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Justin Kan launches video Q&A app Whale

Posted Oct 31, 2016 by Jordan Crook (@jordanrcrook)
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Justin Kan, YC Partner, serial entrepreneur and one of the internet’s most-loved reality stars, has started another venture in the form of Whale, a video Q&A app.

Whale lets users post questions and enter into a one-to-one video conversation with an influencer or expert who can offer up the perfect answer. Those videos answers are then recorded and added to a library of existing content, letting users search through previously asked questions and answers.

In a video showing the making of Whale (of course there’s a video — it’s a Justin Kan startup), Kan says that he created Whale after repeatedly getting asked the same questions from his social media followers. He decided to build an app to hold a library of his own answers and realized all influencers and experts could use this kind of tool. Plus, Whale gives those same influencers the opportunity to better monetize their content.

(Skip to this part of the video to hear Kan talk about the making of Whale.)

Justin Kan is currently serving as a partner and spokesperson at Y Combinator, and running a ‘product hunt for music’ company called Drop. But his history in the tech world is a long one.

Kan started out with a video platform called Justin.TV, which was a 24/7 stream of his life. This was before the days of Periscope and Meerkat, and a 24/7 live stream was more technically challenging.

He then went on to found streaming platform Twitch, which sold to Amazon for nearly $1 billion in cash in August of 2014.

But Kan has met failure as well as success, shuttering his personal assistant startup Exec.

With Kan’s history in the video world, it should be interesting to watch Whale try to fill a space that services like YouTube and Snapchat simply can’t.

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  • Justin Kan

    • Bio Justin Kan is an internet entrepreneur and investor. Justin has founded various companies including: Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar; Justin.tv, a live video streaming platform; Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60mm by Autodesk in 2012); Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired by for $970mm by Amazon in 2014); and Exec, an on demand home cleaning service (acquired by …
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    • Founded 2005
    • Overview Y Combinator is a startup accelerator based in Mountain View, CA. In 2005, Y Combinator developed a new model of startup funding. Twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120K) in a large number of startups (most recently 68). The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months. The YC partners work closely with each company to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch …
    • Location Mountain View, California
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