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Tokyo

Japan is a leading nation in technology, scientific research machinery and biomedical research. At the centre is Tokyo, with the largest metropolitan area in the world with over 30 million residents. In such a high-tech country, it's not difficult to find interesting and advance gadgets or devices being incorporated into daily life.

Not your usual business set-up, our office is housed within an apartment which is attracting attention and getting popular use for business set up in Tokyo. The homely environment fosters a warm and welcome ambience among our employees as well as visitors. Currently our small and cosy team focuses specifically on marketing development and partnership management as we push the marketing activities within the Japan market. With the business constantly expanding we are always looking to add new blood to the team.

Moscow

We love having the lush surroundings of the forest on our doorstep and the vibrant history and culture of Moscow nearby. There's a competitive foosball and ping pong scene in our office and we enjoy regular friendly competitions. We work with colleagues across all our locations and many of our team focus on the asynchronous communication scenarios for our flagship products.

Tallinn

We're a sociable bunch and enjoy regular get togethers as well as indulging our passion for outdoor events - tennis, water polo, skiing. motor racing clubs just to whet your appetite. We're an international company, so don't be surprised if your scrum session includes colleagues from around the world.

London

Within Waterhouse Square, we occupy three floors stuffed with the latest cutting edge technologies and no shortage of places to connect, create and innovate. It’s home to fantastic teams such as program (product) management, design and software engineering and testing, who work on projects like migrating to the Cloud, our web client and Big Data.

Our central chill out space offers free breakfast and lunch as well as table football, ping pong, pool and Xbox if you fancy thrashing your colleagues after a hard day’s work. And if you’re looking for adventure simply head out in any direction to explore the local area. Enjoy lunch in one of the many local parks, sample Leather Lane’s food and coffee shops, or hit the stylish restaurants of Clerkenwell and beyond.

Redmond

We’ve got shops and restaurants on campus, as well as useful touches like dry cleaners and car washing to make your day that little bit easier. And our art collection has 4,000 works for you to discover. As you’d expect our offices are open plan, and you’ll find all the foosball and video games you need to enjoy a bit of down time with your colleagues. With so much natural beauty, sport, culture and personality you won’t be surprised that the Seattle area is ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S.

Stockholm

A city on water, Stockholm is perched upon 14 islands with an archipelago boasting over 2400 more. Natural beauty aside, it's known for its architecture, parks and lively nightlife, which comes into its own in the summertime when everyone takes advantage of the long summer nights. Our award winning office is in a beautiful converted brewery and is the centre of excellence for Real Time Media.

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Prague

Our office has all the comforts you'd expect, with comfortable communal areas, foosball to let off steam and a well stocked fridge. We often head out of the office for lunch together, so you'll get to enjoy the fantastic value the many restaurants of the city have to offer. We work alongside our colleagues around the world on projects like Skype.com, the Lync web app and ensuring Skype provides our users with the best possible service.

Luxembourg

Skype's Global headquarters is situated in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg where we enjoy one of the highest standards of living in Europe. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by The Economist magazine, we have the fourth highest quality of life in the world. Work here and you'll soon see why - very low tax rates, low crime rate and a great place for families - what more could you ask for?

Late last year we moved into our brand new state-of-the-art offices and we couldn't be happier. As a major hub for our senior executives and key location for our finance and business operations teams, our new home has been designed to encourage inspiration, innovation and professional development.

Luxembourg offers a wide variety of landscapes and tourist attractions. It's a charming place, with traditional villages and sun-drenched hillsides covered with grapevines. And when you're located in the centre of Europe between Belgium, France and Germany, you can fly to more than 50 European cities in the blink of an eye!

Singapore

A bustling cosmopolitan city, Singapore embodies the finest of the East and West. Its diverse population contributes to a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture and while English is classified as the main language, there is a mother tongue for each major ethnicity. Although small in size, Singapore has one of the fastest growing economies and is a lead player in International trade and finance, making it a perfect port for our Asia Pacific Headquarters.

Working closely with the other two Asia-based Skype teams in Japan and Hong Kong, we coordinate business and functional activities across the region serving Greater China, Japan, Australia, Korea and other emerging markets. This is a pretty exciting development as we continue to expand Skype's business around the world.

We have a small yet dynamic team of different nationalities and races, which gives rise to our unique culture and fun in the office. While we have built the main infrastructure as a regional office, we are inviting talent from different areas of expertise to accelerate our growth in the region.

Palo Alto

And when you need to recharge we have outdoor terraces to enjoy the Californian sunshine, or you can challenge your friends to a game of pool or foosball. Did we mention we're a dog friendly office too? We work on projects across Skype, so whatever your background, if you share our passion for delivering fantastic products, you'll fit right in.

Hong Kong

Known for its expansive skyline, Hong Kong is the world's most vertical city. Due to its dense population the city continues to grow upwards rather than outwards and is an ever-changing smorgasbord of modern architecture. As one of the world's leading international financial hubs, Hong Kong has an economy characterised by low taxation and free trade and ranks highly for quality of life, economic freedom and transport infrastructure. While Hong Kong's official language is Cantonese, English is also considered as an official language and you'll find most communications displaying both Chinese and English.

Our Hong Kong office is a strategic location, being the gateway to mainland China and within close proximity of Taiwan. Being members of the APAC organization our Skype team works hard to promote Skype business and products to the local and Greater China markets and currently, we are looking to expand the team in line with business growth.

Alexey Kozhanov

Education

  • Engineer degree in Computer Science applied to Psychology.

Previous Employers

  • Software Technologies
  • SDB CS

What you do at Skype?

I am engineer in the iPhone team. We are working on creating mobile real-time video streaming application.

Why did I move to Skype?

I was looking for an opportunity to work on great software and learn something new.

What do I love about working here?

There is an atmosphere of trust and fun all around the company There are a lot of highly-motivated professionals around me Things we are doing are really great and helpful for people

Tero Hurskainen

Education

  • BBA International Marketing, Turku Business College, Finland
  • Master of Social Sciences, Sociology, Criminology, Crime Prevention, Abo Akademi University, Finland.

Previous Employers

  • Before joining Skype, I worked in the security business and industrial engineering management. I've been an IT project manager since 1997.

What do I do at Skype?

I'm the engineering manager responsible for delivering Skype on Apple iOS devices.

Why did I move to Skype?

I was incredibly excited to get the opportunity to join Skype - and I'm still excited to be here. The technology is unique and the possibilities are endless.

What do I love about working here?

I interact with a genuinely international crowd on a daily basis - and they're all highly professional and intelligent. I learn something new every day. I get to use most of the seven languages I know every day too! As a team, we get to be the first people in the world to create things, and then to put in place the conventions that other people will follow. I feel like I'm working at the very tip of the top - and it's a great feeling to be surrounded by such talented people.

Life outside of Skype?

Busy! I raise a family in an international setting. I'm a national-level competition shooter and range officer. I'm a registered firearms instructor, volunteering my time to train people for the Estonian civil defense, the police force and for sports. I love to cook with friends, to enjoy a good meal and a song. Inspirational discussion and debate brings out my tiny (but vocal!) inner sociologist. I used to record and produce music as a hobby, but recently I've put that time into dabbling with photography instead. Actually, there's a running joke about photography at Skype. In the early days, everyone interviewing for a job was allegedly a photo enthusiast... And certainly there are plenty of really skilled colleagues to ask for hints on that perfect exposure.



Turochas "T" Fuad

Education

  • BBA, University Texas at Austin, USA

Previous Employers

  • Sun Microsystems, Inc. (USA)
  • WUF Networks, Inc. (USA)
  • Yahoo!, Inc. (USA, Singapore)

What you do at Skype?

