Andrew McCollum Named CEO of Philo
Founding Member of Facebook and NEA Entrepreneur in Residence Joins Philo to Drive Next-Generation Television Experience for Universities
November 20, 2014
Cambridge, Mass – Philo, an innovative next-generation TV platform, today announces the appointment of Andrew McCollum as the company’s CEO. Philo works with dozens of universities around the country to deliver live television and DVR service to students on any of their devices with intelligent search, insightful discovery, and effortless sharing.
“Having worked with Andrew for more than three years, I’m very excited that he has joined as CEO to grow Philo’s presence and expand its service to university and college campuses across the country,” said Patrick S. Chung, Philo board member and founding partner of the Xfund. “Andrew has been actively involved in Philo since its inception and has provided invaluable guidance as an advisor, investor, and board member. The board unanimously supports Andrew in this next role.”
Chung continued, “He was part of the team that designed the very first version of one of the world’s most compelling consumer experiences at Facebook, and has a deep understanding of Philo’s audience — he will use that experience and insight to drive the success of the company.”
Prior to joining Philo, McCollum was an Entrepreneur in Residence at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Philo’s lead investor, and Flybridge Partners, a seed investor in Philo. He was also on the founding team of Facebook and has been an active early-stage angel investor and advisor. McCollum holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.
“I am thrilled to join the Philo team at a time when student demand for TV solutions is growing and campuses need solutions to access live television through an interactive and customizable platform on the devices students use every day,” said McCollum. “We have a unique opportunity to build a richer and more engaging viewer experience that truly showcases the amazing content on television in new and exciting ways. We’re extremely excited to reach more students with the best way to watch TV on campus.”
McCollum’s appointment comes on the heels of the strong momentum Philo has generated under the leadership of former CEO Christopher Thorpe, including expanding to new universities, a revamped product interface, new strategic partnerships in media and entertainment, and being named one of Fast Company’s 2014 “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.”
Philo is the industry leader in bringing live TV and DVR to college students on all of the devices they use — computers, tablets, and smartphones — anywhere on campus. Philo works with the content and media industries to provide students access to programming through a cable or satellite provider, including popular TV series as well as live news, sports, and events. Philo, formerly Tivli, also offers students access to TV Everywhere services like HBO GOÒ and innovative features that enhance the viewing experience.
Philo’s IPTV solution is currently available on dozens of campuses across the country, including Harvard, Yale, University of Alabama, Sacramento State, Shippensburg University, and the University of Washington. The company’s investors include NEA, Xfund, Felicis Ventures, Rho Ventures, Flybridge, CBC New Media Group of Raleigh NC, Home Box Office, Inc., Mark Cuban’s Radical Investments, WME, and TriplePoint Capital.
Visit Philo at www.philo.com.
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