Justin Kan launches his own startup incubator program called Zero-F

Serial entrepreneur Justin Kan, best known for co-founding Twitch, Justin.tv set and Socialcam, has still left his place as a spouse at Y Combinator to start his individual startup incubator application.

The undertaking is known as Zero-F — assume ‘zero to funding’ — and the strategy, Kan told TechCrunch, is to just take a incredibly palms-on strategy to setting up new startups in Silicon Valley.

“I joined YC to recuperate from the brain harm of beginning firms,” he explained in an job interview. “But I want to get again much more toward what I like executing, which is beginning firms.”

Zero-F is beginning out with an initial three firms: Whale, the Q&A video clip app that Kan helped launch late previous yr, on-line pharmacy startup ScriptDash, and a person as-yet-unnamed undertaking that Kan explained “will revolutionize the way law corporations work.”

The strategy is to introduce two to 3 new firms for every yr, with Kan working to establish out teams that can take promising strategies and switch them into tangible services. While each and every job differs, Kan sees himself pitching in on initial recruitment, style of prototypes, KPI thinking, construction and raising cash, amid other areas.

“Early-phase startups are all about the founders and workforce. I want to spouse with men and women who are hungry and have the uncooked skills to establish the app and get it out there,” Kan explained.

Kan is funding the undertaking himself — he does not prepare to convey in money from other people — with a prepare to devote in between many hundred thousand and a person million pounds to kick off new initiatives. Beyond just initial financing, he explained he wants to establish firms that, when prepared, can go out and increase cash from other investors, leveraging, of class, the relationships that he has developed as the two a founder and an trader.

YC, for a person, is down as a supporter of the new initiative.

“Y Combinator is energized to work with Justin as he launches this new startup incubator. He has been an awesome YC entrepreneur and mentor and we are self-assured that he will proceed to support founders build billion greenback startups for many years to arrive,” Michael Seibel, the program’s CEO and a Justin.tv set co-founder, explained in assertion.

In addition to YC and the Twitch exit to Amazon for shut to $1 billion, Kan is a really prolific angel trader who has backed much more than sixty startups, including his brother Dan’s startup Cruise Automation, which offered to GM for much more than $1 billion. While Kan said that his portfolio commitments “are not nearly anything like a total-time task,” he does not intend to dive in as an govt officer on Zero-F initiatives. From conversing to him, the blueprint looks to be the way he has worked with Whale.

“With Whale, I’m like the very first user,” Kan spelled out. “My feedback is around my expertise as a material creator. I like to support established the KPIs in a sure path and determine areas to work on from a material development standpoint.”

Kan explained he invested an initial $two hundred,000 into Whale, which also raised $500,000 much more from angel investors. The startup began as a audio-concentrated job just before pivoting to a Q&A app dependent mainly on Kan’s individual expertise and usage of Snapchat — which he began utilizing prolifically last yr.

The initial Zero-F workforce is composed of Kan, Nick Cortes, who has worked with Kan for much more than two many years, and a internet marketing advisor. In accordance to its website, the business is at the moment choosing for a application manager and a total-stack engineer to establish out its figures.

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