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Skype: Well, Yeah $2 Billion Is Low Considering What You Paid for It…

skype_iconjpgAnalysts value Skype at roughly $2 billion. But it seems John Donahoe, CEO of parent company eBay, values it at a bit more than that. Asked to put a price on the Internet telephony business, Donahoe declined, but he said $2 billion is “low.”

And I suppose it is, given that eBay (EBAY) paid $2.6 billion for Skype in October 2005 and subsequently took a $1.43 billion charge on it.

“I think it’s worth a lot and I think the numbers speak for themselves,” he added. “There are not many properties that have that kind of growth.”

EBay plans to spin Skype off in an initial public offering in 2010.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

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December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work