A fascinating bit of reporting from the Wall Street Journal confirms some things that many in the communications industry already knew and some things we didn’t.
- eBay doesn’t get Skype – this is as obvious as it gets.
- The current Skype Management and investors don’t want to deal with Niklas Zennstrom or Janus Friis
- Mike Volpi, past Joost CEO wanted to change Skype’s underlying technology to SIP – knowing this would upset Skype’s founders Zennstrom and Friis – Coincidentally about five years ago at ITEXPO Niklas Zennstrom was giving a keynote and at the end of the presentation Andy Voss, founder of Session Border Conrol company Sansay asked why Skype doesn’t support SIP. Zennstrom replied accurately that there are far more Skype endpoints than SIP endpoints.
What amazes me the most about this situation is that to all the people who understand Skype, there is a tremendous amount of value in the company and it is worth fighting over tooth and nail. To those who don’t understand it – eBay for example, there is limited value.
This story keeps getting more interesting.