Skype's First Employee Looks Back on First Decade

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Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Taavet Hinrikus, former director of strategy and the first employee hired at Skype, looks back on the first ten years of the company. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

Everyone focused on microsoft future, we are looking at skype.

Ballmer bought it in 2011 for $8.5 billion.

It does little else but internet calling.

Sound familiar?

Where does it fit into microsoft?

The first skype employee, former director for strategy at skype, he left skype and founded another company, transfer wise.

First employee at that, pretty cool of you to be joining us via skype to talk about this company.

What do you see as the skype's future?

I think skype is in an incredibly strong position.

Long-distance calling on the internet.

I think there is that has to do when it comes to mobile, when it comes to calling.

This is an area where many other companies have come to dominate now.

Consumers are going to other places for calling and messaging into mobile.

Google hangouts is making headway on the web.

I think there is a lot of information that a company test upon.

Obviously, it is in a great position being owned by microsoft.

It has the best distribution challenge in the world.

It is in a good vision, but there are some catch-up to be done.

Skype is actually 10 years old as of yesterday.

It is a long-running company.

The ucd parent company of microsoft as being helpful as you say in this innovative push that skype needs to make?

I think microsoft is in a unique position as that have a lot of distribution.

It is comparable to google and apple in terms of distribution he can give to skype.

I think that is going to be very valuable for skype.

Whether microsoft will push skype to mobile, that is something that rings to be seen.

You know what is interesting, alix, we have seen the users go up for skype, but microsoft is not pretty down in terms of revenue contribution.

Taavet, what is the one thing that had been on the table that skype did not do you?

I think mobile is the biggest myth so far.

There are other applications that have gained hundreds of millions of users on mobile.

I think that is the biggest myth for skype so far.

Taavet hinrikus, thank you so much.

The first employee.

I don't know the first employee of bloomberg was.

It was not you?

Let's go to paul kedrosky, bloomberg contributing editor, we welcome him right now.

Paul, you look at that.

I don't use it, but a lot of other people do.

How does a behemoth like microsoft jumps art a sidecar, an add-on.

I was a second employee of skype.

I never said it before, but it is time i outed myself.

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