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Subject: Re: What about the Akami Buyout? Date: 4/6/2000 11:51 AM
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I was disappointed after reading through the merger prospectus that Gruber and 2 other top management guys would resign upon completion of the merger. InterVu seems like a better company than Akamai, though I certainly can't offer anything close to an expert opinion on that.

My impression is that InterVu has a longer & better financial history, Akamai has no (ZERO) patents for their technology, which they license from MIT, and InterVu shareholders aren't being offered a substantial premium on their shares (in my uneducated opinion) despite the "fairness" opinion put out by Prudential. Akamai does have an impressive list of customers, but also strong competition. If anyone can add to what I've said, or understands this better, please post!

Out of my portfolio, ITVU is the one I've held the longest (besides AMGN, but I used to work there), and seen the most growth in stock price (in at 10.375). I have considered myself LTBH in regard to this stock, but when some of the top management, including the CEO, bails out (some will stay on as consultants for several months), I have to re-assess.

Right now I plan to hold on until I can get a better sense of how Akamai may perform, and/or the stock price goes up again (not very LTBH anymore!). I hope that doesn't offend anyone, though this board seems to have evaporated, even before the merger announcement.

Any thought?
5thbeatle

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