Saturday, August 20, 2011

Interview with Akamai Founder Tom Leighton

My IBC (9/11 issue) column will be out next month based on my conversation with Akamai Chief Scientist and co-Founder Tom Leighton. The working title is “A View from the Edge: Akamai’s Chief Sherpa Speaks”. The epigrams give it away: 

"Well, we knocked the bastard off !"
       -- Sir Edmund Hillary, on first climbing Mount Everest

“If you want to get at scale, high-quality and -bandwidth videos, the only way you can do it is with an edge delivery.”
        -- Tom Leighton, Akamai Chief Scientist and co-Founder

 Tom Leighton, Akamai Chief Scientist, co-Founder, MIT Professor

Interview excerpt, click here for audio

Special thanks to my colleague Jon Haass, Tom's MIT classmate, for the interview concept and introduction.