Janus Friis Net Worth is$1.3 Billion
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Date of Birth: Jun 26, 1976
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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In Age of Email Hacks, Startup Brings Secure and Encrypted Chat to Businesses

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Posted: October 25, 2017, 5:36 am

Futureful, The Janus Friis-Backed AI Predictive Discovery Engine, Rebrands As Random

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Posted: April 4, 2014, 7:39 am

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Founded by Skype and Microsoft veteran Jonathan Christensen, Wire is also backed by Skype founder Janus Friis. "Skype was launched more than a decade ago," Friis said in a press release. "A lot has changed since then — we are all used to free calls and ...
Posted: December 3, 2014, 2:54 am
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