FORA.tv Speaker - Niklas Zennstrom

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Biography

Niklas Zennstrom is one of today's most successful Internet entrepreneurs, best known for co-founding Skype, KaZaA, Joost and Joltid with his long-time business partner Janus Friis.

In 2007, Zennstrom co-founded Atomico Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in passionate entrepreneurs building the next generation of consumer-facing technology businesses, and fostering a new ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Europe.

Zennstrom is best known for having co-founded Skype, the global leader in Internet voice communications, with over 432 million registered users. In September 2005 eBay Inc acquired Skype, and in 2009 Zennstrom was part of the consortium that acquired Skype from eBay. Prior to Skype, Zennstrom co-founded and served as CEO of Kazaa, the consumer file-sharing application that became the world's most downloaded Internet software in 2003, and Joltid, the world's leader in peer-to-peer technologies.

Zennstrom co-founded Zennstrom Philanthropies where he is focused on fighting climate change. Zennstrom was recognized by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People in 2006, and has received numerous other awards. Zennstrom holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science.

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Digital, Life, Design 2010: Disruptive

01.24.10 | 00:36:18 min | 1 comment