Stein, 40, offers companies access to a superfast network that can transfer vast amounts of data, in real time, from 187 universities and research institutions.
"We found a unique asset called the National LambdaRail that was designed and built to move large files within the research community. Darkstrand bought half the capacity of this pipe to run real commercial data alongside R&D data. For example, we're working with a major insurance company to put weather patterns from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on top of its data mining to create a new actuary table for hurricane policies. The possibilities for innovation are endless if bandwidth isn't a constraint."
A version of this article appeared in the April 2010 issue of Fast Company magazine.