I look after market and business development efforts for Skype in the Asia Pacific region. APAC is the fastest growing market for Skype and it is my job to ensure that we make our communication solution a huge success in this region. Most recently, I led and launched a mobile partnership with KDDI to make Skype available to the second largest mobile network in Japan. Based out of the Singapore office, I have been with Skype for close to two years.

Why did I move to Skype?

I have been a fan of Skype for many years now and love the fact that it's a disruptive technology – one that can change the industry in a significant way. It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of that, especially when the role is all about expanding the brand to the new emerging markets across Asia.

What do I love about working here?

There are several factors but it boils down to the philosophy and people at Skype. The company's vision to be THE global communication service provider is one that is not only admirable, but also very achievable. This is largely due to the people behind the company, all the way from the leadership to the working team. We are a diverse group, super ambitious and love to be challenged. On a personal level, I am completely motivated to make Skype a huge success in Asia and we have a great opportunity to make that happen. Lots of work ahead, but it is terribly exciting!

Life outside of Skype?

I play golf (badly). Love to scuba dive (best diving spots in Southeast Asia). Most recently, leaning how to play the guitar (long overdue).

Andrew Sinclair

Education

  • BSc Information Technology, University of Staffordshire, UK

Previous Employers

  • Before joining Skype in 2000, I spent 15 years at Microsoft following the acquisition of my UK-based network management startup. I was based in Seattle, first working as a developer on Windows and then moving on to become the lead program manager for Exchange 2000 Server. My last roles had more of a general management focus - so I ran the Unified Communications Client Group and the business units for archiving and for Exchange Hosted Services (FrontBridge) email spam.

What do I do at Skype?

I manage all of Skype Enterprise's engineering and product management. That means I'm responsible for defining and delivering the products that Skype offers organizations in order to make collaboration across geographical and business boundaries a possibility.

Why did I move to Skype?

I spent 15 years helping Microsoft deliver some great products that really changed people's lives - products like home networking in Windows XP and, of course, Office Communicator and Live Meeting. When the time came to try something new and take on some real challenges, I wanted to go somewhere that would allow me to have a positive impact on people's lives. I wanted to develop products that people love and products that embody the way the internet has changed the world. All that, added to my background, made Skype the perfect fit.

What do I love about working here?

We live the Skype life. We're a global company with no boundaries, so not only do we build Skype but we depend on it to run the business. It's how we collaborate and how we embrace the many different cultures, locations and flexible work patterns. The work environment is unlike anything I've seen before. Every day, I work closely with people in London, Tallinn and California, so my life is made possible by the kind of technologies we develop. Without them I wouldn't be able to maintain all my work and personal connections. It's a vision of life we've been predicting for years - and it's here today.

Life outside of Skype?

I have family here in the US and in England. I love to ski and snowboard. I'm amazed at how quickly my children, even though they are young, are becoming independent and how easily they challenge me.

Vladimir Trebicky

Education

  • Master's degree, Computer Science, FEE, Czech Technical University, Prague

Previous Employers

  • Google
  • Seznam.cz

What you do at Skype?

I started as a C++ software engineer in the backend team, working mainly on SkypeOut/SkypeIn call signalling. Since then a whole team was created around the calling infrastructure. Now we maintain a whole bunch of backend servers running in our datacenters, handling signalling, media and various related services such as Voicemail, SkypeConnect etc.

Why did I move to Skype?

I was always impressed by the peer-to-peer architecture Skype is built on. Plus, as far as I remember, Skype remains the only computer program that was never cracked :-) Also it was clear that - among other things - Skype is a company that fills a huge gap on the market, allowing its users to call people on the other side of the planet for the same (or better) price and quality as if it was next door. All of the above made it an easy decision - plus the offices in Prague are pretty wonderful.

What do I love about working here?

Even though it's one of the greatest technology innovators in the world, Skype can still preserve that special startup atmosphere. So we're working on software that provides a service to millions, but we still feel like we're just playing with things we love: we design, we code, we explore new technologies.

Life outside of Skype?

Jazz and classical guitar. Singing. Squash. Tango. Skiing.

Delphine Bernard

Education

  • Master's in Business Engineering

Previous Employers

  • Accenture
  • Newell Rubbermaid

What do I do at Skype?

Senior Manager - Finance Reporting & Accounting

Why did I move to Skype?

I was excited by the chance to be a part of this great company. It has completely changed the way people communicate.

What do I love about working here?

The days are never the same. This is a challenging environment and I love working with such dynamic people.

Life outside of Skype?

I'm a keen traveler. Whenever possible, I'll take off my high heels and slip on a pair of trekking shoes in search of faraway lands.

Renat Vafin

Education

  • PhD Acoustic Signal Processing, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • MSc Digital Communication Systems and Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Electrical Engineering, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Tallinn Technical University

What do I do at Skype?

I work on signal processing algorithms for both audio and video. My role is all about making things sound and look as good as possible over the internet. In particular, I work on coding and robustness against communication channel imperfections, such as packet losses and variable delay.

Why did I move to Skype?

I always wanted to return back to Estonia upon completing the Ph.D. work in Sweden. And there was Skype that offered interesting and challenging work, where my interests, knowledge, and skills fit perfectly.

What do I love about working here?

I told this story once, and I'm sure I'll tell it again. I was visiting the student dorm in Stockholm, where I used to live during my PhD. It was nice to meet old friends and new people. One girl approached me and said, "I must tell you that I'm in love..." I thought, "Wait a minute, we just met..." And then she continued, "... with Skype." Well, it wasn't what I was expecting maybe, but still cool :)

Another time, on Christmas Eve, we set up a Skype video call between my girlfriend's mother and her relatives in Ukraine. When they saw the video, they became very happy and started clapping. After some time they were drinking and singing over the internet. I have to tell you, my work feels really nice during those moments.

And if all that is not enough, it's just cool to work at Skype. A lot of smart, talented, fun people work here. And we do a lot of things together outside of the office - sports, partying, travelling.

Life outside of Skype?

Family, sport, traveling.

Philippe Bernard

Education

  • MSc Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Previous Employers

  • Consulting Infolink - Paris, Prague (Project Management in Software Development, People Management, Business Division and Operations Management)
  • Alten Technologies - Paris (Software Engineering, CMM improvement initiatives for embedded real-time software quality processes)

What do I do at Skype?

I joined Skype almost four years ago to establish our Development Center in Prague. Now I'm looking after the day-to-day operations of our Prague site and further developing the site too. But Skype's the kind of company where you can jump on new challenges and take ownership of things you're interested in. So at the moment I have two parallel roles - one as the general manager of the Prague site, the other as a Senior Program Manager in Global Engineering Business Operations. This role involves creating, leading and supporting cross-organizational initiatives that help align our engineering function with Skype's business strategy.

Why did I move to Skype?

I moved to Skype for its sexy technology and absolutely awesome products. Skype enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, and to send instant messages and files to other Skype users. Every single day, people also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. I just wanted to be a part of changing the world of communications. I was also impressed by Skype's unique culture, its unique position in the internet industry and its presence on the global market.

What do I love about working here?

Among all the things I love at Skype, it's the diversity of people in the teams that's the best thing for me. Working with really bright and inspirational individuals challenges me every day to bring new ideas to life. And that makes the experience of being at Skype very special. On the top of that, the actual work environment is really unique: very cool, motivational, dynamic and fast-paced. The huge flow of innovative work makes me feel as challenged and motivated today as on my first day at Skype, even after almost four years of duty :-)

Life outside of Skype?

My family, golfing, skiing, practicing ballroom and Latin dance, music, playing piano, good wine, good beer... and good food too.



Stella Shi

Education

  • BSc Computer Science, Hunan University, China
  • MSc of Communications Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • MBA, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, HK

Previous Employers

  • Motorola

What you do at Skype?

I've been with Skype almost three years now and am responsible for business development and managing the local key partnerships within Greater China region. I'm also engaged in partners' activities at the strategic and operational levels and help Skype HQ to rollout the global deals within the Greater China region.

