Aereo wants a TV revolution, if the Supreme Court will let it
Boston Globe - 06/05/2014
Seeing a documentary on John F. Kennedy sparked a desire to come to the United States. So after graduating from Bhopal’s National Institute of Technology, Kanojia enrolled in graduate school at Northeastern, earning a master’s in computer systems engineering in 1993. After a few years in a PhD program and working for others, he founded Navic with Cindy Guttman in 1999. The company developed software that made cable boxes interactive, allowing advertisers to target audiences more effectively. (This is where Kanojia learned how much time cable subscribers, despite having all the channels, spent watching the traditional broadcast networks.) Kanojia stayed on with Microsoft after the sale, leaving in 2010.
When he’s not in New York, Kanojia, who is fit, dresses sharply, and keeps his graying hair cropped, lives with his wife and two children in Newton. He plays golf, runs, and rides his bike, counts Fleetwood Mac and the Cure among his favorite bands, and has a weakness for cars. He gets by on four hours of sleep, he says. In a given week, he might record CBS Sunday Morning or Saturday Night Live using his Aereo DVR.
He’s also a major funder of Parivaar, a residential program for vulnerable children in West Bengal, India, with more than 900 boys and girls in its care. Close to home, he’s an active supporter of Northeastern and joined its board of trustees in May. University president Joseph Aoun says he can’t wait for Kanojia to apply his innovative thinking to the school’s long-term planning. “We are looking at new ways of understanding the world, and he clearly has it,” says Aoun, who believes Kanojia can be a leading voice in the state’s business community. “He pushes the boundaries.”