Justin.tv Raises Funding For Trendy Lifecasting

Justin.TV LogoJustin Kan and Emmett Shear are entrepreneurs that have a close-knit relationship with Y-Combinator. Kan and Shear created a calendar company called Kiko which sold on eBay for $258,000. Since then, Kan launched Justin.tv last March. Justin.tv is also backed by Y-Combinator.

Justin.tv is a website dedicated to the “lifecasting” of its members. Members of Justin.tv attach a webcam to their computers and chat with those who are interested in their life. Imagine The Truman Show except for multiple characters and the filming is voluntary. Browsing from camera-to-camera reminds me of browsing albums on an Apple iPhone:
Justin.tv Screen Shot 1
When Justin.tv first launched, a series of unfortunate events happened.

The first event was a police raid. On Wednesday March 21st at 1:40AM, pranksters called the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and reported a shooting using Justin.tv’s cell phone number that was listed on the website at the time and reported stabbings. The SFPD entered the Justin.tv with guns drawn while the web cameras were rolling.

The second unfortunate event was that another prankster used the Justin.tv cell phone number to report a fire in the building. Six fire trucks showed up. The cameras were off this time though.

Undaunted by the event, Justin.tv prevailed and membership increased. The company also found a way to cut costs from $0.36 per user hour to less than a penny. And now the company is officially backed by Alsop Louie Partners.

The amount of funding is undisclosed.

Information Sources:
[1] paidContent: Justin.tv Gets Funding; Launches Open Video Streaming Servic
[2] NewTeeVee: Justin.tv Wins Funding, Opens Platform
[3] TechCrunch: Viewer Prank: Police Raid Justin.tv

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Justin.tv Raises Funding For Trendy Lifecasting Comments

  1. Girlbyes says:

    Ok great here comes the masses! Will Justin.tv limit the number of channels I can have or can someone with Multiple Personlity Disoder broadcast on 12 separate streams? Hmm where’s the press release. When will I be able to download clips and post them to youtube? How come I can only see max 17 1/2 live channels on the the directory bar? How come it’s not scrollable so I can see all the live channels. Yeah the browsing screen is great but I always have navigate back to and forth each time I want to go into a live room. That’s not so great. LOL this is the first time I’ve seen the iphone, justin.tv and did NOT see ijustine mentioned. Could it be our viral video girl has finally, really gone away?

    Guess I’ll just have to go see good old faithfull slavishishly dilligent and brilliant Justopia
    http://justopia.wordpress.com to see what’s really going on! Meanwhile get here and sign up fast before someone else begins streaming under your name!

  2. Mo Kakwan says:

    Commenter 1 seems like a stalker. Someone better warn justin.

  3. jaek says:

    justin has done a great job with his friend on their site.

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