In episode 137 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast I speak with Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia, co-founder and CEO of Starry Inc, on providing high-quality, affordable internet that helps move communities forward.
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Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia is co-founder and CEO of Starry Inc., a wideband hybrid fiber wireless technology company focused on building competitive, affordable, high-quality broadband across the United States.
Prior to Starry, Chet was founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., the groundbreaking online television platform that enabled consumers to record and watch live HD broadcast television on virtually any type of Internet-connected device via a cloud-based OTA antenna and DVR.
Previously, Chet was the founder and CEO of Navic Networks. Like Aereo, Navic Networks addressed the challenges of today’s highly fragmented media landscape. Under Chet’s leadership, Navic Networks grew to be the undisputed industry leader in advanced television advertising and was acquired by Microsoft in 2008.
Chet holds more than 31 patents in fields ranging from robotics to data communications systems and is an innovative leader known for pushing beyond the conventional and developing breakthrough solutions.
He has been 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 Best Websites (2012) and a Top 50 Technology (2013) by MIT Technology Review.
In 2019, Chet was honored with Public Knowledge’s IP3 Award for Internet Protocol for his years of work developing technology in the interest 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 Most Influential Companies list.
Starry is a next generation licensed fixed wireless technology developer and internet service provider on a mission to connect as many people as possible to affordable, high-quality home broadband.
The company believes that connectivity is a social good and therefore should be both affordable and ubiquitous.
Starry’s goal is to provide competitive, high-quality, low-cost broadband options for residents in every community they serve.
They currently serve subscribers in six major U.S. cities today – Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City, Denver and Columbus, OH – and have an expansion roadmap to cover more than 40 million households nationwide.
Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 150 countries. Grant has personally interviewed 700+ impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.