The deal was first reported today by the New York Times and later confirmed by Skype in a blog post about the company's future. In a move that may surprise some people, Skype is not about to become a subsidiary of another large internet company.
Skype president Josh Silverman announced this morning that the company was being spun off from eBay and would once again operate as an independent company.
"A small group of venture capital funds have agreed with eBay to acquire a majority stake in Skype," revealed Silverman. "The group is led by Silver Lake Partners, joined by Index and Andreessen Horowitz Ventures. You may recognize some names – for example Danny Rimer and Mike Volpi (both at Index Ventures) who were some of the earliest Board members and supporters of Skype."
Interesting to note that Andreessen Horowitz is the VC firm recently establish by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen. The new investors will buy approximately 65 percent of Skype, with eBay continuing to own 35 percent, in a deal valuing Skype at $2.75 billion US.
Do you think this will be a good move for eBay? At a time when Skype is making the move from computers to cell phones, there's a lot of potential for growth within the company. Let us know what you think in the comments below!