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Updated July 24, 2017
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N. Mark Lam
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  1. "Too Bad It Had To End"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Live365 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, collegiate company culture (in some depts), nice location, interesting combination of traditional radio and the web

    Cons

    Company was too dependent on royalty rates staying the same. Advertising revenue never offset enough of the costs of operations. Premium listening fees a little too high.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to mitigate some of the royalty costs while still offering compelling content.


  2. "Great product Great people Terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Live365 full-time

    Pros

    The people are some the best coworkers I've ever had

    Cons

    CEO is the worst person to be heading a streaming music platform

  3. "None"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and professional people. Good place to learn and start.

    Cons

    Not very successful in this tough industry.


  4. "(Dis)fun(ctional) while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Live365 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Appealing concept (give anyone an internet connection a chance to broadcast their own radio channel), great co-workers, free snacks, reasonable hours.

    Cons

    Business doomed by always rising costs (royatlies and licensing), and slowly declining revenue despite much effort by everyone to come up with ways to make money. Frugal company made other companies looked more appealing to work at (aging equipment, rare company outings). Operating structure for company with multiple revenue streams and few resources not handled good, made unhealthy competition between deparments and project leaders (lying about potential revenue, timelines). There was a few years of multiple leadership changes that wiped out company bank accont.

    Advice to Management

    Great Brand Name, would be nice to sell to someone that can try something new with it


  5. "Hard to see the company shut its door"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Live365 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, Being a junior level QA engineer, I had the freedom to director level in Dev team. I really enjoyed working there

    Cons

    Very old technology, the investors or the CEO never accepted to change to new technology


  6. "The epitome of poor management"

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Live365 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team of people! The team was dedicated and wanted to win.We were family.

    Cons

    There was no vision, no leadership. The people that were selected to be the CEO of the company were incompetent. They had no idea of the power of the digital space that we were operating in. They didn't even use the product and really had no idea what the company did. They would impose stupid work guidelines and make unrealistic demands on staff members. The work environment could best be described as toxic. There was a lot of yelling, finger-pointing and blaming. It was always a blessing when the CEO was not in the office because of back problems or because he was flying around the world spending the company's money on his own whims. The company did not close down because of higher licensing costs, but rather to the mismanagement of the company's funds.

    Advice to Management

    Too late, because the company has closed.


  7. "Puff, the company is gone"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Live365 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely patient investor and nice office view.

    Cons

    Lack of business direction and afraid of revenue commitment on business proposals.

    Advice to Management

    CEO should do his job

  8. "Company closed down as it was directionless and had no interest in offering better product/services to customers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None other than no work pressure as nobody cared to innovate and implement better product to user

    Cons

    After new Ceo joined, the company did worse than ever until it finally shut down.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Closed Door - Why I'm not surprised."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Live365 full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with a lot of talented and dedicated individuals.

    Cons

    Management did not communicate what the vision was for the company. Projects took so long to complete, then abandoned, and moved on to another project.

    Advice to Management

    No need. The company is gone.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Company Laid Off Everybody"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Live365 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was a great building with fantastic CS and Sales co-workers.

    Cons

    Well.. We all just got laid off so there is that... What led to one of the first and premier online radio companies to fold? Lack of vision, paranoia, horrendous CEO leadership -- just to name a few.

    Advice to Management

    None


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