Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia
Co-Founder & Board Member
Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia is co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors for Starry, Inc., a next generation licensed fixed wireless technology developer and internet service provider. From 2015 to 2023, Mr. Kanojia served as Chief Executive Officer for the company and oversaw dramatic growth of the company, from initial research and development phases to deployment of Starry’s fixed wireless access network coverage across more than five million households in the United States.
Under Kanojia’s leadership, Starry pioneered a reimagining of fixed wireless broadband access in the U.S., developing innovative wireless technology using licensed millimeter wave spectrum to deliver high-capacity, fiber-quality connectivity to the home at a fraction of the cost of fiber to the home. Starry is available in five major metropolitan areas including Boston, New York City, DC, Los Angeles, and Denver. In recognition of the company’s innovative work in driving competition and affordability in the broadband market, in 2022, Starry was named to the second annual TIME100 Most Influential Companies list and to FORTUNE’s 8th Annual Change the World list.
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 recognized as one of the "Top Disruptors of 2013" by Forbes magazine, 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.