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Red Swoosh
IndustryPeer-to-peer file sharing
Founded2001; 21 years ago (2001)
DefunctApril 12, 2007 (2007-04-12)
FateAcquired by Akamai Technologies

Red Swoosh was a peer-to-peer file sharing company founded by Travis Kalanick and Michael Todd in 2001 and acquired by Akamai Technologies in 2007. The Red Swoosh technology included a centralized directory that indexed online clients and caches. The software downloads and sideloads video multicasts from websites that support the Red Swoosh technology. The Red Swoosh peercasting tool is a browser extension that caches data, reflecting and sharing files delivered through the "Swoosh network" or Distributed Network.

Red Swoosh utilizes a proprietary, peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution protocol designed for bandwidth efficiency in the transfer of large media files.

The company offers a software development kit (SDK) for third-party development. This includes support for predelivery, RSS feeds, web widgets, and JavaScript applications. There is also a forum and a wiki available for the developer community.


On April 12, 2007, Red Swoosh was acquired in an all-stock transaction by Akamai Technologies. The acquisition was valued at approximately $19 million (not including earn-outs).[1] [2][3]

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