On Episode 137 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I talk with Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia, co-founder and CEO of Starry Inc, about delivering affordable, high-quality internet that helps drive communities forward.
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Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia is co-founder and CEO of Starry Inc., a hybrid fiber broadband wireless technology company focused on creating competitive, affordable, high-quality broadband across the United States. .
Prior to Starry, Chet was Founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., the revolutionary online television platform that enabled consumers to record and watch live HD television on virtually any type of connected device. to the Internet via a cloud-based OTA antenna and DVR.
Previously, Chet was the founder and CEO of Navic Networks. Like Aereo, Navic Networks has risen to the challenges of today’s highly fragmented media landscape. Under Chet’s leadership, Navic Networks became the undisputed industry leader in advanced television advertising and was acquired by Microsoft in 2008.
Chet holds over 31 patents in areas ranging from robotics to data communication systems and is an innovative leader known for going beyond conventional solutions and developing breakthroughs.
He was noted as part of Vanity Fair’s 2013 “Next Establishment List” and named one of Inc. Magazine’s “2013 Entrepreneurs of the Year.” Aereo’s technology was also named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 50 Websites (2012) and one of the Top 50 Technologies (2013) by MIT Technology Review.
In 2019, Chet received Public Knowledge’s IP3 Award for Internet Protocol for his years of work developing technology in the interests of competition and consumer choice.
Chet holds a master’s degree in computer systems engineering from Northeastern University in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Bhopal, India.
Starry was recently named to the second annual TIME100 list of most influential companies.
Starry is a fixed wireless technology developer and licensed next-generation Internet service provider on a mission to connect as many people as possible to affordable, high-quality home broadband.
Society believes that connectivity is a social good and therefore must be both affordable and ubiquitous.
Starry’s goal is to provide competitive, high-quality, low-cost broadband options to residents in every community they serve.
They currently serve subscribers in six major US cities today – Boston, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Columbus, OH – and have an expansion roadmap to cover more 40 million households nationwide.