Oak Ridge alum’s company acquired Yahoo
2008 Oak Ridge valedictorian Feross Aboukhadijeh started a technology company called PeerCDN in March 2013, which was just acquired by the Internet giant Yahoo.
Aboukhadijeh was a member of Oak Ridge’s cross-country, track and basketball teams, and he represented Oak Ridge twice at the California Cross Country State Championships. He attended Stanford University where he studied computer science and graduated in 2012.
PeerCDN, short for “peer-to-peer content delivery network,” helps to cheaply and quickly deliver streaming web videos, like those on Netflix and YouTube. The technology helps websites reduce costs and improve performance. PeerCDN serves a site’s videos over a peer-to-peer network made up of the visitors currently on the site, reducing the strain on web servers and saving companies a lot of money.
The company was bought by Yahoo for an undisclosed amount. Aboukhadijeh and his two co-founders have joined Yahoo’s video team. The acquisition was announced via a blog post on the company’s website, and later confirmed by Yahoo.
“As a kid, Feross used to say, ‘I want to create something that is the next Google, something so awesome that everyone is going to use it,’” said his father Hassan Aboukhadijeh, an electrical engineer. “And, it looks like his dream has come true.”
In 2010, Feross achieved international notoriety for building a website called YouTube Instant that helped people search YouTube quickly. Feross built the site in just three hours on a bet with a friend. It immediately went viral and the site, as well as Feross, was featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Herald of Australia, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, hundreds of tech news websites and even Village Life. Feross has also been interviewed by multiple TV and radio media, including NBC. YouTube Instant received one million visitors in the first 10 days.