Wednesday, July 11, 2007

So About This Skype Thing

Just had a telephonic board meeting today where we had call-ins from Korea and an airport in China, both connections via Skype.

Has anyone every seen any estimates on how much Skype is costing the telecom carriers in terms of lost international business? I can't believe we are alone in avoiding like the plague any long distance charges, particularly anything related to overseas calling?

While on this topic, what on earth has eBay done to leverage the synergies they were claiming there would be when they bought it? Looking at their site, Skype is largely invisible, and I've heard *zero* publicly from eBay about this acquisition, really since it closed. Grand strategy or opportunistic investment? Beats me.

A Silicon Valley mystery.

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