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The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)
The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)
The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)
The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)
The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)
The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)
The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)
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The Story of Skype (Stanford 2009)

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Seminar description: Private - Public Models of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Europe. …

Seminar description: Private - Public Models of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Europe.
Our final Winter Quarter session will explore private vs. public models of innovation and entrepreneurship using Skype and the Danish government's Mindlab as examples.

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    • 1. The Story of Skype Sten Tamkivi, Chief Evangelist European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leaders , Stanford University, March 9th , 2009
    • 2. Skype – The European Innovation Success Story
    • 3. Enabling the world’s conversations Voice Video Data IM SMS Identity
    • 4. Over 25% of call minutes carry video 28 Languages Available in nearly every country on E arth 8% of world’s calling minutes* *Source: Telegeography 08 30% of users use Skype for business purposes 100 Billion Skype-to-Skype Minutes as of Feb ‘08 405 Million Global Users
    • 5. How it all started
      • Founded in 2003
        • Founders: Niklas Zennström (Sweden), Janus Friis (Denmark)
        • Founding engineers: Jaan Tallinn, Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, Toivo Annus (Estonia)
        • Headquartered in Luxembourg, the largest office has always been in Estonia.
      • Financing
        • DraperCo seed round before product launch
        • Launch and initial pickup attracted top VC names: DFJ, Mangrove, Bessemer, Index
        • 2005 acquisition by eBay Inc
        • US$ ~.5B revenues and 2 years of profitability in 2008
    • 6. Global VS Local
      • Global mindset from day 1
        • First 6 employees from 4 nationalities
        • First 600 employees from ~40 nationalities
      • Leveraging local qualities
        • Estonia – small and efficienct
        • Europe – cultural diversity
    • 7. Impact to Estonia and Europe
      • Proof of potential and role model
        • European entrepreneurship elevated in last few years through Skype, Last.fm, MySQL...
      • Direct spillover effects
        • Experienced, networked and funded talent
      • Giving back to the society, governments: “What do we need to do to have 10 more Skypes?”
        • Education
        • Economic environment and regulation
    • 8. Thank you Skype:sten

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