An opportunity to meet the genius who transformed the internet experience: Dr. Tom Leighton


This announcement is sponsored by Akamai

A young professor at one of the world’s finest universities teamed up with a research graduate to take up a challenge from Tim Berners Lee - the inventor of WWW - to solve the issue of internet traffic congestion. They developed the mathematical algorithms necessary to intelligently route and replicate content over a large network of distributed servers, technology that would ultimately solve what was becoming a frustrating problem for Internet users. They later began exploring the possible commercial use of their technology, and entered an entrepreneurship competition with a prize worth $50,000. Their business plan was selected as one of six finalists from among 100 entries. This distinction indicated that internet content delivery had a serious market potential. They founded a company in 1998, which was among the most-watched startups of the early 2000s. Today, the same company is responsible for serving between 15 to 30 percent of all web traffic.

This is the story of Dr. Tom Leighton, the present CEO of Akamai Technologies. One of the world's eminent authorities on algorithms for network applications, Dr. Leighton has been a professor of repute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught Applied Mathematics. While he co-founded Akamai, he didn’t become a CEO right away. For 14 years, he was Akamai’s Chief Scientist before taking on the CEO’s role in 2013.

Dr. Leighton is Akamai's technology visionary and leads the senior management team in setting the company's strategic direction, while engaging directly with customers and partners from around the globe. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

He and his company have played a key role in enabling us to use the internet as we know it today– from live-streaming the most happening moments of the day, watching a high-definition movie, or downloading a favourite song in a matter of few blinks. If the internet is fast, secure and reliable – we need to thank this visionary’s company.

What If we told you that you had the opportunity to learn from him in person how to build a billion-dollar startup. You wouldn’t want to miss it, right? This is your chance to hear from the man himself. Dr Leighton is visiting India soon to interact with startups and share his story, learnings and advice.

Block your calendar for the YourStory-Akamai meetup to be held on August 19, 2016 in Bangalore. At the event, not only will you get to meet Dr. Leighton, you can also interact with industry and academic luminaries such as IIIT-Bangalore Director Prof. Sadagopan. A high-impact panel discussion will help you learn more about how you can lay a strong foundation for your startup and build a business from scratch.

Register now, and benefit from the conversations, discussions and networking at the exciting event.

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Date: August 19, 2016

Venue: Akamai Technologies, Survey No. 80/1 7th Floor Old Cafeteria, ‘A’ Wing, Salarpuria Softzone, Outer Ring Road, Bellandur (Map Link)

(This is an invitation-only event. Participants who have registered will be sent a separate invite over email. Do keep a close watch on your inbox.)


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