Co-Founders & Founding History
Co-Founder & CEO
Max has been developing online services since the age of eight, and launched his first BBSs at 12. After finishing high school in his native Belgium, Max decided that he wanted to be a live television director and embarked on an internship at IMG's television division in London.
Max realized that the next opportunity was the emerging Internet and quickly rose through the ranks at IMG to become the CTO of Its interactive division. There he built large scale web sites for the largest sporting events in the world—all with real-time scoring and live video. During that time he also became an expert in broadcast television technologies, pioneering a new video production platform while at IMG.
He moved to New York in 2005 after Verizon Business acquired the video platform he had created at IMG and became a Vice President at Verizon Business, until founding Livestream in 2007. In Livestream, Max was able to merge the Internet with his original passion, a live television director. Max and his team of co-founders built the Original Livestream into the market leader for real time event coverage and are now ready to expand those capabilities with the launch of the New Livestream.
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Daya worked with Max for nearly 10 years at IMG in London as the lead engineer on his team. He later joined Verizon Business who had acquired the production platform they had built.
In 2007, Daya became a co-founder of Livestream. At that time, Daya also decided to return to Bangalore, India, his hometown and the capital of the technology industry. In Bangalore, Daya opened Livestream India. With an original plan to hire a few engineers and work from his family home, he found their first angel investor who quickly funded Livestream. This initial funding allowed them to open an office in 2007 and recruit a larger team. Today, Daya's team is 55 strong and growing and covers engineering, quality assurance, 24/7 monitoring and support. Daya holds a Bachelors of Engineering (Electronics & Communication).
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
Phil and Max met while working together on various project while at IMG. Max quickly convinced Phil to bring his unique combination of creative and design skills, along with his software engineering expertise in Flash and Java, to Livestream. They built the first prototype of the Livestream Studio in New York.
Today Phil is the Chief Product Officer, managing the product creation process in tandem with the co-founders, core engineering, and the design and marketing team. He is responsible for the Livestream brand and the product design team, which is headed by Senior Designer Micah Sivitz. Phil also is in charge of the mobile product and manages the day to day of the mobile engineering team.
Phil is also a renowned interactive artist and has exhibited in many of the top shows and museums worldwide including Wired Next Fest, London Design Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Tokyo design week. His most famous artwork is called Shadow Monsters (watch video) which has been included as part of the permanent MoMa collection and is on display in various exhibits and museums around the world.
Phil holds a Masters (RCA) in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art in London. He also holds a First Class Honours BA in Graphic and Media Design from London College of Printing.
Co-Founder, Chief Architect
Mark and Max met in New York in 2006, a year before Livestream was founded. At that time Mark was an engineer in New York at LimeWire, the peer-to-peer software company. In need of a strong engineering leadership at the New York headquarters, Mark became a co-founder of Livestream and built the engineering team in New York. After the company raised it's first $1mm in January 2007, all the co-founders went to Bangalore for three months to visit Daya and recruit a team and open the Indian subsidiary and office.
Mark has been leading the engineering and product development at Livestream, together with Daya, and built a core team of expert engineers in NY to lead the software development for the company. Originally in charge of all hosting operations, Mark later recruited Nicholas Tang as Livestream's VP of Devops.
In January 2012, Mark is moving back to Geneva, Switzerland, his home-town, to open Livestream's European offices. He is stepping down as Chief Architect to become the General Manager of Livestream Europe. Paul Schumacher who joined Livestream in 2009 and has been Mark's right hand engineer, will become the new Chief Architect.
Mark holds a Master's of Science in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) and is a Published P2P Expert.
From Founding to Present
Currently Livestream employs more than sixty people in the US working across product design, engineering, premium sales, customer support, advertising, promotion and marketing, content partnerships, production, and administration.
Livestream has also opened a subsidiary in the Ukraine with a team of 15 engineers working on the mobile and encoder technologies.
The office in India continues to grow with close to fifty five full time employees spanning engineering, quality assurance, 24/7 monitoring and support.