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Garrett Camp’s Expa Aims to Channel StumbleUpon and Uber Lessons Into New Companies

After co-founding StumbleUpon and Uber, Garrett Camp wants to do more of the same: Generate ideas, make prototypes and turn them into companies.

garrett_camp_featureHis newly formed Expa will be akin to startup generators from serial entrepreneurs like Evan Williams’s Obvious and Max Levchin’s HVF, Camp said.

“I’ve been sort of doing this informally but I figured I should formalize it,” said Camp, who recently helped launch BlackJet, an Uber-like company for snagging rides on private jets. “I want to use these observations about everything I’ve learned.”

Camp said he expects to make mobile apps around “media, location, data analytics, smartphones and sensors” and other themes, while admitting that those ideas are indeed vague and trendy.

More specifics will come in a matter of months, when his first app launches, Camp said.

“At Stumble, I tried to be CEO for a long time, but the early product stuff is what I’m really best at,” Camp added. He said he hopes to start these companies and then hand them off to a co-founder, while maintaining the role of executive chairman.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik