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TECH-SAVVY Oak Ridge graduate Feross Aboukhadijeh, pictured on the Stanford campus, is assisting Yahoo after its purchase of PeerCDN. Courtesy photo

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From page A9 | January 22, 2014 |

PALO ALTO — Feross Aboukhadijeh, a 2008 Oak Ridge graduate and class valedictorian, is making it big in the tech world. Just recently, Aboukhadijeh’s startup PeerCDN, a company he formed with John Hiesey and Abi Raja, was acquired by internet giant Yahoo.

PeerCDN, short for “peer-to-peer content delivery network”, helps to deliver streaming web videos like those on Netflix and YouTube, cheaply and quickly. The technology helps websites to 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, formed in 2013, was bought by Yahoo for an undisclosed amount. Feross, Hiesey and Raja 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,’” says his father Hassan Aboukhadijeh, an electrical engineer. “And, it looks like his dream has come true.”

In 2010, he achieved international notoriety for building a website called YouTube Instant, that helped people search YouTube quickly, a site that received one million visitors in its first 10 days.

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 the Mountain Democrat.

Feross has also been interviewed by multiple TV and radio media, including NBC.

At Oak Ridge, Feross was a member of the 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.

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