Oh I'm glad eBay won't own Stumble Upon any more. Like many others I'm sure I left Stumble Upon when it was announced.
eBay has sold web bookmarking site StumbleUpon back to its founders, and could do the same with Skype, according to reports. The online tat bazaar swallowed StumbleUpon for $75m in 2007 in an apparently aimless fit of web 2.0 envy. It's now back in the hand of founders Garrett Camp and Geoff Smith, backed by venture capital. …
They sold Skype to ebay for $2.6 billion.
Now they're going to buy it back for less than $2.6 billion.
But they have to go to private equity to get the money.
So what did they do with the $2.6 billion? Did they spend it? Did they "invest" it with Bernie Madoff?
They never got it all, simple as that.
I have no doubt that there were other people involved in the owning of Skype before ebay came along.
If the founders managed to keep 51% control, then that's $1.3B in their bank.
It's likely the people who originally invested, and made their bucks don't want to give it up so easily.
I know if I had invested in skype and made $400M I wouldn't be looking to risk that money in a climate such as this.
As Lewis Page likes to point out the public sector doesn't always spend money in an efficient or well planned manner. However having watched the banks evaporate and magnificently stupid shopping trips like this from ebay I feel rather happy my taxes are being managed by the slightly blundering civil service rather than the plainly batshit crazy private sector.
.. on the tele, seems to be filled with people valuing their companies at huge amounts despite making almost nothing....
Now i see where they got the idea from ... 2.6 billion for a company that makes 145 million a year... that is a very long time to make back your investment.... even i can see that.
Well, Skype is bollocks anyway. If you want to sell telecommunications services, you have to communicate nicely with other people. Using your own jealously-guarded, proprietary protocol while others around you are using an open, published protocol would be a recipe for alienation even if you were first to the table.
The minute Skype is made compatible with proper VoIP (for which read: Asterisk), there's suddenly no reason to be using Skype as opposed to any of the existing applications which use the open IAX protocol.
Come to think of it, anyone with an IAX-compliant application that is easy for chavs to download could knock Skype off their perch.
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