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Skype’s business model

Jon Arnold sent me this interview with Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom on Skype’s business model.  It’s interesting stuff.  In recent months Skype has release an API which allows third party applications to control Skype, and allows handset devices to be interfaced with Skype.  The interviewer asks questions about Skype’s plans for corporate LANs, etc, which Zennstrom deflects.  Zennstrom speaks about Skype’s plans to be more like a mobile operator, but doesn’t speak to the issue of service creation on the Skype network.  Naturally, there are services being created — Skype-In/Skype-Out/Voicemail — but there doesn’t seem to be a way for third parties to do this.  It will be interesting to watch evolve.

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