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JustinKan1678 karma

This is the answer. I can't speak for the current policies of Twitch because I actually really don't know any more.

JustinKan1585 karma

Anyone who studied physics knows that physicists are the worst programmers

JustinKan1176 karma

I was a shitty self taught programmer.

JustinKan800 karma

  1. What do you really want to do in your life? It is important to find a direction. If you don't have one, that is ok, maybe you need to just take a break to free some space up.
  2. What are you afraid of? Everything you want is on the other side of fear. What are you afraid will happen if you leave your traditional path? Are these fears real? How can you mitigate them?
  3. Quit soon. It just gets harder over time.

JustinKan637 karma

That is a great question. I'd say that I have been incredibly, incredibly, unbelievably fucking lucky in my life. This isn't to discount the hard work we put in: I think hard work put us in the position to capitalize on many lucky breaks. But to put it all on me would be ridiculous.

I was lucky to be born in America. I was lucky that my parents insisted on investing in my education and sent me to private school. I was lucky to grow up just a couple blocks from my friend Emmett Shear, who eventually became my cofounder (and is the CEO of Twitch today). I was lucky I got into Yale off the waitlist, where Emmett also went and we met our third cofounder. I was lucky a friend suggested that we start a company in college, and that we were able to recruit Emmett. I was lucky another friend forwarded an email from Paul Graham about his new investment fund Y Combinator the day before applications were due. I was lucky YC funded us for our shitty first startup, and then again after that company failed for Justin.tv. I was lucky that we met our first venture investors through a random connection that happened to come to a dinner party we threw. I was lucky that Emmett suggested we pivot to what became Twitch.

The list goes on forever.