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Skype  Acquired by Microsoft (2011 $ 8,500,000,000 )

22/24 Boulevard Royal, 6e etage, L-2449
Luxembourg W1T 1AN
Website Company Summary Management Team

President/COO/Operations: Susan McMynn (04/30/2009)
General Management: Don Albert (07/31/2006) ; Edith Coenen (12/31/2008) ; Lars Rabbe (10/31/2009)
Finance: Laura Shesgreen
Technology: David Still (12/31/2010)
General Counsel/Legal: Robert Miller

Outside board: (May no longer be on the board) Egon Durban (Silver Lake Partners Managing Director)

Business description: Skype is a peer-to-peer Internet telephony service that is free for Skype-to-Skype calls. The service also allows Skype users to call mobiles and landlines, and vice-versa. Skype has special charge plans for non-Skype-to-Skype calls. Skype is expanding from its traditional computer-based calls to mobile applications. Skype was founded by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis who were also the founders of the file sharing application Kazaa and the peer-to-peer television application Joost. Skype is different than other VoIP services in that it uses a peer-to-peer model instead of a server-client model. Its main competitors include GizmoProject, PeerMe and Jajah.

Ownership: Acquired by Microsoft (2011 $ 8,500,000,000 )
VCs include: Silver Lake Partners Index Ventures a16z ;  Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board

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Record updated: Sep 2009
Sector: Internet
Year Founded: 2003
Ownership: Acquired by Microsoft (2011 $ 8,500,000,000 )