Why did I move to Skype?

I started using Skype to communicate with my parents and friends back in 2003. We really enjoyed the good quality of calling & video chat. After I finished my MBA, I knew I wanted to join a young and fast growing company so I decided to join Skype. Even though it was a small company at the time, Skype was ambitious and has really grown since then. It enables people all over the world to communicate and I’m really excited to be a part of the team.

What do I love about working here?

Skype is a young, fun and creative company. The company’s mission and culture have a big influence on all its employees. It stimulates passion, imagination and enthusiasm. I love all the people who I work with. People are from different countries and backgrounds and we help each other - sharing our technology knowledge, as well as life experiences. We work hard to bring more and more new and great products/services to our users all over the world. We also play hard when we get together!

Life outside of Skype?

Travel, Hiking, Aerobics, Music, Latin Dance.

Gergely

Education

  • MSc Computer Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Also studied abroad as part of an exchange program at University of New Hampshire, NH, USA

Previous Employers

Developer at Scott Logic, a financial consultancy and as a front office developer at JP Morgan. Before joining Skype I was self employed, building apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

What do you do?

I'm a software development engineer on the Skype for Xbox One team. I mostly work on the user interface of the application - which means interacting with a lot of product managers and designers to plan the look and feel of a feature in the app, and working closely with the rest of the development and test team to code and test the feature before shipping.

Why did you join?

I'm passionate about building products with high impact, and there are few products that impact people more than Skype. I was also very excited to have the opportunity to build the next generation Skype experience on a brand new platform, Xbox One – which has been even more challenging and fun than I originally imagined.

What do you love about working here?

I love how there are so many opportunities to make an impact at a team, product or organizational level and you get lots of support and help from managers and peers to try new, promising approaches. For example on my project, even though we were on a tight schedule, I was encouraged to experiment with different implementations to parts of the UI, and as a result of my prototyping work we ended up implementing a different design.

I also never realized until working here what an incredible pool of people and resources you have access to inside Microsoft. When I ran into a limitation of a Windows 8 control, in a matter of hours I was able to talk with members of the team who designed this component, who then offered me advice on workarounds and incorporated my feedback in the next version of the control.

Life outside work

I develop applications for mobile in my free time as a hobby and am a member of a masters swimming club to keep in shape.

Wesley

Education

I attended San Jose State University in San Jose, CA and I studied Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

Previous Employers

Before I worked for Microsoft, I was working for a mobile video start-up company called Qik which was acquired by Skype and then subsequently purchased by Microsoft. Within a 12 month period I went from working in a start-up with roughly 60 people to a global corporation.

What do you do?

I work as a product specialist, which sits in customer support for the Skype product. At the moment my role primarily focuses on looking after customer support on our social channels such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. I work in collaboration with the online support team on bringing a better overall customer support experience to all of our users.

Why did you join?

I chose to join Microsoft because I wanted to be apart of a company with a history of innovation, strong market presence, and great business direction. I wanted to work for a company that is globally known for their business as well as their charity/philanthropy.

What do you love about working here?

The best part of working for Microsoft is truly the people. I am genuinely happy to come into work and spend my day with intelligent, driven, fun people. The people I’ve met and had the pleasure of working with have been a blessing to me in my career progression.

Life outside work:

Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy travelling, playing sports such as: basketball, softball, football, snowboarding. I also like reading and learning about technology, gadgets, architecture, design, and photography.



Daisuke Iino

Education

  • B.E. Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, University of Tokyo, Japan

Previous Employers

  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan
  • Panasonic Automotive Systems Company
  • Panasonic Corporation

What you do at Skype?

I joined Skype in December, 2010 and am based in Tokyo, Japan. I'm currently working as a Launch Project Manager for KDDI. My main responsibility is to make sure Skype thin client is preloaded on all planned KDDI devices while working as a main interface toward KDDI, covering time, risk, issue and change request management. I work closely with the Mobile engineering team and make sure all the processes work properly and efficiently.

Why did I move to Skype?

I simply liked the idea that Skype envisions a world where communication flows like water. Skype allows you to communicate whenever, wherever and however you like. It has the power to bring lots of smiles to people through communication services. I also found that Skype technology is very unique based on P2P technology with disruptive innovation, which has high scalability, robustness and fault tolerance. I see Skype as a game-changing, technology driven company and see a big opportunity to help improve the way people communicate.

What do I love about working here?

Firstly, it's about being appreciated by people. Due to Skype's offerings of free S2S call and low-pricing international call to PSTN and mobile, people simply appreciate what Skype is doing. I feel pride in my work, which gives me lots of motivation for working here and for helping to improve people’s daily communication. Secondly, it's about great people working here – it's a truly global company with a really diverse culture.

Life outside of Skype?

My ten year old daughter. Two year old dog. Snowboarding. Music. Weekend jogging.

Kasia Holsting

Education

  • Hugo Treffner Gymnasium, Tartu, Estonia
  • Applied Architecture, Tallinn University of Applied Sciences (unfinished), Estonia
  • Graphic Design, Estonian Academy of Arts (unfinished), Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Elion Enterprises Ltd
  • Salonshop Baltic AS

What do I do at Skype?

I work for the customer support department as the customer support training specialist, specializing in billing and payments topics. Basically anything related to Skype products, from purchase onwards, goes through me. I turn the logic of engineers and architects and website magicians into what is understandable for our customer support - trying to map the problems that might occur once the customer has tried using our products.

I've also had the opportunity to help set up the initial training team for customer support, to create training materials content and the very first internal information center. My job allows me to travel to many different locations in Europe and Asia - and it's also given me great insight into the workings of different payment providers, banks and credit card issuers. I've learnt so much about money and how it relates to Skype.

Why did I move to Skype?

To be honest, in the beginning it was mainly for the new challenge, and because I wanted to practice my English. Plus, a young and creative kindergarten-type startup company felt exactly right for me at the time. I was also very curious about the work environment here - I'd heard there were dogs in the office and I wanted to know if they really existed! Once I joined I liked it so much that I stayed - now I'm in my sixth year.

What do I love about working here?

Most of all Skype, is about the people who work here. All those multi-talented, passionate, fun-loving people - young and old. They share one true and honest goal, to make the most out of Skype. If you see people sticking together at tough times for days, trying to fix things that have gone wrong, supporting each other at hours when other people sleep, then you can't help being passionate about something as fascinating as Skype.

What makes it all even more interesting is the fact that the people who work in Skype are not your average IT guys. People are very talented in their work, but they have many interesting hobbies outside the office. I can't name the amount of times I've been surprised to discover a colleague is a disk jockey, a cartoon artist, or a wind surfer. Or that the guy sitting next to me in customer support plays the guitar or sings in a band that's quite well known in Estonia. It's an interesting place to be.

Sometimes coming to work feels like being reunited with my little extended family. We share our lives, and don't need to feel restrained by the formalities of a normal corporate company. In fact, don't be surprised if you're trying to tackle a complicated programming challenge, only to be interrupted by a three year old toddler, a grey husky and an orange kitten running past you. And yes, that's actually happened here!

Life outside of Skype?

My two great passions are arts - graphic design, drawing, painting - and music. I sing, write lyrics, play the piano and do some acting in a local university musical theatre. Occasionally, even after hours of writing training materials, I still take the time to write some poems or update my blog. I can't forget to mention the fact that there's hardly a person in Skype that changes their hair as often as I do :P

Alan Hawrylyshen

Education

  • Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada

Previous Employers

  • Ditech Networks (Director, Strategic Technology Application) asasassasasasas
  • Jasomi Networks (Chief Technology Officer)
  • Raytheon Systems Canada Limited (air traffic control software development and special technical projects)
  • Hughes Aircraft (air traffic control software development)
  • Various oil & gas companies (supercomputing support & engineering services administration)

What do I do at Skype?

