Skype's Executive Shake-Up Begins

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 25, 2009

On Nov. 24, Skype’s chief operating officer, Scott Durchslag, announced he’ll be leaving the Web-calling company. Chances are, this announcement is just the first of many executive changes to come now that new owners have taken charge of Skype.

The new owners include Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, who likely has his own ideas about how to run the company and who should do the running, believe analysts. Some industry insiders believe Zennstrom would like to get into the driver seat himself. In the past, other Skype investors have told me they are happy with work current CEO Josh Silverman is doing, however.

But as six-year-old Skype tries to make it on its own again, instead of growing as part of the eBay conglomerate, its staff will inevitably change as will its culture. Its execs have long prided themselves on running the Web-calling enterprise as a start-up; now, however, they will have to live that start-up life for real.

Reader Comments

DanTe

November 25, 2009 2:06 PM

After Skype had automatically installed programs without consent and with no uninstall options (other than a highly technical registry edit), Skype can go hump. I've removed Skype from all my machines and strongly advice businesses not to use it. Never know what other junk it might install onto your system "for your own good".

Pete

November 25, 2009 5:31 PM

Agreed. No ethics. May they wither and die like the weeds of summer under heavy Winter's snow.

Kyla

November 26, 2009 9:40 AM

Thanks for the warning.
I was considering use the company service

Dave J

November 27, 2009 8:40 PM

DanTe is absolutely right. I have been following skype for years and with their supernode based p2p, using computer memory, cpu and bandwidth even when you are not using Skype, it is simply not worth it. A lot of businesses have banned skype because they don't want to pay for other users and other businesses to make calls - when you become a supernode, you route other skype user's traffic over your network at your costs. And not to mention the security threats. I stay away from skype, you should too.

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