How executive shuffles, product changes, and a delayed IPO paid off for a couple of private equity firms.
By Kevin Maney, contributor
FORTUNE -- In September 2009, Silver Lake Partners and venture firm Andreessen-Horowitz bought Skype from eBay, where it had become the Kurt Cobain of technology companies (wildly popular, deeply troubled). The value of that deal: $2.75 billion.
In May 2011 the new owners announced that they were selling the company to MOREJul 12, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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"On the general question of bubble, in the first place you don't know it's a bubble until the bubble ends, by definition. The rule I set for myself 10 years ago was that if the press calls it a bubble then I'd pay attention." -- Eric Schmidt, Google MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jul 11, 2011 3:30 AM ET
Tech luminaries who point to all the bubble talk as proof we know more this time around may need a history lesson.
FORTUNE -- Marc Andreessen reportedly said this today at the AllThingsD conference: "A key characteristic of a bubble is that no one thinks its a bubble … If everybody's upset, it's a good sign . . . I hope there are lots of bubble stories."
The trouble with his declaration is MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jun 2, 2011 6:25 PM ET
The one company that wanted Skype: Microsoft. Can the service unite Microsoft's far flung empire and raise its tech profile?
FORTUNE -- You'll be hearing about video chat a lot more over the next few years thanks to Microsoft's headline-making $8.5 billion acquisition of the popular Internet telephony company Skype, which both companies confirmed in a joint announcement earlier today. It's the largest sum Microsoft (MSFT) has ever forked over for MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 10, 2011 3:06 PM ET
The online company is saying goodbye to consumers and hello to big (paying) companies.
At a time when the hottest tech giants (Apple (AAPL)) and startups (Zynga) are focused on serving consumers, social-media company Ning is going in the opposite direction: It's largely abandoning individuals in favor of corporate customers such as publishing houses and nonprofit organizations. Even more surprising: The company is charging money for a service it once gave MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Apr 22, 2011 5:00 AM ET
It's not silly formalism. Startups that don't develop a consistent approach to job titles and promotions do so at their own peril.
By Ben Horowitz, contributor
"Hmmmmmmm . . . now what's a title to fit me? a champ like Tyson, a captain like Kirk, no Employee of the Month 'cause yo, I do work" -Big Daddy Kane
Often when I meet with startups, the employees have no job titles. This makes sense, because everybody MOREMar 16, 2011 11:15 AM ET
Best known for its consumer tech investments, the fund ventures into enterprise cloud computing.
Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is best known for high-profile investments like Zynga, Foursquare and Skype. But the fund, headed by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and his longtime business partner Ben Horowitz, is also betting big on business-to-business upstarts, and these days that means backing companies that enable or rely on cloud computing.
Last summer Andreessen Horowitz made MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jan 28, 2011 9:24 AM ET
The polished browser has gotten a lot of press for its social media integration and more efficient search features. Even more interesting though, is its untapped potential.
In a market that's been dominated by Mozilla, Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) for years, it's counterintuitive, and that's being kind, for a new start-up to emerge with, of all things, a new browser.
But that's what the 30-man team of RockMelt MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 8, 2010 2:58 PM ET
Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Ning, positions his company as the Facebook for the set that cares about communicating with a network beyond their friends. With 70,000 paying users and 80 million monthly visitors, the white-label social network company is a quiet force among small organizations, especially schools and other non-profits. With a famous founder, browser pioneer Marc Andreessen, and a scary competitor in Facebook, Rosenthal took over as CEO this MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Sep 27, 2010 10:51 AM ET
Why HP was wise to put director Marc Andreessen forward as the board's spokesman on the Mark Hurd crisis.
The delightfully jarring aspect to Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) bombshell news and investor conference calls last Friday was the board member the venerable company put forward as its public face: Marc Andreessen, not so very long ago the enfant terrible of Silicon Valley.
It was surprising at first blush, given that Andreessen is anything MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Aug 11, 2010 1:08 PM ET
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