Status
Acquired by Microsoft on May 10, 2011
Funding Received
$76.8 Million in 5 Rounds from 8 Investors
Founded:
August, 2003
Headquarters:
Luxembourg City
Description:
Skype provides a software and mobile application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chat over the internet.
Founders:
Janus Friis, Niklas Zennström
Categories:
Messaging, VoIP, Mobile, Software
Website:
http://www.skype.com

Detailed Description

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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.

Current Team (19)

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Past Team (75)

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Funding Rounds (5) - $76.8M

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Investments (3)

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Board Members and Advisors (3)

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Products (5)

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    Skype Mobile

    Skype Mobile allows users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls using their mobiles. All they have to...
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    Skype Voicemail

    Skype Voicemail is a fantastic service that allows callers to leave you voice messages when...
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    Skype Online Numbers (formerly SkypeIn)

    Online Numbers provide Skype users with a phone number so non-Skype users can call them using...
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    SkypeOut

    SkypeOut is a service that allows you to call mobiles and landlines from your Skype account using...
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    Skype

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Acquisitions (2)

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Investors (8)

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    eBay

    eBay is an online auction and eCommerce marketplace where people and businesses buy and sell a...
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    Silver Lake Partners

    Silver Lake is a private investment firm focused solely on making large-scale investments in...
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    Andreessen Horowitz

    Andreessen Horowitz is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm with $2.7 billion under...
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    Mangrove Capital Partners

    Mangrove Capital Partners provides venture capital with a punch to entrepreneurs looking to build...
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    Index Ventures

    Index Ventures is a multi-stage international venture capital firm with deep sector expertise...
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    Bessemer Venture Partners

    Bessemer Venture Partners has over 100 years of investing experience, with a portfolio ranging...
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    Draper Richards

    Draper Richards is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology companies.

Offices/Locations (3)

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  • London Office

    2 Stephen Street

    London, W1T 1AN

    GBR

  • US office

    3210 Porter Drive

    Palo Alto, CA 94304

    USA

  • Global HQ

    23-29 Rives de Clausen

    Luxembourg City, L-2165

    LUX

Competitors (27)

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    VoxOx mixes VOIP with social networking and instant messaging to create a powerful suite of...
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    Teleo

    White label VoIP service
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    Goober Networks

    Goober Networks offers an instant messaging client for Windows (and soon Mac, Linux and celular...
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    Hall

    Hall is a communication application for enterprises that includes group-chat, file sharing, and...
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    eBuddy

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Customers (1)

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    Ouyeaa

    Ouyeaa is a web-search platform for booking leisure activities and bachelor parties.

Images (1)

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