Skype Founders Getting Skyped by Morpheus!posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 3/27/2006 03:37:00 PM
This time, Nikklaus and Janis are getting sued by Mike Weiss of Streamcast. The story of Skype is incredible. Mike hired the dynamic duo to build Streamcast's Morpheus client - which they did. Mike launched the product. It became an instant hit reaching over 20 million uniques in several months. And that's when the plot thickened. The two miscreants had built a backdoor into Morpheus without telling Mike. (A backdoor is a secret way of controlling a piece of software.)
Not content to see Mike's success and their meager consulting fee for all that work, the duo used the backdoor to disable Morpheus and shut it down - on over 20 million desktops - overnight. Yes. Overnight! What a plot? Huh? It gets better.
So Mike's overnight success was shutdown overnight. To add insult to injury, Nikklaus and Janis launched Kazaa and they updated the entire based of Morpheus users into Kazaa users. The rest as they say is history. The duo sells Kazaa to Sharman Networks, use the P2P technology they developed to launch Skype and sell it (or unload the legal liability) upon eBay for a cool $2 billion.
Someone should make a movie of this story.
Mr Wave Theory