Hot on the heels of the rumor of a potential resale to its founders, Skype's parent eBay has announced the intention to spin the company off as a public offering in 2010.
Clearly a lot is going on inside the palace of eBay and internally at Skype. The management team is the kind of team you want credentials wise for an IPO, seasoned corporate types, big company executives and a nimble CEO at the helm.
But, the issue around JOLT ID needs to be clarified and other questions remain, mostly how in a measured broadband world, Skype keeps playing without any payment to the ISPs, how they deal with the regulators and E911 issues as they look more and more like a telco each day; what their mobile strategy is and more.
Bottom line...there are a lot of ifs and what abouts that need answers. Given eBay's usual response to bloggers questions via their IR team, I'm not expecting to hear from Mr. Donahue's people but I do expect a very forthcoming Skype team to behave now as they always have.