I am excited to write about the launch of Starry today! We’ve had the privilege of working with Starry’s founder, Chet Kanojia, now three times. His first venture, Navic Networks, put rich, interactive software in tens of millions of cable boxes across America (and had a great exit to Microsoft). His second venture, Aereo, transformed the broadcast TV industry and accelerated OTT video by several years. Aereo’s technology was so disruptive it eventually wound up before the Supreme Court, a journey which I wrote about here.
Today, Starry comes out of stealth, with a mission to redefine how we access the internet. To call this vision “ambitious” is an understatement, and represents exactly the kind of challenge we love to get behind. The first product is the Starry Station, which is a revolutionary WiFi router with the world’s first ambient touch screen interface.
Starry Station allows you to measure the health of your Internet service, see devices attached to your network, easily create access rules (like managing Screen Time for children), and connect to customer support all through a simple touch screen interface. Anyone that uses Internet based services will love the new platform (not just product) that Starry Station is building.
The company also announced Starry Internet, a radical new ISP for broadband access using state of the art wireless technologies. Rather than overbuilding and digging up ground that costs $2500 per home passed, Starry Internet will be able to serve that same home with equivalent (or better) speeds at 1/100th of the cost! While each product (the router and the ISP) can be used independently, together one can imagine what a seamless end-to-end modern Internet experience will look like.
We’re very excited to partner with Starry and can’t wait to see how they will revolutionize the way consumers connect to the internet.
To learn more about Starry’s products and service, visit https://starry.com/.