If timing is everything, eBay
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Data is the key here. Two weeks ago, Skype said Apple
Which brings me back to eBay. In September, the e-auctioneer agreed to sell 65% of the company to an investor group for $1.9 billion, valuing the entire business at $2.75 billion.
Two months later, eBay agreed to drop its stake to 30% as Skype's co-founders -- Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis -- won 14% of the new company in a legal settlement. The co-founders also granted the new Skype unrestricted rights to previously disputed intellectual property, media reports say.
How good do you think these two are looking right now?
To be fair, eBay still has a slice of Skype. And it's hard to blame executives for selling, or settling, when they did. Skype was never core to eBay's business. There were also legitimate questions as to whether Skype would ever be more than just another Vonage
As of today, those questions have been answered. You blew it, eBay. Don't compound your mistake by selling the rest of your Skype stake now.
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