I'm the Director of Platform Products & Engineering - SkypeKit

Why did I move to Skype?

To change the world, to touch people, and to help them communicate. Just as importantly, to do something I can explain to my mother in less than five minutes.

What do I love about working here?

That we make the world much smaller and more intimate.

Life outside of Skype?

I'm a qualified telemark ski instructor. I don't instruct at the moment, but I still love my telemark skiing. Apart from that, I like to ride high-performance motorcycles and fly light aircraft. I'm also an avid amateur photographer who likes to mess around with radio equipment.

Stefan K.O. Strömmer

Education

  • Technical Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Previous Employers

  • Sound Precision AB (loudspeaker systems design engineer)
  • Uppsala University (course assistant)
  • Strömmer Electronics (self-employed)

What do I do at Skype?

As an audio quality engineer, I'm responsible for optimizing and improving the end to-end audio experience. I design tools for automation and quality measurements and contribute innovations to the modules that are critical to the audio experience: the voice quality enhancer, the speech codec, the transport/network and UI.

Why did I move to Skype?

The job fit was close to perfect. And the ambition of the company to be the best at what it does was really important to me.

What do I love about working here?

We're making a difference to the world, changing how people commute and communicate. This has a real impact on so many lives. I've heard several touching stories of what Skype means to individual families - keeping them close and together, even when they're far away.

Life outside of Skype?

I like to explore. Now and then I'll organize a nice event for my friends, like a snow mobile trip or a deep sea fishing tour. I also play squash, go road racing, hike, eat good food... and just experience life with my lovely girlfriend.

Andrus Aidla

Education

I graduated from the Police Academy and studied Law at the University of Tartu in Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Before joining Skype, I served more than 14 years at various law enforcement agencies in Estonia.

What do I do at Skype?

I work in the Legal department, as the Head of Law Enforcement Relations. My main focus is managing Skype's interaction with law enforcement and governmental security officials across the world.

Why did I move to Skype?

It was an exciting prospect, working for a company that has so positively impacted on the lives of millions of people globally.

What do I love about working here?

This is a great environment to work in, plus it's great working alongside such talented and passionate people!

Life outside of Skype?

Living in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg means there are so many exciting opportunities nearby. You're only a few hours away from Paris or the Alps, and I make the most of that as often as I can.

Sergey Sablin

Education

  • MSc Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics, Tomsk State University, Russia

Previous Employers

  • Elecard
  • Mainconcept

What do I do at Skype?

I'm an engineer in the video team, where we all work on creating better quality videoconferencing.

Why did I move to Skype?

I've used Skype for a long time and I've always loved it. For some time, it was the only way to talk face-to-face with my relatives and friends, because I was living thousands of miles from home. I was really interested in the opportunity to make Skype even better, to help to improve the quality of communication, so that many more people could use it every day.

What do I love about working here?

The highly fragmented world of IP videoconferencing creates many interesting and complex challenges. Solving any of them helps a lot of people around the globe too. Best of all, I work on these tasks with really talented and motivated colleagues.

Life outside of Skype?

Most of my time is spent with my two young twin daughters. When I have spare time, I love to read books.

Jindra

Education

Master degree in Computer Science. That wasn’t enough so I did a deep dive into algorithms for computer graphics and visualization and finished that with PhD.

Previous Employers

  • Building a CAD software for land surveyors.
  • One startup (ad)venture.

What do I do?

Officially I am a Lead Software Development Engineer, developing Skype for Windows desktop client and Skype for Windows 8 client. In Windows desktop it means old good Delphi on top of old good Win32, in Windows 8 it means Javascript, HTML, CSS and C++ on top of new WinRT API. But it's not all about writing code, it's also about planning, estimating, documenting, and communicating with team members, designers, product managers and testers.

Why did I join?

Initially, because it was one of very few companies hiring Delphi developers ;-). Also because I was a bit curious what else that needed to be done within the Skype product portfolio given all the new opportunities following the Microsoft acquisition. Last but not least I wanted to work in an international tech company which builds great product everybody knows and loves.

What do I love about working here?

What I like the most is the impact of my work - my code runs on hundreds of millions of devices, is used by hundreds of millions of users and ultimately is making this world seem smaller and a bit nicer place to live in. Working here also great learning opportunity – every day you can and in fact you have to learn. Also, as we are true multi-cultural family one not only develops professionally but also has a chance to meet colleagues of many different nationalities and cultures. Finally, in a way, you’re not really working for your manager, you’re working for your friends and family so that they can communicate easily between each other.

Life outside work?

Almost all taken by my daughter Anna. Otherwise sports – cycling, running and a bit of mountaineering.

Tim

Education

Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, ILB.S. in Computer Science, with heavy minor in Math

Previous Employers

I worked at a small company called Parlano (Chicago, IL) that was acquired by Microsoft in 2007. I had the good fortune to get to come along for the ride!

What do I do?

I am the Dev Lead for the “Asynchronous Communication Experience” team in the Lync Desktop Client. Basically, my team owns any form of communication in Lync that doesn’t require both you and the other person to be staring at your device at the same time (i.e. “Synchronous Communication Experiences”). Chat, persistent Group Chat rooms, File transfer, etc.

Why did I join?

It’s a great company and was a huge opportunity for me when I was asked to move from Chicago to Redmond. I had always worked in small and midsize companies and wanted to experience a MASSIVE company. Wish granted.

What do I love about working here?

Microsoft has teams that work on EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE and you can spend your entire career here doing what you love and moving whenever you need a change. How many companies can say that?

Life outside work?

Board games with family and/or co-workers. Reading about ancient civilizations. Investing in Real Estate. Life hasn’t been dull for a single day in the last 6 years.

Kristel

Education

MSc Infomatics, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Affecto Estonia

What do I do?

I'm lucky enough to be the quality engineer that looks after Skype on mobile devices. I specialise in Skype for iOS and Android, but I take part in assuring the quality of Skype for other operating systems too. My work involves managing testing (creating test plans, testing, automating, reporting, scoping, risk mitigation) to see how quality can be constantly improved.

Why did I join?

Well, I loved Skype as an application. Also I really wanted to be part of something big and exciting, ideally involving some travel. When I met the people here, I was impressed by how professional, multi-cultural and friendly the team is.

What do I love about working here?

It's never boring! My work life consists of training, meetings, international travel and company parties. All in all, pretty enjoyable!

Life outside work?

I love dancing (especially ballroom dancing), playing the piano, skating and reading. And since joining I've taken up snowboarding-my colleague introduced me on our team day out and I'm hooked!

Karsten

Education

  • MSc Computer Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • PhD Speech Signal Processing, Aalborg University, Denmark

Previous employers

  • Aalborg University
  • Sonorit

What do I do?

I work as a senior research and development engineer in the audio team. I take projects all the way from idea to ready-to-use fixed point C implementation. This involves simulations with early prototypes, algorithm development using Matlab, writing patents and internet drafts, programming in floating point C and (as the end result) fixed point C code. My main contributions have been to help create the acoustic echo canceller, the background noise reduction and the Silk speech codec, all of which are used in the Skype client for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android, SkypeKit and various TV products.

Why did I join?

I was offered a job at Skype when they acquired my previous employer, Sonorit. I took the chance to relocate to Stockholm to join Skype because it was a great opportunity to be a part of the world's leading VoIP. And of course, that meant the chance to improve call quality for millions of users.

What do I love about working here?

We're creating real change, allowing people to talk for free to anyone else on the planet. All they need is a device with a Skype client that is connected to the internet. Another thing I love is the people. Everyone is very highly skilled and there's a real mix of different cultures and nationalities.

Life outside work?

I like travelling, hiking, skiing, photography and various sports.

