For Skypers, First the Party, Then the Job Cuts

Almost 10 days ago, Niklas Zennstrom, the co-founder of Skype, threw a party to remember at London’s swanky The Cuckoo Club. The nightclub, which is normally the haunt of Prince Harry and his brother and the rest of the jet set, played host to Skypers — both current and past — including co-founder Janus Friis. Unfortunately, after the party came the hangover.

It is rumored that nearly 30 Skype employees — mostly in the London office, but also some in Estonia, came back from the weekend to find pink slips waiting for them. I am told that most of the folks who were cut were from the marketing side of the business. We have emailed Skype PR to get an update/confirmation on the news of job cuts. It is cruel to say, not a very merry Christmas for those who have been nudged out.

Several senior executives had already quit the company. On Oct. 1, Zennstrom announced that he was resigning as CEO and Skype took an impairment charge of about $1.43 billion.

Skype recently made the wrong kind of headlines when it pulled a switcheroo on some of its London-based SkypeIn customers. eBay has been trying to rationalize the Skype’s operations and at the same time trying to figure out what to do with its ultra-popular but not quite profitable P2P voice service. Google was rumored to be interested in Skype, but we haven’t heard anything at all.