Becoming a Billionaire with your Passion.
January 2007: Justin Kan sits down to go live with me on his newly found venture at their headquarters in San Francisco.
It’s the American Dream for most – you set out in the world finding your passion, and at the same time, make a rewarding career for yourself while leaving a legacy for others. It’s the dream that came true for both Justin Kan and Michael Siebel this year within Silicon Valley. Two Yale graduates that set out to change the way we interact online.
In 2007 – I ventured out to San Francisco to meet up with my friends Justin and Michael as they were launching the new venture Justin.tv. I was one of the first few to join in with this platform of live video sharing. It was wildly popular and quickly caught on to millions across the Globe. I can recall getting e-mails from Australia, England and Tokyo within my first 45 days of joining. I would interview guests from all over and made some of the best connections in the industry off of this new found platform online.
Fast forward seven years later – and the spin-off of Justin.tv (Twitch.tv) sold to Amazon for $1 Billion. It’s a bitter-sweet day as the sale to Amazon also closes down the first video platform sharing site – Justin.tv. Yet – what a wonderful accomplishment made in just seven years. Most probably heard of sites to come after Justin.tv – such as UStream, YouNow and YouTube Live.
In a world of economic uncertainty and where people may give up on dreams – know that when you put your passion to work in your life a true reward can come of it. Here’s to all the dreamers, developers and people that do what you love.
More about the author of this article:
Dennis A. Branch specializes in startups, the building / re-building of brands and acquiring the distribution, marketing and team to create an overall game changing presence in the industry. Serving over 14+ years in various Leadership roles within the telecommunications industry – and successfully launching the first 4G Network in the United States in 2009. He helped to take a struggling startup to a half-billion dollar annual producer with the lowest operating costs in the industry.
His clients and partners include many companies – such as Best Buy, Cox, DirecTV, Dish Network, Google, Intel, Lenovo, Miss USA / Universe Pageant Franchise, QVC, Radio Shack, Time Warner, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney World Resorts and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to help secure distribution and marketing.