Ashwin Navin

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Ashwin Navin
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Known forFormer President and Co-Founder of BitTorrent, Inc.

Ashwin Navin is an Indian-American entrepreneur, who is the CEO and co-founder of Samba TV, a data and analytics service that measures television viewership using data from Internet-connected devices and set-top boxes. The company has been compared to more traditional TV measurement firms like Nielsen which rely on the people meter to gather viewership data.[1] [2]

Prior to Samba TV, Navin was the president and co-founder of BitTorrent, Inc. He joined Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent, in 2004 and reportedly handled business and company-related matters while Cohen focused on engineering and product development. According to a post on his blog, Navin has resigned from BitTorrent in order to focus on his new venture Samba TV, and his new venture capital fund i/o Ventures.[3]

Navin reportedly evaluated Cohen's invention for Yahoo! in 2004. Although it was a notable development for the Internet, BitTorrent was widely considered to be the bane of the film industry, because it made the cost of transferring large files, including unlicensed film copies, negligible to the end user.

Early career[edit]

Navin is a 1999 graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a dual B.A. in Government and Economics. Before BitTorrent, he was employed at Yahoo! from 2002 to 2004 in its Corporate Development group which handled corporate strategy and acquisitions. Before Yahoo!, Navin worked on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch both as an investment banker and research analyst.[4]

In 2000, Navin helped start a technology-based financial services company called Epoch Partners. Epoch was essentially the investment banking arm of several online stock brokerages including Charles Schwab, Ameritrade, and TD Waterhouse. Epoch Partners was eventually acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2001.[4]

Commercializing BitTorrent[edit]

Ashwin Navin in 2007

Cohen entrusted Navin with the responsibility of crafting a business model for BitTorrent with hopes of bringing BitTorrent out of the fringes and into the mainstream. Navin has assumed the public face of the company as an evangelist for its commercial viability. In 2007, Navin launched 3 commercial products: the BitTorrent Entertainment Network in February, the BitTorrent SDK in June, and BitTorrent DNA in October. As the foundation for these products, in 2006 Navin acquired uTorrent[5] which is the largest Torrent client in the world, outside China.[6][7]

To catalyze BitTorrent's commercialization, Navin began by engaging movie industry executives directly. Although predicted by many to be highly unlikely, BitTorrent has struck relationships with many major media companies including Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, MTV, Lionsgate, Kadokawa Pictures, and some others.[8][9]

Beyond copyright issues, BitTorrent also faced struggles with Cable companies and ISPs which were overwhelmed with high volumes of P2P traffic on their networks. In the wake of FCC hearings that pitted Comcast and BitTorrent against each other for traffic management policies that inhibited P2P file transfers, Navin was responsible for striking a deal with Comcast that resolved the companies' differences and defused a contested issue in the Network Neutrality debate.[10]


  1. ^ "Samba TV Takes on Nielsen With Promise of Real-Time Trend Ratings". TheWrap. 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ "MarTech Interview with Ashwin Navin, CEO and Co-Founder, Samba TV". MarTech. 20 April 2019.
  3. ^ Leadership, Senate Democratic. "Inside i/o Ventures: Tour The Central Perk For Code (TCTV)". TechCrunch.
  4. ^ a b "Ashwin Navin | VMA Media".
  5. ^ Schofield, Jack (8 December 2006). "BitTorrent buys uTorrent". Guardian technology blog. The Guardian. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  6. ^ Andre Yoskowitz (15 August 2009). "uTorrent remains top BitTorrent client". AfterDawn. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Ernesto (December 4, 2009). "Thunder Blasts uTorrent's Market Share Away". TorrentFreak. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "About Us - Partners - BitTorrent". 24 November 2007. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "Today @ PC World BitTorrent Cuts Movie Deals". 22 May 2007. Archived from the original on 22 May 2007.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "Comcast's P2P Conversion: I'll Believe It When I See Results - BusinessWeek". 16 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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