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The Founding and Building of Akamai Technologies

From MIT start-up to $1billion company. Join us at Akamai's corporate headquarters for a fun and interactive session with co-founder Dr. Tom Leighton. The evening wil include a tour of the Akamai NOCC.

Description:  Akamai Technologies provides market-leading, cloud-based services for optimizing Web and mobile content and applications, online HD video, and secure e-commerce.  If you use the Internet for anything - to download music or software, check the headlines, book a flight - you've probably used Akamai's services without even knowing it.


In the fall of 1997, MIT Professor of Applied Mathematics Dr. Tom Leighton, MIT graduate student Danny Lewin and Sloan MBA student Preetish Nijawan entered the esteemed annual MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition with a proposal that would eventually change the way much of the Internet works. The company's business proposition was selected as one of six finalists among 100 entries. The team grew and shifted and incorporated as Akamai Technologies in 1998. In the subsequent years the company struggled, grew, faced technical and economic challenges and has become an established global technology leader and billion dollar business.

Join us at Akamai’s Corporate Headquarters for a fun and interactive discussion with Dr. Leighton where he will discuss the early years and the challenges of growing from concept to $1 billion. The evening will begin with a tour of Akamai’s Network Operations Control Center (NOCC).


Place:  Akamai Technologies Corporate Headquarters, 8 Cambridge Center, Cambridge


Time: 6:30 PM 

Price:  MIT SACB members $20
          Current MIT students $10
          General registration $45
          Walk-in fee additional $10

Sponsoring organization:  MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston

Contact:  Joanna Eldridge by email or cell at 781-956-2099

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