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Acquired byMicrosoft
Price$8.5B
Date5/2011
TermsCash
Acquired byeBay
Price$2.6B
Date9/2005

General Information

Websiteskype.com
Blogblogs.skype.com
Twitter@skype
CategorySoftware
Phone94117733
Employees
Founded8/2003
DescriptionVoIP Software

Offices

Global HQ
23-29 Rives de Clausen
Luxembourg City, L-2165, LUX
US office
3210 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA, 94304
USA
London Office
2 Stephen Street
London, W1T 1AN, GBR

People

CEO
Vice President of Finance
VP, GM Products & Marketing
Vice President of Advertising and Monetization
Vice President, Product Management & Design
Board of Director
Board Member
Advisor
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Acquisitions

Total$150M
GroupMe, 8/2011
Qik, 1/2011 $150M

Investments

Rdio 10/2009
TrialPay 2/2007
Fon 2/2006

Funding

TOTAL $26.8M
FUNDING TOTAL $26.8M
Angel, 1/2002
Draper Richards
$250k
Series A, 8/2003
Bessemer Venture Partners
Series B, 3/2004
Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
Index Ventures
$18.8M
Venture Round, 4/2010
$7.76M
DEBT TOTAL $50M
Debt, 11/2009
eBay
Andreessen Horowitz
Silver Lake Partners
$50M

Competitors

Service Providers

Digital Acquisition

Tags

Skype

Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype was founded by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis who were also the founders of the file sharing application Kazaa.

Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing. Skype has 663 million registered users as of 2010.

Unlike other VoIP services, Skype is a peer-to-peer system rather than a client-server system, and makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software; the original name proposed “Sky peer-to-peer” reflects this.

Some network administrators have banned Skype on corporate, government, home, and education networks, citing reasons such as inappropriate usage of resources, excessive bandwidth usage, and security concerns.

On 10 May 2011, Microsoft Corporation agreed to acquire Skype Communications, US$8.5 billion. The company is to be incorporated as a division of Microsoft, and Microsoft will acquire all of the company’s technologies, including Skype, with the purchase.

Recent Milestones

Videos

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Added: 3/25/14

Screenshots

Skype screenshot
Above: Skype Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 6/28/12

Products

Skype
Skype Mobile
Skype Online Numbers (formerly SkypeIn)
Skype Voicemail
SkypeOut

Traffic Analytics

Quantcast

Livegraph

Compete

Skype

Sources

  1. EBay Buys Skype for $2.6 Billion (pcworld.com) [edit]
  2. What Skype Really Paid For GroupMe (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. CONFIRMED: Skype To Acquire Qik For $150 Million (businessinsider.com) [edit]
  4. Skype Founders Take A Break From Starting Lawsuits To Start Music Company (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  5. TrialPay Backed By Investors of Skype, Google, and Akamai For Payment Platform (thealarmclock.com) [edit]
  6. LightReading (lightreading.com) [edit]
  7. efinancialnews.com [edit]
  8. vcgate.com [edit]
  9. prnewswire.co.uk [edit]
  10. eBay Completes Skype Sale at $2.75 Billion Valuation (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  11. SEC (sec.gov) [edit]
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    Ebay Investor relations (investor.ebay.com) [edit]
    Skype opens up to corporate SIP communications (about.skype.com) [edit]
    Skype Hits 521 Million Users And $185 Million In Quarterly Revenue (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    Breaking: eBay Completes Skype Sale At $2.75 Billion Valuation (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    Skype says new CEO, shaky market will delay its IPO until at least July (venturebeat.com) [edit]
    Skype Revenue Up 20 Percent To $860M In 2010; Paid Users Up 19 Percent (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    Skype reverse-engineered by Russian geek (ewdn.com) [edit]
    Facebook Launches Skype-Powered Video Calling (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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