Obligatory marketing copy: Linode was launched in June of 2003 by founder Christopher S. Aker. Initial development took about 6 months. Linode was ahead of its time and helped define the cloud hosting industry, and continues to be a leader in virtualization hosting.
Check out the (open source) work we're doing on the replacement for our classic frontend  and get a glimpse at the work we're doing on spicing up our API . Contact info is in my profile if you'd like to chat!