Investments

PILOT made an early-stage investment in Antenna, a startup technology company that elevates online engagement by allowing users to react and interact with digital media. Antenna provides a means for media companies and retailers to determine what online content is resonating with audiences by enabling users to quickly and easily react to various forms of mobile and web content, including video, images and text.

PILOT funded the development of the Application Program Interface (API) that enables apps to “talk to” and control the FM chip that is already available in virtually every smart phone. This work has helped to lay the foundation for the highly successful NextRadio service which is now being supported by three of the major U.S. cellular carriers (Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile).

Haystack

PILOT has invested in Haystack TV, a California-based startup that aggregates content from a variety of sources for a continuous stream of tailored news. The videos can be viewed on mobile devices, as well as on connected TVs. NAB’s CTO, Sam Matheny, is an advisor to Haystack TV.

Syncbak

PILOT made a strategic investment in Syncbak, an over-the-top (OTT) media technology company serving the U.S. broadcast industry. Its technologies are used by TV networks and television stations to distribute live content to mobile devices. Syncbak is a privately held company founded in 2009 by broadcast media entrepreneur Jack Perry.

VoxFrontera

PILOT invested in VoxFrontera and supported development work in speech recognition technology. The goal of this research for broadcast applications is to enable automatic captioning and obscenity filtering.

Yet Analytics

PILOT invested in Yet Analytics, a Baltimore-based startup that leverages open source technologies using methods originally developed within the U.S. Department of Defense. Yet Analytics provides cutting-edge platforms for the multi-source collection and analysis of human and machine performance data within Fortune 500 companies and other large organizations.

Partnerships

1776 Where Revolutions Begin

PILOT is a silver level corporate partner with 1776, a Washington, D.C.-based startup hub that provides resources and networking connections for startups within regulated industries. With this partnership, PILOT engages with early-stage startup companies pursuing innovations in areas important to local communities and media companies.

Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

PILOT is a member of The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Dingman Center helps the investing community reach out to regional start-up companies seeking early-stage funding. It also provides workshops, seminars and training programs for the regional entrepreneurial community. The Dingman Center is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

PILOT is a member of the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS), a global, virtual research center located in NC State University’s Poole College of Management. It is the only industry/university cooperative research program, focused on how to manage innovation and is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment among scholars, researchers, and business executives.