Your live hangout where you share your experiences. Watch movies with 100+ friends, play and share games, watch sports, hangout, and more!
Why is your company the best option to solve the problem you're solving?
Kast is a cross-platform content-agnostic solution to watch parties. We have a team that has done it before, and has the battle scars to prove it, and thus will not panic when new challenges come ahead. We also have the approach that we are targeting the everyday person, and thus our focus is on simplification and ease of use.
What nuggets of info make you interesting? Why do people care about what you're doing?
We employ 13 people in San Diego, located at the San Diego Innovation Center opposite Miramar Airport. We are a dog-friendly office. People using our platform spend 3 hours per session. We have a community from 204 countries. Over 50% is North America.
What else do you want us to know?
Our Chief Experience Officer, Elina Ollila, has 14 patents and also is the President of UX Speakeasy in San Diego. Our CTO Tim Flack use to be a photographer of San Diego music bands. Our President Justin Weissberg use to be an ex-professional esports player, and top 100 for COD and WOW."
BEHIND THE COMPANY
CEO/Founder: Mark Ollila
What one book, podcast, newsletter, etc. do you recommend to other entrepreneurs? Why?
The Resonant Leader for business. Helps you focus on what leadership is and how it influences everyone in your life. How do you help other people succeed? The Dark Forrest for personal. It answers the question of why we have not seen any alien extraterrestrial life yet. The second book of the Three-Body Problem trilogy.
What is your company's secret sauce?
The secret sauce is our product team's ability to understand the space and design simple but powerful interfaces for the experience combined with our engineering teams ability to rapidly make those ideas a reality and get them in the hands of users which product then gathers feedback from creating a fast and virtuous feedback loop. Kast is designed for 1 click streaming and is so easy that anyone can use it. Also helps that we have a family of patents in the Watch Party Space.
What inspired you to start/run this company?
I had a successful career at Nokia/Microsoft which was a lot of fun. Everything I worked on, influenced millions of people. What I saw in Kast, was the opportunity to build a company that had that same effect - influencing millions. Also - always wanted to be a media mogul.
What's the best entrepreneurial advice you've received?
Make myself replaceable.
What sets your company culture apart?
Our culture is set up on several principles, which we use as quotes of wisdom. These include: 1) We want to build a champion team, not a team of champions. 2) Vision-based leadership, facts-based management 3) Data wins arguments