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Remembering Danny Lewin on 9/11

By John Joyce on September 11, 2011 - Comments 0

Ten years ago today, I was getting ready to board a plane from Vancouver to Calgary when the first plane hit the world trade center in NYC.  After all flights in North America had been grounded, and I left the airport with my colleague, Matt McSweeney, we called Akamai headquarters to make sure all our co-workers were safe.  That’s when we learned that Akamai’s brilliant founder, Danny Lewin, was on flight 11.

Ironically, Danny’s theory of solving speed and reliability issues on the internet was proven by an event that also took his life. News outlets and government agencies scrambled to get their websites “Akamaized” to ensure they could handle the unprecedented amount traffic that was being driven by the events of 9/11.

Danny Lewin’s spirit and amazing energy live on at the billion dollar company he founded and there isn’t a terrorist anywhere in the world that can ever take that away.


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