Niklas Zennström is one of today’s most successful Internet technologists and entrepreneurs, best known for founding Skype and Kazaa. He is a highly respected and sought-after speaker, in great demand for his insightful and engaging talks.
Niklas Zennström is a Swedish entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is most famous for founding several high-profile online ventures including the online communications company Skype. Skype offers high-quality voice communications to anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world, and quickly become the global leader in Internet voice communications, with over 432 million registered users to date.
Prior to Skype, Niklas co-founded and served as CEO of Kazaa, the consumer file-sharing application that became the world’s most downloaded Internet software in 2003, and Joltid, the world’s leader in peer-to-peer technologies.
Earlier in his career, Niklas was CEO of the European everyday.com portal, and held various business development roles at get2net, a Danish ISP provider. He started his professional career at Tele2, a pioneering competitive phone company in Europe.
In 2007, he co-founded the investment group, Atomico, and has become a significant figurehead for entrepreneurs in the technical sector. It has made a wide range of investments, from the French Jolicloud, a rival OS to Windows and iOS, to music service RDIO. He is also an investor in Angry Birds maker Rovio.
One of today’s most talked about Internet entrepreneurs, Niklas Zennström is at the heart of cutting edge businesses and his presentations provide a unique perspective of the future of modern communications. He is also passionate about engaging those with influence to respond to the dangers of global warming, as well as nurturing social entrepreneurs. He understands the dynamics of game-changing business models and has invaluable experience of creating worldwide networks.
Niklas holds dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden.
In 2011 Niklas received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and in 2009 he was awarded the KTH Great Prize for his considerable entrepreneurship and technological skills. In 2006 Niklas was recognized by Time Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential People as well as receiving numerous other awards that year including ‘Business Leader of the Year 2006’ (European Voice), ‘Innovation in Computing and Communications 2006’ (Economist Innovation Awards), the ‘Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award for Technology Change Agent of the Year’ in 2006, and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ (European Business Leaders Awards 2006).
In addition to his business ventures, Niklas and his wife Catherine founded Zennström Philanthropies in 2007 to direct charitable contributions to the fields of Climate Change, Human Rights and Social Entrepreneurship.
He is also a keen yachtsman, taking part in the 2010 Sydney to Hobart race.
- Skype: Getting the World to Communicate
- The Future of Communication
- Climate Change, Human Rights and Social Entrepreneurship