Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Where it is all at - Tallin
I am in Estonia, the home of Skype.
Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallin - all of them 32 years old and childhood friends programmed the original KaZaa code together with an Estonian and Swedish team. After enormous success, the founders sold KaZaa to Sharman Network, who still offers KaZaa downloads. The well-known North-European portal Everyday.com was also created by the same trio - Heinla, Kasesalu and Tallinn.
After selling KaZaa to Sharman Networks, Zennström and Friis decided to establish a new company and hired the same programmers who created KaZaa. The team got also an addition in a new Estonian programmer, named Toivo Annus. The new company created a highly popular software – Skype, which enables the user to make free telephone calls all over the world. The only condition necessary to talk is that the persons need to install Skype into their computers.
Springtime in Tallinn is magic.