Mike O Callaghan

Education

I attended the Henley Business School of Management in the UK. That was sixteen years after leaving school, and I gained an MBA-based qualification. I didn't go to university when younger - I started working at 17 - but I haven't ruled out studying for a degree later in life.

Previous Employers

My career has focused on managing call centers and contact centers. I began in banking, which was a little boring, but I did get involved in the successful launch of smile.co.uk, the country's first full internet bank. Then I ran the pan-European contact center operations for Eurostar, before joining Sykes, a major business process outsourcing firm. There I got to work with great brands like Dell, BT and Lexmark.

What do I do at Skype?

I manage our outsource partnerships, making sure the right contracts and agreements are in place. It's all about balancing value with performance, and making sure the Skype culture is embedded across our partner organizations.

Why did I move to Skype?

I thought it was one of the most exciting, current and fastest growing companies in the world. The brand advocacy that exists out there is amazing. I loved the software too, and what it does to connect people. I'd used it a lot to keep in touch with my family when I was travelling for my work. So it was fantastic to join the team that makes it all possible.

What do I love about working here?

The energy and the pace. It's the fastest-moving, most dynamic place I've ever worked. It's also very close knit, highly international and genuinely supportive. We all achieve more than the sum of our parts through dedication, world-changing ideas and a great spirit. It's a potent combination when you marry that to very clever engineers and exceptional products.

Life outside of Skype?

I'm married with two awesome kids, plus we've got two dogs, a cat, a tortoise and two gerbils! We all moved to Luxembourg recently, although we also have a house close to the beach back in Kent, UK. I'm very family orientated and we enjoy the outdoors. I love to play tennis, enjoy walking and I cycle to work as often as I can. Lastly, I'm a "Gooner" (which means I support Arsenal Football Club).

Magnus Hiie

Education

I took Computer Science and Business Administration courses towards degrees from Tallinn Technical University, Estonian Business School and Tartu University.

Previous Employers

  • Helmes (software consultancy), Tallinn
  • Ekspress Group (Estonia's largest publishing company), Tallinn

What do I do at Skype?

During my time at Skype I've worked as an architect on a number of different peer-to-peer projects, most notably in designing the network architecture underlying multi-party video. At the moment I'm an architect in the Core Web services group, working to connect the worlds of peer-to-peer and web.

Why did I move to Skype?

I'd always wanted to contribute to a major software product. And then my friends at Skype told me how awesome it is here!

What do I love about working here?

At Skype I'm always solving challenges and tackling interesting problems. There are no dull moments. I'm given real freedom to contribute to the success of the company - and I appreciate the way I'm recognized for those contributions.

Life outside of Skype?

I play golf and I like to travel. When I have spare moments with a computer, I also like to read about (and play with) different programming languages and formal methods.

Andrey Smirnov

Education

  • MSc Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics, Moscow State University, Russia

Previous Employers

  • Qik (aquired by Skype)
  • NetStream (developed "Russian YouTube")
  • Moscow State University (teaching, Ph.D. student)

What you do at Skype?

I'm leading the Qik Web development team. My team is responsible for all the server-side Qik APIs (except for actual media storage and processing), qik.com website, embedded versions, delivering real-time notifications to mobile devices, etc.

Why did I move to Skype?

Qik has been aquired by Skype, and I really love this fact. Qik and Skype are on the same page in terms of product goals, and being part of larger company is really cool. And of course, I've been using Skype for a long time under Windows, Linux and Mac. Skype has always been the only way for me to connect with my friends living in other countries and do multi-point chats with my colleagues at work.

What do I love about working here?

I really love working together with really smart people, solving complex challenges coming from mobile nature of Qik product.I'm mostly involved in server-side development, but still we need to optimize for mobile usage, optimize network algorithms both on server and client side. And last but not the least is Skype scale: developing and supporting products which are used by hundreds millions of users is a fantastic opportunity.

Life outside of Skype?

Having fun with my two young kids, canoe trips.

Maxim

Education

Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, Computer Science, M.Sc. (1996), Ph.D. (2001)

Previous Employers

I came to Skype when Qik was acquired in 2011. At Qik. I was the Engineering VP and before that I worked in a start-up called VPN.RU as CDO/CTO and co-founder.

What do you do?

I lead the Async portfolio client teams in Moscow. The teams are working on great features like Video Messaging and other cool products for all Skype clients.

Why did you join?

Actually, it was a great opportunity for a start-up like Qik to bring technology and expertise into Skype and then into Microsoft, as well as bring this “super-fast-time-to-market” start-up spirit and enthusiasm. This and the opportunity to ship new features to all Skype/Microsoft users was, and still is, super exciting.

What do you love about working here?

To me it’s about people. There are people in the company who are exceptionally smart. And we keep hiring smart people who make a big difference.

Life outside work:

If I’m not working then it’s likely that I’m with the kids and family. Or I might be cycling, taking photos, travelling or trout fishing. :)

Stefan K.O. Strömmer

Education

  • Technical Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Previous Employers

  • Sound Precision AB (loudspeaker systems design engineer)
  • Uppsala University (course assistant)
  • Strömmer Electronics (self-employed)

What do I do at Skype?

As an audio quality engineer, I'm responsible for optimizing and improving the end to-end audio experience. I design tools for automation and quality measurements and contribute innovations to the modules that are critical to the audio experience: the voice quality enhancer, the speech codec, the transport/network and UI.

Why did I move to Skype?

The job fit was close to perfect. And the ambition of the company to be the best at what it does was really important to me.

What do I love about working here?

We're making a difference to the world, changing how people commute and communicate. This has a real impact on so many lives. I've heard several touching stories of what Skype means to individual families - keeping them close and together, even when they're far away.

Life outside of Skype?

I like to explore. Now and then I'll organize a nice event for my friends, like a snow mobile trip or a deep sea fishing tour. I also play squash, go road racing, hike, eat good food... and just experience life with my lovely girlfriend.

Meelik Gornoi

Education

  • MSc Management of Production, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • BSc Information Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Ektaco AS (Software Developer)

What do I do at Skype?

Officially I'm a Software Engineer, developing the Skype client for Windows. Besides that, I'm like the right hand of our team lead, acting as the main contact for technical issues - both for other product teams in Skype and also for external partners. I take care of the hundreds of different builds we generate every month, as well as for the branching and continuous integration policies in our team.

Why did I move to Skype?

When I came back from Sweden, I was looking for a challenging new job. Skype provided exactly that.

What do I love about working here?

We've been changing the world - and we'll continue to do that. It's just so enormously satisfying knowing you've created something that 50 million people are using every day. Wow... And you never get bored: things are always changing and always challenging you.

Life outside of Skype?

Lots of sports. Basketball, running, skiing, adventure racing. Plus chess, bridge and theatre. I watch plays as often as possible.

Alexy Pikin

Education

  • Engineer degree in Computer Science applied to Economics

Previous Employers

  • Qik (aquired by Skype)
  • Spirit DSP
  • Kami Sever

What you do at Skype?

I am leading Streaming Grid team. We handle media receiving, storing, processing and improving, broadcasting and distribution.

What do I love about working here?

I love competition at the top of edge, I love to see happy faces of people using our products, I love to be surrounded by world-class professionals, I love to build the future.

Life outside of Skype?

Traveling, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing and other xtreme activities

Manhattan

New York City is the home of GroupMe, now a part of the Skype family. We're currently hiring people who love and believe in the product and have excelled in areas they're passionate about. We admire individuals with ambition, confidence, bold opinions, and talent. We work in a casual, collaborative environment at an awesome office near Union Square. There's a ping pong table and a pinball machine and plenty of free food and drinks. It's sunny and comfortable in here. You'll love it.

We offer competitive salaries, employee stock options and benefits, and an opportunity to be an integral part of something big. Plus fun. Lots of fun. If you think you'd be a good fit, let us know! We can't wait to meet you.

