N. Mark Lam serves as Chairman, Executive Committee and CEO of Live365, Inc. One of the world's largest Internet radio networks, Live365 empowers thousands of broadcasters to create their own radio stations and entertains millions of listeners with a vast array of music and audio content from around the world.
Within a year of becoming CEO in September 2004, Lam turned Live365 into a viable business after it had burnt through $60 million before his arrival. Prior to joining Live365, Lam secured additional funding and advised the development of a new business model as the lead advisor to the company.
Lam has been active in negotiating and campaigning for a fair and consistent royalty rate system for webcasters. In 2006, he testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the Digital Media Association (DiMA) and Live365 on "Parity, Platforms, and Protection: The Future of the Music Industry in the Digital Radio Revolution." Following the 2007 Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision that increased the royalty rates paid to the recording industry by commercial webcasters in 2010 to two and a half times those for 2005, Lam has been advocating for royalty parity across all broadcasting platforms - including terrestrial, satellite, cable, and the Internet.
Before joining Live365, Lam headed his own law firm which specialized in solving business and legal problems as well as forming global alliances for multinational companies. His clients included Hon Hai Precision/Foxconn Group, Philips Electronics, and middle market companies, where he litigated and negotiated business and IP claims and consummated business deals which contributed significantly to their success and rapid growth.
Lam began his career as Assistant General Manager of Orient Xpress, a Benihana venture, where he spearheaded the start-up operations. After earning his J.D. and MBA, he worked at Hughes Aircraft, Dynafund (an international venture capital firm), and Geneva Company (the leading middle market M&A firm in the 1980's).
Lam has published over 50 articles in prominent journals and newspapers in Asia and the United States, including Harvard Business Review. In 2006, his book, China Now: Doing Business in the World's Most Dynamic Market - co-authored with Professor John L. Graham, an authority in international marketing and negotiations - was published by McGraw Hill, and was the best-selling English-language China-related business title in Hong Kong in 2007.
Lam received a B.A. from Hamilton College, a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Hong T. Lau is a graduate of the London Business School with an MBA.
He has held a number of senior positions in North America and Asia in diverse industries including being a managing director of the Jim Pattison Group.
Hong has extensive experience in finance, acquisitions and corporate growth strategies.
With more than a decade of database, software engineering, and management experience, Kevin Liao manages the overall infrastructure, server, and database components for the company. He joined Live365 as the senior database engineer tasked with building the data warehouse system and designing the database system of Live365. Over the years with the company, he has also worked on various back-end application servers of the Live365 system.
Prior to joining Live365, Kevin worked as System Engineer at the Computing Center of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and the Institute of Building and Planning at National Taiwan University. Kevin received a B.S. in Computer Science from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and a M.S. in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts Boston. He was also in the Ph.D program in Computer Science at the University of Southern California with Dr. Dennis McLeod, a pioneer in objected oriented and federated database systems. He listens to new age, easy listening, and classical stations.
Jeff Tam has spent his career building engaging consumer mobile and web experiences. At Live365, he is responsible for product management, helping define business requirements and working with engineering to roll out exciting new Live365 features and products across web, mobile, and desktop.
Prior to joining Live365, Jeff was the lead product manager for major landing pages and section pages on Yahoo!'s media websites, across web and mobile. Jeff was at the forefront of Yahoo's web modernization efforts, moving all of Yahoo's major media verticals globally (News, Finance, Sports, etc.) off of legacy websites and onto a common stack - the Yahoo Publishing Platform. Jeff developed the platform's first mobile and tablet optimized set of landing/section pages and initiated/released re-designs of the websites on the platform. In addition, he led content personalization efforts across Yahoo's media verticals, which led to increases in content clickthrough rates. Jeff started his product management career at Epocrates, where he spent many years building consumer facing native mobile applications (ranging from iPhone to BlackBerry to Palm) as well as developing fruitful sponsorship opportunities for those applications. Jeff has a B.S in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and started his career doing software quality assurance as well as software engineering. He listens to Classical stations, Asian, Pop, Celtic, and 40's stations.