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The man who was at the wheel through those giddy beginnings, the spectacular bust, and the painful but solid recovery that transformed Akamai into a billion-dollar company, is George Conrades, ’71 (XP-28). Akamai is the stunning capper to the enviable 53-year career of a man who reveled in the thrill ride of technology, from early mainframes through internet start-ups to billion-dollar success. Conrades, who started out as an enthusiastic salesman at IBM in love with technology, synopsizes the entire journey in one sentence: “I’m fortunate to have lived in the world of the next big thing.”