Facebook Co-Founder Named CEO Of Philo

Investors Give More Funds For Campus-Focused IP Video Firm
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Andrew McCollum, a member of the founding team at Facebook, has been appointed CEO of Philo, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup that has developed an IP-based multiscreen TV and network DVR platform for colleges and universities.

McCollum succeeds Christopher Thorpe, who will stay on to advise Philo on its content and distribution strategies.

Philo has also received a $2.5 million recommitment of members of its investment team, according to this SEC document filed on November 5. Philo, formerly known as Tivli, landed a $6.3 million “A” round last year led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from Felicis Ventures, Rho Ventures, HBO, Mark Cuban’s Radical Investments, WME, and CBC New Media Group. Other Philo investors include Xfund, Flybridge and TriplePoint Capital.

Prior to joining Philo, McCollum was an entrepreneur in residence at NEA, Philo’s primary investor, and was with Flybridge Partners, one of Philo’s seed investors. McCollum holds a  a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University, where Philo co-founders Tuan Ho and Nicholas Krasney got the project off the ground.

“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, in a statement. “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.”

As a founding member of Facebook, McCollum “has a deep understanding of Philo's audience — he will use that experience and insight to drive the success of the company," Chung added. 

“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,” McCollum added. “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.”

Philo’s platform, which shares similarities with Comcast’s recently launched Xfinity On Campus service and Cox Communications’ Campus Connect offering, is deployed on dozens of campuses across the country, including Harvard, Yale, University of Alabama, Sacramento State, Shippensburg University, and the University of Washington.

Philo delivers video securely over the campus’s managed IP network, supporting several platforms, including smartphones, tablets, Web browsers, and Roku boxes.  It also supports HBO GO, the premium programmer’s authenticated TV Everywhere product.

Last month, Philo announced a deal with Campus Televideo, a reseller of DirecTV services that works with more than 250 colleges and universities.