Before live-streaming became commonplace content online, Justin Kan strapped a webcam to his head and live-casted his daily life for about 8 months on end. In 2007, Justin broadcasted his day to day routine on Justin.tv, providing a 24/7 live video feed of himself and his co-founders; just four programmers in an apartment.
At the time, technology wasn’t quite there yet. The convenience of fast internet and one-click-away iPhone functions that we now know and love hadn’t existed. So he did what he did best – he improvised. Stringing together multiple modems from different providers onto one computer, he sent the video by multiplexing it over numerous cell phone connections.
In recent years, prominent Indonesia-based startups like Gojek and Tokopedia have been putting the archipelago on the map for start-ups and innovation.
Home to the region’s largest population (270.6 million), and economy, it is no surprise Indonesia is now prime real estate for entrepreneurs with solutions to local problems, like its largely unbanked population, its underdeveloped internet infrastructure and more.
A designer and engineer turned early-stage investor, Garry Tan’s journey to becoming managing partner of Initialized Capital was one that comprised hard work, learning from his mistakes, and most importantly, a confidence in betting against big tech.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Garry was raised in the shadow of Silicon Valley. Armed with only a passion for coding at 14, he cut his teeth as an engineer and was paid $7 an hour, getting his customers through good ol’ cold calling, the yellow pages, and the internet. Eventually, Garry joined Y Combinator (YC), and as it grew from a little-known entrepreneurial programme into one of Silicon Valley’s best-known and regarded networks for early-stage technology startups, his budding career in the industry soon flourished. At the same time, he’d gained invaluable insights that he uses today for Initialized.