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Early Pioneer of Media Distribution via Cellphone to Multiple Platforms using “MyMedia,” Sanjoy Paul

Sanjoy Paul
Todd Treangen

In today’s digital age, social media platforms have become the most straightforward and targeted means of disseminating a wide array of information through engaging and less cumbersome strategies. What’s particularly remarkable are the responses from users, often achieved with minimal resources and within a matter of minutes, hours, or even just a day.

Before the advent of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, individuals relied on a mix of traditional and digital media for content distribution. This included traditional outlets such as newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, as well as digital channels like websites, blogs, and social media networks. Additionally, people utilized email, forums, and online groups to share content. Some even resorted to more inventive methods like creating their own websites or hosting podcasts. During this era, a common challenge in media distribution was the absence of a streamlined and user-friendly process for transferring content between various devices. This hurdle often arose due to differences in operating systems, varying file formats, or device compatibility issues. Furthermore, individuals contended with complex copyright and licensing concerns when sharing content across multiple platforms.

In an effort to simplify the process of sharing media content across various platforms and devices, an individual named Sanjoy Paul introduced the concept of MyMedia in 2009. Initially employed as a prototype service within Infosys, MyMedia is described as a Virtual Personal Multimedia Library in the book “Digital Video Distribution in Broadband, Television, Mobile and Converged Networks,” published by John Wiley and Sons in 2011.

MyMedia was a pioneering media distribution platform that predated Instagram, allowing users to seamlessly share digital content across multiple devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and televisions. It provided a convenient means of swiftly uploading and sharing content with friends and family across various social media platforms, including Facebook and others.

Sanjoy Paul holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT Kharagpur in India, an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Member, boasting over 30 years of expertise in technology, with a particular focus on end-to-end protocol design and analysis, mobile wireless networking, quality of service, multicast design and analysis, content distribution, media streaming, intelligent caching, and secure commerce. He has contributed to publications like the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, served as a guest editor for the IEEE Network Special Issue on Multicasting, and played key roles in numerous IEEE and ACM conferences.

Sanjoy embarked on his professional journey in 1992, joining AT&T Bell Labs Research (Area 11), where he eventually attained the rank of Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1996. During his time at Bell Labs, he conducted pioneering work on Reliable Multicast, which led to the establishment of E-cast, one of the earliest ventures supported by Lucent Ventures. He also served as the chief architect for Lucent’s IPWorX caching and content distribution product line. Subsequently, Sanjoy took on the role of CTO at Edgix, an internet startup backed by prominent venture capital firms, where he contributed to the delivery of popular content to Latin America and Europe via satellite transmission and local caching, enhancing user experience and reducing operational costs for ISPs. In 2001, he returned to Bell Labs, directing R&D for the Wireless Networking Lab, where he played a pivotal role in the development of the Wireless Edge Router, a concept that has since become the standard in 3GPP for 4G wireless networks and beyond.

In the later stages of his career, Sanjoy transitioned into information technology and business consulting. He held positions at Infosys as an AVP and General Manager, overseeing the Convergence Lab and R&D for the Communications, Media, and Entertainment business unit, and played a pivotal role in developing MyMedia, a precursor to Instagram. His invention, MyMedia, played a pivotal role in streamlining the distribution of videos and photos across not only cellphones and social networks but also televisions.

To further assist the younger generation in mastering the art of media distribution, Sanjoy authored the book “Digital Video Distribution in Broadband, Television, Mobile and Converged Networks: Trends, Challenges, and Solutions” in 2011. This comprehensive book explores the evolution of digital media distribution and how to leverage it for broad audience reach. It delves into the trends in digital media distribution, spanning broadband, television, mobile, and converged networks, while providing solutions for creating and delivering digital content. The book also addresses the challenges and opportunities associated with utilizing various digital distribution platforms and offers insights into maximizing the potential of digital content.

With an impressive array of inventions to his name, Sanjoy Paul has accumulated a substantial portfolio of patents, including “Method For Streaming Multimedia Information Over Public Networks” (U.S. Patent Number 6708213, March 16, 2004), “Method of Multicasting” (U.S. Patent 5905871, May 18, 1999), “Secure online distributed data storage services” (U.S. Patent 9483657. Issued: November 1, 2016), among many others.

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