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LinuxPlanet: Akamai CEO Swings His Elbows

Jan 11, 2000, 16:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin McCormick)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Among his words of advice: attack your competitors where they're strongest, as Microsoft did with Netscape or as Dell did with Compaq Computers. When a questioner who said he was taking his company public in a year asked for counsel, Conrades didn't let him finish the question: "Cut it in half. Work your ass off and go out in six months. Go as fast as you can and suck the oxygen from your competitors."

"Akamai (AH-kuh-my; the name is Hawaiian for "clever" or "cool") has been taking in oxygen at a furious rate since it burst onto the Internet scene a year ago. The company's game is simple: delivering the content of Net companies, everything from text to streaming video, more quickly and reliably."

"To do the job, the company has over 2,000 Linux-based servers set up across more than 100 telecommunications networks in 50 countries across the globe. Akamai can map the status of the Net within seconds at any given time, almost instantly determining the quickest route to deliver data from content provider to user."

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