Working from a late-night experiment in creating a social Internet radio community while at Nanocosm Inc., Andy Volk co-invented and launched Live365.com in 1999, which experienced exponential user growth and went on to eclipse the number of stations in the US radio market within 6 months of the service launch, in addition to being named one of the "Top 6 Killer Apps" by Deutsche Bank Alex.Brown that same year. Within one year of launch, Live365 rapidly grew to become the Internet's second-largest broadcaster with over 2.7 million Annual Tuning Hours [ATH].
While at Scour Inc., Andy became the lead product manager in charge of their web application product line, which included their myCaster internet broadcasting application and their Scour Exchange peer-to-peer software. After joining Yahoo! to manage some of their first generation of streaming music subscription and community products, Andy's role expanded to develop and manage streaming audio/video products for groups across the company, including Yahoo! Entertainment, Music, Sports, and AT&T Yahoo!, and was tapped to manage the final construction, launch, and ongoing product management for the first year of Yahoo's groundbreaking Video Search vertical.
Andy is the Principal and Founder of DOWNTEMPO, an Internet product development & web strategy firm located in San Francisco's Mission District.
With over 11 years of product management experience, and a Certified ScrumMaster, Andy is also the listed inventor on 5 of Yahoo!'s online media patent applications. Andy is one of the creators of Media RSS, the de facto standard for enhanced rich media treatment in RSS feeds.