A Hidden Goldmine Called Inktomi

The Web site supplier could be the Net's toll collector

Three years ago, it was a hard-knock world for Inktomi Corp. The startup set out with grand plans to become as important to the Internet as Microsoft Corp. was to the PC. But its beginnings were anything but regal. The company's six employees were crammed into a 1,200-square-foot office that they could only reach by stepping over homeless people congregating in front of the door. Their conference room was just big enough for a card table and four fold-up chairs--and its porthole-size window peeked out into an elevator shaft.

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