Jeremy Schoenherr

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, BSE Computer Engineering

Previous Employers

Intel, Doubleclick, Screaming Media, Major League Baseball, Hot Potato

What do you do at GroupMe?

I develop for iOS

Why did you move to GroupMe?

I liked their product and the people creating it. They made me laugh and I knew GroupMe would be something I would use every single day, which is rare. I don't even shower every day.

What do you love about working here?

I love working on something that I use, and I know would be useful to anyone that wants to communicate with a group of people. It's simple. You don't have to convince people why it's useful. It's also a fantastic team led by some inspiring people. To state it bluntly: It rarely feels like work.

Life outside of GroupMe?

I help organize a monthly meetup of creative types (whether tech/art/whatever) called the North Brooklyn Breakfast Club. It's a great way for people to talk about what they do and to get a good sense of the great things coming out of the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area. I also like photography and putting way too much time into what I wear. I probably spend 3 or 4 minutes a day deciding. I used to play guitar a lot, now I make sure it's propped up in the apartment to look like I just put it down before you arrived. I also work on some side projects, some of which see light of day, some of which are just exercises.

Skype Engineering Jobs

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Tokyo

Japan is a leading nation in technology, scientific research machinery and biomedical research. At the centre is Tokyo, with the largest metropolitan area in the world with over 30 million residents. In such a high-tech country, it's not difficult to find interesting and advance gadgets or devices being incorporated into daily life.

Not your usual business set-up, our office is housed within an apartment which is attracting attention and getting popular use for business set up in Tokyo. The homely environment fosters a warm and welcome ambience among our employees as well as visitors. Currently our small and cosy team focuses specifically on marketing development and partnership management as we push the marketing activities within the Japan market. With the business constantly expanding we are always looking to add new blood to the team.

Moscow

We love having the lush surroundings of the forest on our doorstep and the vibrant history and culture of Moscow nearby. There's a competitive foosball and ping pong scene in our office and we enjoy regular friendly competitions. We work with colleagues across all our locations and many of our team focus on the asynchronous communication scenarios for our flagship products.

Tallinn

We're a sociable bunch and enjoy regular get togethers as well as indulging our passion for outdoor events - tennis, water polo, skiing. motor racing clubs just to whet your appetite. We're an international company, so don't be surprised if your scrum session includes colleagues from around the world.

London

Within Waterhouse Square, we occupy three floors stuffed with the latest cutting edge technologies and no shortage of places to connect, create and innovate. It’s home to fantastic teams such as program (product) management, design and software engineering and testing, who work on projects like migrating to the Cloud, our web client and Big Data.

Our central chill out space offers free breakfast and lunch as well as table football, ping pong, pool and Xbox if you fancy thrashing your colleagues after a hard day’s work. And if you’re looking for adventure simply head out in any direction to explore the local area. Enjoy lunch in one of the many local parks, sample Leather Lane’s food and coffee shops, or hit the stylish restaurants of Clerkenwell and beyond.

Redmond

We’ve got shops and restaurants on campus, as well as useful touches like dry cleaners and car washing to make your day that little bit easier. And our art collection has 4,000 works for you to discover. As you’d expect our offices are open plan, and you’ll find all the foosball and video games you need to enjoy a bit of down time with your colleagues. With so much natural beauty, sport, culture and personality you won’t be surprised that the Seattle area is ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S.

Stockholm

A city on water, Stockholm is perched upon 14 islands with an archipelago boasting over 2400 more. Natural beauty aside, it's known for its architecture, parks and lively nightlife, which comes into its own in the summertime when everyone takes advantage of the long summer nights. Our award winning office is in a beautiful converted brewery and is the centre of excellence for Real Time Media.

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Prague

Our office has all the comforts you'd expect, with comfortable communal areas, foosball to let off steam and a well stocked fridge. We often head out of the office for lunch together, so you'll get to enjoy the fantastic value the many restaurants of the city have to offer. We work alongside our colleagues around the world on projects like Skype.com, the Lync web app and ensuring Skype provides our users with the best possible service.

Luxembourg

Skype's Global headquarters is situated in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg where we enjoy one of the highest standards of living in Europe. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by The Economist magazine, we have the fourth highest quality of life in the world. Work here and you'll soon see why - very low tax rates, low crime rate and a great place for families - what more could you ask for?

Late last year we moved into our brand new state-of-the-art offices and we couldn't be happier. As a major hub for our senior executives and key location for our finance and business operations teams, our new home has been designed to encourage inspiration, innovation and professional development.

Luxembourg offers a wide variety of landscapes and tourist attractions. It's a charming place, with traditional villages and sun-drenched hillsides covered with grapevines. And when you're located in the centre of Europe between Belgium, France and Germany, you can fly to more than 50 European cities in the blink of an eye!

Singapore

A bustling cosmopolitan city, Singapore embodies the finest of the East and West. Its diverse population contributes to a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture and while English is classified as the main language, there is a mother tongue for each major ethnicity. Although small in size, Singapore has one of the fastest growing economies and is a lead player in International trade and finance, making it a perfect port for our Asia Pacific Headquarters.

Working closely with the other two Asia-based Skype teams in Japan and Hong Kong, we coordinate business and functional activities across the region serving Greater China, Japan, Australia, Korea and other emerging markets. This is a pretty exciting development as we continue to expand Skype's business around the world.

We have a small yet dynamic team of different nationalities and races, which gives rise to our unique culture and fun in the office. While we have built the main infrastructure as a regional office, we are inviting talent from different areas of expertise to accelerate our growth in the region.

Palo Alto

And when you need to recharge we have outdoor terraces to enjoy the Californian sunshine, or you can challenge your friends to a game of pool or foosball. Did we mention we're a dog friendly office too? We work on projects across Skype, so whatever your background, if you share our passion for delivering fantastic products, you'll fit right in.

Hong Kong

Known for its expansive skyline, Hong Kong is the world's most vertical city. Due to its dense population the city continues to grow upwards rather than outwards and is an ever-changing smorgasbord of modern architecture. As one of the world's leading international financial hubs, Hong Kong has an economy characterised by low taxation and free trade and ranks highly for quality of life, economic freedom and transport infrastructure. While Hong Kong's official language is Cantonese, English is also considered as an official language and you'll find most communications displaying both Chinese and English.

Our Hong Kong office is a strategic location, being the gateway to mainland China and within close proximity of Taiwan. Being members of the APAC organization our Skype team works hard to promote Skype business and products to the local and Greater China markets and currently, we are looking to expand the team in line with business growth.

Alexey Kozhanov

Education

  • Engineer degree in Computer Science applied to Psychology.

Previous Employers

  • Software Technologies
  • SDB CS

What you do at Skype?

I am engineer in the iPhone team. We are working on creating mobile real-time video streaming application.

Why did I move to Skype?

I was looking for an opportunity to work on great software and learn something new.

What do I love about working here?

There is an atmosphere of trust and fun all around the company There are a lot of highly-motivated professionals around me Things we are doing are really great and helpful for people

Tero Hurskainen

Education

  • BBA International Marketing, Turku Business College, Finland
  • Master of Social Sciences, Sociology, Criminology, Crime Prevention, Abo Akademi University, Finland.

Previous Employers

  • Before joining Skype, I worked in the security business and industrial engineering management. I've been an IT project manager since 1997.

What do I do at Skype?

I'm the engineering manager responsible for delivering Skype on Apple iOS devices.

Why did I move to Skype?

I was incredibly excited to get the opportunity to join Skype - and I'm still excited to be here. The technology is unique and the possibilities are endless.

What do I love about working here?

I interact with a genuinely international crowd on a daily basis - and they're all highly professional and intelligent. I learn something new every day. I get to use most of the seven languages I know every day too! As a team, we get to be the first people in the world to create things, and then to put in place the conventions that other people will follow. I feel like I'm working at the very tip of the top - and it's a great feeling to be surrounded by such talented people.

