Fred Wilson doesn’t get why eBay is looking to buy Skype. Drat. I figured he’d explain it to me because I didn’t get it either. My ignorant theory: Just as eBay was seen as a benign investor when some Craigslit equity was out there looking for a home, I wonder whether eBay with its Omidyar roots is seen as less venal than other potential acquirers of Skype. Phone companies would buy it to destroy it. eBay would understand letting the customers rule. Still, Fred’s right: I don’t see what’s in it for eBay.
by Jeff Jarvis