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Red Swoosh

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About Red Swoosh

Red Swoosh was a peer-to-peer content distribution company based in San Francisco, California. Red Swoosh was acquired in 2007 by Akamai for $15.25 million. Red Swoosh was a Peer to Peer networking client from Akamai Technologies that downloads and sideloads video multicasts from websites that support the Red Swoosh technology. The Red Swoosh peercasting tool is a browser extension caches data, reflecting and sharing files delivered through the "Swoosh network" or Distributed Network.

Headquarters Location

25 Stillman Avenue

San Francisco, California, 94107,

United States

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Latest Red Swoosh News

Why did file sharing drive so much startup innovation?

Jul 14, 2021

13.07.2021, 21:53, Odnoklassniki One of the great things about editing all of our deep-dive EC-1 startup profiles is that you start to notice patterns across successful companies. While origin stories and trajectories can vary widely, the best companies seem to come from similar places and are conceived around very peculiar themes. To wit, one common theme that came from our recent profiles of Expensify and NS1 is the centrality of file sharing (or, illegal file sharing if you are on that side of the fence) and internet infrastructure in the origin stories of the two companies. That’s peculiar, because the duo honestly couldn’t be more different. Expensify is an SF-founded (now Portland-based), decentralized startup focused on building expense reporting and analytics software for companies and CFOs . New York-based NS1 designs highly redundant DNS and internet traffic performance tools for web applications. To truly understand Expensify, you first need to take a close look at a unique, short-lived, P2P file-sharing company called Red Swoosh , which was Travis Kalanick’s startup before he founded Uber. Framed by Kalanick as his “revenge business” after his previous P2P startup Scour was sued into oblivion for copyright infringement, Red Swoosh would be the precursor for Expensify’s future culture and ethos. In fact, many of Expensify’s initial team actually met at Red Swoosh, which was eventually acquired by Akamai Technologies in 2007 for $18.7 million . [Expensify founder and CEO David] Barrett, a self-proclaimed alpha geek and lifelong software engineer, was actually Red Swoosh’s last engineering manager, hired after the failure of his first project, , a P2P push-to-talk program that couldn’t compete against Skype. “While I was licking my wounds from that experience, I was approached by Travis Kalanick who was running a startup called Red Swoosh,” he recalled in an interview. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Red Swoosh Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Red Swoosh founded?

    Red Swoosh was founded in 2001.

  • Where is Red Swoosh's headquarters?

    Red Swoosh's headquarters is located at 25 Stillman Avenue, San Francisco.

  • What is Red Swoosh's latest funding round?

    Red Swoosh's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • How much did Red Swoosh raise?

    Red Swoosh raised a total of $1.73M.

  • Who are the investors of Red Swoosh?

    Investors of Red Swoosh include Akamai, August Capital and Crosslink Capital.

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