October - 2013 - issue > India's 50 Best Small & Startup IT Companies

Livestream: Balancing People and Technology

SI Team
Thursday, October 3, 2013
SI Team
Headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, Ukraine and India, Livestream offers event owners a complete set of hardware and software tools to share their events with a growing community online. With a mission is to connect people and live events Livestream has more than 33 million viewers each month and more than 1 billion viewer watch thousands of live events from customers including The New York Times, Facebook, ESPN, SpaceX and Warner Bros. Records.

They currently have 40 employees in India and around 200 worldwide generating revenue of $18.8 million in 2012. They offer competitive salaries and benefits including healthcare insurance, use of company guest house and lounge for relaxing, full team outings twice biannually, team lunches, weekly snacks, cab facility for employees working in shift, late night cabs and business dinners for those who work late.

Energized with a young, dynamic and exciting environment where smart people solve real-world problems, Livestream is different for making live events exciting. They make their business as much about people as it is about technology. And balancing the two is a key part of any job at Livestream whether you're in development or sales, or anywhere in between. For aspirants who like live events and the latest technology, there's no better way to spend your day as the organization boasts of a collaborative and challenging team-oriented approach to work coupled with a fast-paced work environment.

With this in mind, workers are provided flexible work timings to help in work-life balance. In addition to this the organization maintains a very transparent culture and has frequent feedback sessions. This is facilitated through monthly open forum wherein employees can discuss their problems or any company related issues. The hierarchy is flat and everyone is very much approachable.

In terms of performance assessment, quarterly performance review system is established. Daily calls and quick all-hands meet also happen to support agile development. Decisions concerning career development, promotion, succession planning and compensation depend on information provided through effective performance management. The actual assessment of how well employee have done will be undertaken at the end of each year through a comprehensive appraisal of their performance in relation to the expectations set by the organization.

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