Janus Friis Net Worth is$1.3 Billion
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Janus Friis, is an entrepreneur with a net worth of $1.3 billion. Janus Friis earned his net worth through the many software companies he has co-founded, including Get2net and Joltid. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Janus Friis (['jae:nus 'f?i:?s]; born 26 June 1976 in Copenhagen) is a Danish entrepreneur best known for co-founding the file-sharing application KaZaA, and the peer-to-peer telephony application Skype. In September 2005, he and his partner Niklas Zennstrom sold Skype to eBay for $2.6B. Friis has maintained ownership interest in Skype through Silver Lake Partners, which sold Skype to Microsoft Corporation for $8.5 billion, in May 2011.
Friis and Zennstom also developed Joost - an interactive software application for distributing TV shows and other forms of video content over the Web. The assets of this service were sold to Adconion Media Group in November 2009. Independently, Friis founded video streaming startup Vdio in 2011.
Friis had no formal higher education, dropping out of high school before starting a job at the help desk of CyberCity, one of Denmark's first Internet service providers. He met Zennstrom in 1996. At that time, Zennstrom headed Tele2 in Denmark, and Friis was hired to run its customer support. Friis and Zennstrom worked together at Tele2 to launch get2net, another Danish ISP, and the portal everyday.com.
After this, the partners decided to leave Tele2. Friis moved in to Zennstrom's small apartment in Amsterdam in January 2000 where they started developing KaZaA, the company responsible for the most popular software for use with the FastTrack file sharing network protocol. The FastTrack protocol itself is also codesigned by Friis.
From the success of KaZaA's peer-to-peer technology the duo co-founded Joltid, a software company developing and marketing peer-to-peer solutions and peer-to-peer traffic optimization technologies to companies.
Friis is also co-founder of Altnet, a network that sells commercial music to KaZaA users.
Friis was named in Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential people in 2006.
In 2006 Janus Friis got the prestigious award "IT-prisen" ("The IT Prize") in his home country, given by the Danish IT in

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Skype co-founder asks ex to return $471K engagement ring

Washington D.C., Aug. 29 : Janus Friis, co-founder of Skype, has recently filed a lawsuit against his former fiancee allegedly for cheating on him and has asked her to return his 471,000 dollars engagement ring. The Law suit states that Friis ...
Posted: August 28, 2015, 10:15 pm

Skype Sweden To Be Closed

Founded in 2003 by Dane Janus Friis and Swede Niklas Zennstrom, Skype became a Microsoft entity in 2011 when it was purchased for nearly nine billion dollars. With new features such as a queue for calls, analytics for business calls and an auto attendant ...
Posted: August 19, 2017, 9:43 am

Wire, the messaging app backed by Skype’s Janus Friis, gets video calls and message encryption

It’s been more than 15 months since Wire entered the competitive messaging app fray with the promise to build a Skype for the modern age — a promise given real credence by the backing of Skype cofounder Janus Friis. Available for Android, iOS, and ...
Posted: March 9, 2016, 9:00 pm

Senate’s action on robots is a step forward

Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, co-founders of Skype, launched the business in 2014. “Every year,” Starship chief commercial officer Keith Cornell told Fast Company magazine, “Americans and Europeans receive about 20 billion deliveries, and they combine ...
Posted: May 8, 2017, 4:45 am

Skype Co-Founder Backs Wire, A New Communications App Launching Today On iOS, Android And Mac

Skype co-founder Janus Friis is backing a new communications app called Wire, out now for iOS, Android and Mac OS X. The app itself is the reimagining of how a communications tool like Skype should operate had it been built today. Much of that ...
Posted: December 2, 2014, 9:32 pm
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