Skype turns 10 today. Here’s a look at the past decade of using the internet to make phone calls

Skype turns 10 today. Here’s a look at the past decade of using the internet to make phone calls

By Ritchie King @RitchieSKing August 29, 2013

Today is the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Skype, the voice and video calling service that is now owned by Microsoft and used for about a third of all international calls. For much of that decade, Skype has been synonymous with making calls over the internet: The verb “to skype” even has a spot in the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Internet telephony has changed a lot since the days of external microphones and webcams. Like everything else, it’s become increasingly mobile, and new players have emerged. Here’s a look back at the past decade. (Skype’s ownership could constitute a separate timeline. Purchased by Microsoft in 2011 for $8.5 billion, it began as an independent startup and was once owned by eBay.)


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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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