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Inktomi’s History
– Inktomi was founded in January 1996 by Eric Brewer and Paul Gauthier at the University of California, Berkeley.
– The company was initially based on the web search engine developed at the university.
– HotBot was the first search engine to use Inktomi’s search technology.
– In June 1998, Inktomi raised $36 million in an initial public offering.
– Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Disney partnered with Inktomi due to the success of HotBot.

Acquisitions and Expansions (1998-1999)
– In September 1998, Inktomi acquired C2B Technologies for $95 million in stock, adding shopping engine technology to its portfolio.
– The company raised additional capital in November 1998 at a 688% premium to its IPO price.
– In April 1999, Inktomi acquired Impulse Buy Network, adding 400 merchants to its shopping engine.
– In November 1999, Inktomi acquired Webspective, a company that developed technology for content management across distributed servers.
– Inktomi received revenue based on a percentage of sales and/or a pay-per-click model.

Expansion in the 21st Century
– In March 2000, Inktomi’s stock peaked at $241 per share.
– In August 2000, Inktomi acquired Ultraseek Server from The Walt Disney Company’s
– In September 2000, Inktomi acquired FastForward Networks, which developed software for the distribution of live streaming media.
– In December 2000, Inktomi acquired the Content Bridge Business Unit from Adero, a content delivery network.
– In July 2001, Inktomi acquired eScene Networks, a company that developed software for video content management and publishing.

Acquisition by Yahoo!
– In 2002, Inktomi was restructured by Keyur Patel, resulting in the sale of the Ultraseek Server product to Verity.
– In March 2003, Yahoo! acquired the remaining assets of Inktomi for $241 million.
– In 2006, Websense acquired the technology behind Inktomi Proxy Server.
– In 2009, Yahoo! donated the Traffic Server technology to the Apache Software Foundation.

Miscellaneous Facts
– Inktomi Corporation was formed by UC Berkeley scientists to bring parallel processing power to commercial internet applications.
– Inktomi CEO looked to sell arms to a range of ISPs and portal sites.
– Inktomi accidentally allowed the public to access its database of spam websites.
Yahoo! completed the acquisition of Inktomi in May 2003.

Inktomi (Wikipedia)

Inktomi Corporation was a company that provided software for Internet service providers (ISPs). It was incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Foster City, California, United States. Customers included Microsoft, HotBot,, eBay, and Walmart.

Inktomi Corporation
FoundedJanuary 1996; 28 years ago (1996-01)
FounderEric Brewer
Paul Gauthier
FateAcquired by Yahoo!
HeadquartersFoster City, California
Key people
David C. Peterschmidt
(Chairman & CEO)
RevenueDecrease $112 million (2002)
Decrease -$500 million (2002)
Total assetsDecrease $145 million (2002)
Total equityDecrease $46 million (2002)
Number of employees
200 (November 2002)
Footnotes / references

The company developed Traffic Server, a proxy server web cache for World Wide Web traffic and on-demand streaming media which transcoded images down to a smaller size for users of dial-up Internet access. Traffic Server was deployed by several large ISPs including AOL.

In 2003, after the bursting of the dot-com bubble, the company was acquired by Yahoo! for $241 million.

The company's name, pronounced "INK-tuh-me", was derived from a Lakota legend about the trickster spider Iktomi, known for his ability to outsmart larger adversaries. The tri-color nested cube logo was created by Tom Lamar in 1996.

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