Akamai is not only one of the pillar companies in the Boston tech scene, but it is also one of the most prominent companies to come out of the MIT ecosystem.
Akamai was founded in 1998 by MIT graduate student Daniel Lewin and MIT applied mathematics professor Tom Leighton. The company started to gain momentum by entering the MIT $50K competition (now $100K), where they were one of the finalists. A little more than a year later, Akamai went public and its stock saw a first-day bump of 458%.
Akamai faced tragedy as Lewin died during the September 11th attacks. Lewin is remembered as a pioneer during the early days of the Internet.
Today, this anchor company has a market cap of almost $12B and has been very active in terms of making acquisitions throughout the years.
It comes as no surprise that several of their alumni have gone on to start other companies or are part of the leadership team at other major tech companies. Below is a slideshow with many of them.