Damian Reeves and Adam Twiss developed their first web server in their undergraduate digs at Cambridge University, and founded Zeus after graduating in 1995. The Cambridge company’s web server software is designed to run websites faster, more reliably and more securely. It is used by the British security services at GCHQ, as well as by eBay and Comic Relief.
Zeus has raised more than £10m of venture-capital funding since its inception. Despite strong competition from Apache, Microsoft and Sun, the company’s sales have risen 103% a year from £383,000 in 1999 to £1.6m in 2001, when it reported a significant loss.
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