Akamai Technologies is a product of the 1990s technology revolution. Two MIT professsors founded the Cambridge company for an Internet cloud platform in 1998. Akamai is a Hawaiian word that means “smart, intelligent, clever and cool.” When so many businesses were coming onto the Internet scene during the dot com boom, it was in vogue to use Hawaiian words. The founders looked through a Hawaiian dictionary and found akamai. The founders and a marketing executive thought that those words were a good description of the people putting together this tech company, Akamai said.