Life outside of Skype?

Busy! I raise a family in an international setting. I'm a national-level competition shooter and range officer. I'm a registered firearms instructor, volunteering my time to train people for the Estonian civil defense, the police force and for sports. I love to cook with friends, to enjoy a good meal and a song. Inspirational discussion and debate brings out my tiny (but vocal!) inner sociologist. I used to record and produce music as a hobby, but recently I've put that time into dabbling with photography instead. Actually, there's a running joke about photography at Skype. In the early days, everyone interviewing for a job was allegedly a photo enthusiast... And certainly there are plenty of really skilled colleagues to ask for hints on that perfect exposure.



Turochas "T" Fuad

Education

  • BBA, University Texas at Austin, USA

Previous Employers

  • Sun Microsystems, Inc. (USA)
  • WUF Networks, Inc. (USA)
  • Yahoo!, Inc. (USA, Singapore)

What you do at Skype?

I look after market and business development efforts for Skype in the Asia Pacific region. APAC is the fastest growing market for Skype and it is my job to ensure that we make our communication solution a huge success in this region. Most recently, I led and launched a mobile partnership with KDDI to make Skype available to the second largest mobile network in Japan. Based out of the Singapore office, I have been with Skype for close to two years.

Why did I move to Skype?

I have been a fan of Skype for many years now and love the fact that it's a disruptive technology – one that can change the industry in a significant way. It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of that, especially when the role is all about expanding the brand to the new emerging markets across Asia.

What do I love about working here?

There are several factors but it boils down to the philosophy and people at Skype. The company's vision to be THE global communication service provider is one that is not only admirable, but also very achievable. This is largely due to the people behind the company, all the way from the leadership to the working team. We are a diverse group, super ambitious and love to be challenged. On a personal level, I am completely motivated to make Skype a huge success in Asia and we have a great opportunity to make that happen. Lots of work ahead, but it is terribly exciting!

Life outside of Skype?

I play golf (badly). Love to scuba dive (best diving spots in Southeast Asia). Most recently, leaning how to play the guitar (long overdue).

Andrew Sinclair

Education

  • BSc Information Technology, University of Staffordshire, UK

Previous Employers

  • Before joining Skype in 2000, I spent 15 years at Microsoft following the acquisition of my UK-based network management startup. I was based in Seattle, first working as a developer on Windows and then moving on to become the lead program manager for Exchange 2000 Server. My last roles had more of a general management focus - so I ran the Unified Communications Client Group and the business units for archiving and for Exchange Hosted Services (FrontBridge) email spam.

What do I do at Skype?

I manage all of Skype Enterprise's engineering and product management. That means I'm responsible for defining and delivering the products that Skype offers organizations in order to make collaboration across geographical and business boundaries a possibility.

Why did I move to Skype?

I spent 15 years helping Microsoft deliver some great products that really changed people's lives - products like home networking in Windows XP and, of course, Office Communicator and Live Meeting. When the time came to try something new and take on some real challenges, I wanted to go somewhere that would allow me to have a positive impact on people's lives. I wanted to develop products that people love and products that embody the way the internet has changed the world. All that, added to my background, made Skype the perfect fit.

What do I love about working here?

We live the Skype life. We're a global company with no boundaries, so not only do we build Skype but we depend on it to run the business. It's how we collaborate and how we embrace the many different cultures, locations and flexible work patterns. The work environment is unlike anything I've seen before. Every day, I work closely with people in London, Tallinn and California, so my life is made possible by the kind of technologies we develop. Without them I wouldn't be able to maintain all my work and personal connections. It's a vision of life we've been predicting for years - and it's here today.

Life outside of Skype?

I have family here in the US and in England. I love to ski and snowboard. I'm amazed at how quickly my children, even though they are young, are becoming independent and how easily they challenge me.

Vladimir Trebicky

Education

  • Master's degree, Computer Science, FEE, Czech Technical University, Prague

Previous Employers

  • Google
  • Seznam.cz

What you do at Skype?

I started as a C++ software engineer in the backend team, working mainly on SkypeOut/SkypeIn call signalling. Since then a whole team was created around the calling infrastructure. Now we maintain a whole bunch of backend servers running in our datacenters, handling signalling, media and various related services such as Voicemail, SkypeConnect etc.

Why did I move to Skype?

I was always impressed by the peer-to-peer architecture Skype is built on. Plus, as far as I remember, Skype remains the only computer program that was never cracked :-) Also it was clear that - among other things - Skype is a company that fills a huge gap on the market, allowing its users to call people on the other side of the planet for the same (or better) price and quality as if it was next door. All of the above made it an easy decision - plus the offices in Prague are pretty wonderful.

What do I love about working here?

Even though it's one of the greatest technology innovators in the world, Skype can still preserve that special startup atmosphere. So we're working on software that provides a service to millions, but we still feel like we're just playing with things we love: we design, we code, we explore new technologies.

Life outside of Skype?

Jazz and classical guitar. Singing. Squash. Tango. Skiing.

Delphine Bernard

Education

  • Master's in Business Engineering

Previous Employers

  • Accenture
  • Newell Rubbermaid

What do I do at Skype?

Senior Manager - Finance Reporting & Accounting

Why did I move to Skype?

I was excited by the chance to be a part of this great company. It has completely changed the way people communicate.

What do I love about working here?

The days are never the same. This is a challenging environment and I love working with such dynamic people.

Life outside of Skype?

I'm a keen traveler. Whenever possible, I'll take off my high heels and slip on a pair of trekking shoes in search of faraway lands.

Renat Vafin

Education

  • PhD Acoustic Signal Processing, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • MSc Digital Communication Systems and Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Electrical Engineering, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
  • Tallinn Technical University

What do I do at Skype?

I work on signal processing algorithms for both audio and video. My role is all about making things sound and look as good as possible over the internet. In particular, I work on coding and robustness against communication channel imperfections, such as packet losses and variable delay.

Why did I move to Skype?

I always wanted to return back to Estonia upon completing the Ph.D. work in Sweden. And there was Skype that offered interesting and challenging work, where my interests, knowledge, and skills fit perfectly.

What do I love about working here?

I told this story once, and I'm sure I'll tell it again. I was visiting the student dorm in Stockholm, where I used to live during my PhD. It was nice to meet old friends and new people. One girl approached me and said, "I must tell you that I'm in love..." I thought, "Wait a minute, we just met..." And then she continued, "... with Skype." Well, it wasn't what I was expecting maybe, but still cool :)

Another time, on Christmas Eve, we set up a Skype video call between my girlfriend's mother and her relatives in Ukraine. When they saw the video, they became very happy and started clapping. After some time they were drinking and singing over the internet. I have to tell you, my work feels really nice during those moments.

And if all that is not enough, it's just cool to work at Skype. A lot of smart, talented, fun people work here. And we do a lot of things together outside of the office - sports, partying, travelling.

Life outside of Skype?

Family, sport, traveling.

Philippe Bernard

Education

  • MSc Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Previous Employers

  • Consulting Infolink - Paris, Prague (Project Management in Software Development, People Management, Business Division and Operations Management)
  • Alten Technologies - Paris (Software Engineering, CMM improvement initiatives for embedded real-time software quality processes)

What do I do at Skype?

I joined Skype almost four years ago to establish our Development Center in Prague. Now I'm looking after the day-to-day operations of our Prague site and further developing the site too. But Skype's the kind of company where you can jump on new challenges and take ownership of things you're interested in. So at the moment I have two parallel roles - one as the general manager of the Prague site, the other as a Senior Program Manager in Global Engineering Business Operations. This role involves creating, leading and supporting cross-organizational initiatives that help align our engineering function with Skype's business strategy.

Why did I move to Skype?

