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Larry Ho(賀元)

Light Harmonic
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Folsom, CA
In 1994, Larry Ho (aged 23) published Taiwan's best seller "The Millennium Software Revolution," and subsequently founded Inforian Press, first as a book publisher. In 1995, Larry turned Inforian into a software startup and released one of the world's first desktop meta search engines -- IQ, which supported 7 languages and sold 8 million copies world wide. In 1997, Inforian released the first Chinese instant messenger -- CICQ, which quickly broken 1 million globally registered users. Riding on the success, Larry set up their Silicon Valley office and raised 25 million USD in venture capital, from prominent VCs such as Intel Capital. Inforian then launched coolbid.com -- Asia's first real time online bidding eCommerce web site. In 2001, Larry announced closure of Inforian due to the .com bubble. From then to 2011, Larry went from China to the Bay Area, running a series of ventures including for example a cloud-based game center and a 6-million-member online music streaming platform. These ventures weren't great successes. Never giving up, in 2011 Larry started Light Harmonic, and finally found his success. After very successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, Light Harmonic is now close to break even and employs around 30 people in Bay Area. Larry Ho is a tube-lover and vinylphile, and itt was his love of analog that inspired him to use his electronics engineering skills to lead a design team that produced a DAC that sounded less digital and more like the real world. Now, Larry's passion is to create ground-breaking new products with the best design team he can assemble. Larry holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics Engineering with a double major in Computer Science from National Chiao-Rung University. He also holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from National Taiwan University. In his free time, he enjoys music of all genres, but prefers symphony and concerto. He lives in Folsom, CA with his wife and their son. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryho1 http://larryho.brandyourself.com/