What was but rumour this morning has now become confirmed reality – eBay is selling Skype – well, some of it, anyway.
In a post on the Skype blog, the company’s President, Josh Silverman explains that:
A small group of venture capital funds have agreed with eBay to acquire a majority stake in Skype. The group is led by Silver Lake Partners, joined by Index and Andreessen Horowitz Ventures. You may recognize some names – for example Danny Rimer and Mike Volpi (both at Index Ventures) who were some of the earliest Board members and supporters of Skype.
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The deal is said to value Skype at $2.75 billion. That’s a lot more than many may expect – eBay spent around $3.1 billion on the company four years ago and it was widely believed to be overpriced at the time. The new valuation means it hasn’t lost a great deal of that pricetag (although when you’re dealing in billions of dollars, that’s still a lot of money).
Silverman is upbeat about the news writing:
It means we’re back to being a fully independent company again, but with a new group of owners who believe passionately in our mission and in the ability of our team to deliver on it. I can’t wait.
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