CSAIL Spin-Offs

CSAIL has been an engine of innovation since the founding of its predecessor, Project MAC, in 1963. Its researchers and students – who have brought the world time-shared computing, public key encryption, and the World Wide Web – have spawned over 100 companies, including Akamai, Dropbox, iRobot, OKCupid, Rethink Robotics, RSA.
 
A sample of CSAIL spin-offs can be found below. This list is being continuously updated.
 
3Com Corp. founded 1979 (acquired by HP, 2010)

Akamai founded 1998
Apollo Computer, Inc. founded 1980 (acquired by HP, 1989)

ArsDigita, LLC founded 1994
Ascent Technology founded 1986
Bachman Information Systems founded 1986
Barrett Technology founded 1988

Bluespec founded 2003

Boston Dynamics founded 1992

Clearview Technologies founded 1998

Cilk Arts founded 2006 (acquired by Intel, 2009)
Cirrus Logic founded 1984
Cognex founded 1981
Computational Biology Corporation (acquired by Agilent Technologies, 2005)
Computek, Inc. founded 1968
Computer Displays, Inc. founded 1968
Concentra Corporation founded 1984
CoreStreet founded 2002 (acquired by ActivIdentity, 2009)
Curl Corporation founded 1998
Datagroup, Inc. founded 1969
Determina founded 2003 (acquired by VMware, 2007)
Dropbox founded 2007
ExoTech founded 1998
FTP Software, Inc. founded 1986
GelSight founded 2011
Gensym Corp. founded 1986
Goby founded 2008 (acquired by TeleNav, 2011)
Hammer & Co. founded 1982
iGem Foundation founded 2003
Inbox founded 2014
Infocom, Inc. founded 1979
InScribe, Inc. founded 1984
Integrity-Certification, Inc. founded 1998
Interleaf, Inc., founded 1980
iPhrase Technologies founded 2000 (acquired by IBM, 2005)
iRobot Corporation founded 1990
Isonics Corporation founded 1988
ITA Software founded 1995 (acquired by Google, 2011)
LMI founded 1980
Locu founded 2011 (acquired by GoDaddy, 2013)
Logo Computer Systems, Inc. founded 1982
Lotus Development Corporation founded 1982 (acquired by IBM, 1995)
Macsyma founded 1982
Mazu Networks founded 2000 (acquired by Riverbed Technology, 2009)
Meka Robotics founded 2006
Meraki founded 2006 (acquired by Cisco, 2012)
Mitrol founded 1973
MicroDisplay Corporation founded 1995
Naughty Dog, Inc. founded 1986 (acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment, 2001)
nFX Interactive founded 1993
OkCupid founded 2004
Open Market founded 1993 (acquired by FatWire)
Palladian Software founded 1984
PalmCentral.com founded 1997 (now Handango)
Panjiva founded 2006
Paradigm4 founded 2009
Patil Systems, Inc. founded 1981
Peppercoin founded 2001(acquired by Chockstone, 2007)
Prime Computer, Inc. founded 1972
Redigi founded 2011
Rethink Robotics founded 2008 (formerly Heartland Robotics)
RSA Data Security founded 1983 (acquired by EMC, 2006)
Sandburst founded 2000 (acquired by Broadcom, 2006)
Scalable Display founded 2004
SightPath founded 1998 (acquired by Cisco, 2000)
Silicon Spice founded 1997 (acquired by Broadcom, 2000)
SofTech, Inc. founded 1969
Software Arts, Inc. founded 1979
Speechworks founded 1994 (acquired by Nuance, 2003)
Stellar Computer, Inc. founded 1985
StreamBase founded 2003
Stuffit Deluxe (Aladdin Systems) founded 1987
Symbolics, Inc. founded 1980
System Concepts, Inc. founded 1968
Terrapin Software, Inc. founded 1972
Thinking Machines Corp. founded 1983
Tilera founded 2004
Universal Access founded 1997
Vanu, Inc. founded 1998
Vertica founded 2005 (acquired by HP, 2011)
Virtual Machine Works, Inc. founded 1994 (acquired by Mentor Graphics, 1996)
Visicorp founded 1981
W3 Health founded 1997
The X Window System founded 1984