While I initially learned of this from a Facebook status update this morning, Skype issued the following statement early this afternoon:
Change has always been a constant at Skype and will continue to be. We will keep re-shaping our business to take advantage of the immediate and short-term opportunities in front of us. In this context, Paul Amery & Lester Madden have moved on from their current positions and we’re working closely with them to support them through this process.
In addition I have learned that responsibility for the Skype Developer Program has been moved to Tallinn under Peeter Mõtshüla who, in turn, reports to Sten Tamkivi, GM of e-Commerce and Estonia operations. Peeter, who has been instrumental in developing the Skype public platform roadmap, will be attending the New York Developer event planned for next Monday along with Antoine Bertout, Skype Partner Relations Manager.
Anyone who follows my posts in Skype Journal knows that I am a disciple of Alec Saunders’ Voice 2.0 Manifesto (Adobe Reader required), whose thesis is that applications are the value creators in a Voice 2.0 world. Having worked with several of Skype’s Developer Partners over the past year and a half, we have seen the evolution of a range of collaboration, conversation recording/archiving, call center and other ancillary offerings that provide value creation for their customers while reducing business operating costs.
If there is one constant to all these partners, it is their entrepreneurial belief in Skype as a business process facilitator and that Skype’s best opportunity for revenues resides in disrupting legacy communications infrastructure with more flexible, more readily adaptable, lower cost business solutions. They have invested six or seven figure numbers in developing their Voice 2.0 offerings; let’s hope these changes allow their applications to flourish in a win-win-win environment for Skype’s Partners, the partners’ customers and Skype itself.
In closing, my thanks to Paul and Lester for all the assistance they have provided over the past year and-a-half. Andy’s network tells him that Paul had made significant contributions to the evolution of the Skype Developer Program.
- A Primer for Skype’s Direction:– Skype’s Extra Gallery and Developer Partner Program
- Memo to Skype CEO Candidates: An Interview That Nails What Skype Can Be.
Tags: Skype, Skype Developer Program, Paul Amery, Lester Madden, Peeter Mõtshüla, Antoine Bertout, Sten Tamkivi, Voice 2.0 Manifesto
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