It should have been obvious.
With all of the rumours flying that Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis were apparently trying to buy Skype back, eBay has chosen to IPO Skype instead. After all, with 2008 revenues of $550 million, and projections of $1 billion by 2011, if there was ever a business that deserved an IPO, Skype would be it.
As Andy Abramson points out, however, there are still many unanswered questions, most notably the JoltID license. Now that the license from Zennström and Friis has apparently been terminated they will have to strike a deal before an IPO. And how about the patents that are preventing Skype for iPhone from being distributed in Canada?
A massive Skype IPO would be just the thing to electrify financial markets, and bring tech stocks back with a roar. Could Skype have the same impact on financial markets as Netscape with their massive IPO in the 1990’s? We can only hope.