Starry, which has raised an undisclosed amount of first-round funding from investors including FirstMark Capital and IAC, is also selling a new approach to distribute signals inside the home. Jani recalled the first meeting inside Navic’s second offices, a tight-packed room, stacked with boxes and desks side by side. FirstMark Capital was one of Aereo’s investors. Kanojia recognized this as a problem for Aereo, as it is for every other tech company that operates on the internet. The company’s plans call for Internet-beaming equipment to be installed on tall buildings. But Aereo wasn’t a failure—to Kanojia and to investors.

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That isn’t stopping Kanojia from taking on another set of entrenched, well-funded firms: One question is whether people will want to install new hardware outside their homes. It changes everything,” he added. Well before the recent explosion of internet-based TV bundles, Aereo became a tech phenom by streaming broadcast channels over the internet for a small monthly fee.

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Most Americans have no more than one option here. He gained notoriety for Aereo, which was well on its way to irrevocably changing the TV business. Almost three years after that ruling, I’m riding an elevator with Kanojia up to a loft in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The company had raised some early-stage capital, not that anyone could tell.

Everybody else, you had to figure it knojia. But why would I need a router this fancy?

It’s a technology kanojiia others have tried before but failed to make into something ready for consumers. Thousands of people died in after a nearby pesticide plant leaked toxic gas.

And that meant a gatekeeper—the kind that Kanojia doesn’t particularly like. It was masterful execution. The judges ruled that Aereo had exploited a loophole to get around copyright law.

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Rather than an acquisition or a public listing below Aereo, it reads: It was a hack, but one that seemed kanojis have found a legal loophole around the rules against rebroadcasting over-the-air TV.

Your California Privacy Rights. Each of those stations would have a range of about a mile. The best plot points in movie history. But Aereo wasn’t a failure—to Kanojia and to investors. Chet Kanojia on a phone call with investors while standing next to Starry Beam, the network node, in Somerville, Massachusetts.


If Aereo failed, we were going to need new gigs,” Kanojia said. When he was growing up in India, young people took one national exam that determined the level of university they could kqnojia.

But experts increasingly view them as an underutilized resource that, with the right technology, could usher in the next wireless-communications breakthrough. Both Aereo and now Starry have been squarely aimed at bringing change to markets in which big companies held outsized power. If Starry works, it could mean big things for the internet, not just from a business perspective. For now, Starry Internet is only running as a beta test in the greater Boston area.

That’s a lesson Chet Kanojia has lived and learned. He had the backing of media mogul Barry Diller.

The broadcasters sued Aereo and lost just about every time until the Supreme Court heard the case. Starting inAereo looked like a winner. Customers would link to the network by a small antenna on the outside of the home.