat done that he looked to do with Justin.tv? If Justin were Evan Spiegel for the day, what would he change?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Justin’s Fave Book: Shogun: The 1st Novel of The Asian Saga

Justin’s Fave Blog or Newsletter: Nuzzel, The Information

As always you can follow The Twenty Minute VCHarry and Justin on Twitter here!
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  • Hey Harry, great to see the site is back up, I think you forgot to add a link to “Click To Play” so can’t actually download this episode (at the time of posting). Cheers!