Inktomi Corporation

Inktomi Corporation

Brief Description

Inktomi's core technology was born out of US DARPA funded research on massively paralleled systems.  The company's original focus was on large scale Internet search, providing private-labeled search services to some of the world's best known search engines including Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL, and others.  Inktomi later introduced high-end network cacheing software, sold primarily to telecom and internet service providers, to dramatically improve the performance of web-based network traffic. 

The company was co-founded by UC Berkeley Computer Science Professor Eric Brewer and his PhD student Paul Gauthier.

Inktomi Corp. was acquired by Yahoo! for $235 million in 2003.


  • 1996. Company founded.
  • 2003. Yahoo! acquires Inktomi Corp.


Eric A. Brewer, Paul Gauthier