"Broadcasting something live from a remote site has always been the sole domain of large media corporations with access to satellite trucks," says Kan."What we want to do is put it in the hands of the people. It allows the broadcast of sports that aren't large enough for ESPN."That said, we do want to make clear that this isn't an art school project," says Kan."This is ultimately about providing a business solution -- one that took us six months to design and build the hardware and software, and to come up with ideas around how to make it interactive.Coincidentally, the duo ended up attending Yale University together (where they also met and befriended Michael Siebel, who would later become Justin. While still seniors, the two decided to come up with a startup idea together."Basically because we didn't want to go get jobs as management consultants or bankers," says Kan.
That use is recording every moment of Justin Kan's life, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, and displaying it to random looky-loos who visit the startup's site at Justin. As I'm writing this, for instance, it's March 26, p.m. Looks like he's not alone -- hey, he's talking to another Asian American guy. "I grew up in Seattle," says Kan's invisible, offscreen voice.
Based on Kan's handy calendar, I think he's someone from Podtech Network, a startup that offers videoblogs from the likes of Jason Calcanis and Robert Scoble. (When Kan's wearing his Hat Cam, you can't see him, of course -- you're looking at the world from his first-person perspective.
Actually, you can see Kan himself only when he's asleep, because that's when he turns the camera around to face his half-naked bad self in bed. Which answers the other question that comes to people's minds when they encounter Kan.
Unfortunately, just a year into their startup journey, Google announced its own calendar app, and the dream of getting rolled into the Google Plex evaporated.
But their hard work was worth something -- and though a number of suitors offered to buy Kiko, the purchases were always contingent on Kan and Shear coming on board as part of the deal.