Thomas Yu has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at LiveAF. Yu succeeds Colin Hodge, who left the company a week prior to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures.
Thomas has held a number of leadership, growth, and founding roles at tech companies, including Zynga, Heightens Media, and Golden Rat Studios. He is a Los Angeles native, and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. “I am honored to join LiveAF,” Yu stated, “and I look forward to building upon the success the team has already had.”
LiveAF launched in the US in November 2018. Its parent company, 17 Media, launched in Asia in 2015, and is now the number one live streaming app in Japan and Taiwan. The app prides itself on providing a luxurious lifestyle for its streamers, by hosting in-app contests with prizes such as all-expense paid tropical vacations, billboards, parties, and professional photoshoots.
At LiveAF, it’s not only the streamers who receive top notch treatment. In his first week as CEO, Yu made it a priority to cater to his employees, making the workplace as productive as inviting as possible. Through the work he was able to accomplish in such a short time, the company now proudly offers full healthcare coverage for its employees.
Yu has many plans to continue LiveAF’s growth, “We already doubled in size in the last month, and will double again in the next 3 months.” The company’s US headquarters are beginning the transition from a shared space to a private building, further solidifying the company’s growth. By moving to a larger and more permanent space, the team is looking forward to a workspace where they can continue to grow.
“In a well-established market like Asia, live streamers are like celebrities. In the US, live streaming is still relatively new, which only means one thing: opportunity. This is a great time to build your audience as a live streamer,” Yu commented.