I moved to Skype for its sexy technology and absolutely awesome products. Skype enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, and to send instant messages and files to other Skype users. Every single day, people also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. I just wanted to be a part of changing the world of communications. I was also impressed by Skype's unique culture, its unique position in the internet industry and its presence on the global market.

What do I love about working here?

Among all the things I love at Skype, it's the diversity of people in the teams that's the best thing for me. Working with really bright and inspirational individuals challenges me every day to bring new ideas to life. And that makes the experience of being at Skype very special. On the top of that, the actual work environment is really unique: very cool, motivational, dynamic and fast-paced. The huge flow of innovative work makes me feel as challenged and motivated today as on my first day at Skype, even after almost four years of duty :-)

Life outside of Skype?

My family, golfing, skiing, practicing ballroom and Latin dance, music, playing piano, good wine, good beer... and good food too.



Stella Shi

Education

  • BSc Computer Science, Hunan University, China
  • MSc of Communications Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • MBA, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, HK

Previous Employers

  • Motorola

What you do at Skype?

I've been with Skype almost three years now and am responsible for business development and managing the local key partnerships within Greater China region. I'm also engaged in partners' activities at the strategic and operational levels and help Skype HQ to rollout the global deals within the Greater China region.

Why did I move to Skype?

I started using Skype to communicate with my parents and friends back in 2003. We really enjoyed the good quality of calling & video chat. After I finished my MBA, I knew I wanted to join a young and fast growing company so I decided to join Skype. Even though it was a small company at the time, Skype was ambitious and has really grown since then. It enables people all over the world to communicate and I’m really excited to be a part of the team.

What do I love about working here?

Skype is a young, fun and creative company. The company’s mission and culture have a big influence on all its employees. It stimulates passion, imagination and enthusiasm. I love all the people who I work with. People are from different countries and backgrounds and we help each other - sharing our technology knowledge, as well as life experiences. We work hard to bring more and more new and great products/services to our users all over the world. We also play hard when we get together!

Life outside of Skype?

Travel, Hiking, Aerobics, Music, Latin Dance.

Gergely

Education

  • MSc Computer Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Also studied abroad as part of an exchange program at University of New Hampshire, NH, USA

Previous Employers

Developer at Scott Logic, a financial consultancy and as a front office developer at JP Morgan. Before joining Skype I was self employed, building apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

What do you do?

I'm a software development engineer on the Skype for Xbox One team. I mostly work on the user interface of the application - which means interacting with a lot of product managers and designers to plan the look and feel of a feature in the app, and working closely with the rest of the development and test team to code and test the feature before shipping.

Why did you join?

I'm passionate about building products with high impact, and there are few products that impact people more than Skype. I was also very excited to have the opportunity to build the next generation Skype experience on a brand new platform, Xbox One – which has been even more challenging and fun than I originally imagined.

What do you love about working here?

I love how there are so many opportunities to make an impact at a team, product or organizational level and you get lots of support and help from managers and peers to try new, promising approaches. For example on my project, even though we were on a tight schedule, I was encouraged to experiment with different implementations to parts of the UI, and as a result of my prototyping work we ended up implementing a different design.

I also never realized until working here what an incredible pool of people and resources you have access to inside Microsoft. When I ran into a limitation of a Windows 8 control, in a matter of hours I was able to talk with members of the team who designed this component, who then offered me advice on workarounds and incorporated my feedback in the next version of the control.

Life outside work

I develop applications for mobile in my free time as a hobby and am a member of a masters swimming club to keep in shape.

Wesley

Education

I attended San Jose State University in San Jose, CA and I studied Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

Previous Employers

Before I worked for Microsoft, I was working for a mobile video start-up company called Qik which was acquired by Skype and then subsequently purchased by Microsoft. Within a 12 month period I went from working in a start-up with roughly 60 people to a global corporation.

What do you do?

I work as a product specialist, which sits in customer support for the Skype product. At the moment my role primarily focuses on looking after customer support on our social channels such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. I work in collaboration with the online support team on bringing a better overall customer support experience to all of our users.

Why did you join?

I chose to join Microsoft because I wanted to be apart of a company with a history of innovation, strong market presence, and great business direction. I wanted to work for a company that is globally known for their business as well as their charity/philanthropy.

What do you love about working here?

The best part of working for Microsoft is truly the people. I am genuinely happy to come into work and spend my day with intelligent, driven, fun people. The people I’ve met and had the pleasure of working with have been a blessing to me in my career progression.

Life outside work:

Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy travelling, playing sports such as: basketball, softball, football, snowboarding. I also like reading and learning about technology, gadgets, architecture, design, and photography.



Daisuke Iino

Education

  • B.E. Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics, University of Tokyo, Japan

Previous Employers

  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan
  • Panasonic Automotive Systems Company
  • Panasonic Corporation

What you do at Skype?

I joined Skype in December, 2010 and am based in Tokyo, Japan. I'm currently working as a Launch Project Manager for KDDI. My main responsibility is to make sure Skype thin client is preloaded on all planned KDDI devices while working as a main interface toward KDDI, covering time, risk, issue and change request management. I work closely with the Mobile engineering team and make sure all the processes work properly and efficiently.

Why did I move to Skype?

I simply liked the idea that Skype envisions a world where communication flows like water. Skype allows you to communicate whenever, wherever and however you like. It has the power to bring lots of smiles to people through communication services. I also found that Skype technology is very unique based on P2P technology with disruptive innovation, which has high scalability, robustness and fault tolerance. I see Skype as a game-changing, technology driven company and see a big opportunity to help improve the way people communicate.

What do I love about working here?

Firstly, it's about being appreciated by people. Due to Skype's offerings of free S2S call and low-pricing international call to PSTN and mobile, people simply appreciate what Skype is doing. I feel pride in my work, which gives me lots of motivation for working here and for helping to improve people’s daily communication. Secondly, it's about great people working here – it's a truly global company with a really diverse culture.

Life outside of Skype?

My ten year old daughter. Two year old dog. Snowboarding. Music. Weekend jogging.

Kasia Holsting

Education

  • Hugo Treffner Gymnasium, Tartu, Estonia
  • Applied Architecture, Tallinn University of Applied Sciences (unfinished), Estonia
  • Graphic Design, Estonian Academy of Arts (unfinished), Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Elion Enterprises Ltd
  • Salonshop Baltic AS

What do I do at Skype?

I work for the customer support department as the customer support training specialist, specializing in billing and payments topics. Basically anything related to Skype products, from purchase onwards, goes through me. I turn the logic of engineers and architects and website magicians into what is understandable for our customer support - trying to map the problems that might occur once the customer has tried using our products.

I've also had the opportunity to help set up the initial training team for customer support, to create training materials content and the very first internal information center. My job allows me to travel to many different locations in Europe and Asia - and it's also given me great insight into the workings of different payment providers, banks and credit card issuers. I've learnt so much about money and how it relates to Skype.

Why did I move to Skype?

To be honest, in the beginning it was mainly for the new challenge, and because I wanted to practice my English. Plus, a young and creative kindergarten-type startup company felt exactly right for me at the time. I was also very curious about the work environment here - I'd heard there were dogs in the office and I wanted to know if they really existed! Once I joined I liked it so much that I stayed - now I'm in my sixth year.

What do I love about working here?

Most of all Skype, is about the people who work here. All those multi-talented, passionate, fun-loving people - young and old. They share one true and honest goal, to make the most out of Skype. If you see people sticking together at tough times for days, trying to fix things that have gone wrong, supporting each other at hours when other people sleep, then you can't help being passionate about something as fascinating as Skype.

What makes it all even more interesting is the fact that the people who work in Skype are not your average IT guys. People are very talented in their work, but they have many interesting hobbies outside the office. I can't name the amount of times I've been surprised to discover a colleague is a disk jockey, a cartoon artist, or a wind surfer. Or that the guy sitting next to me in customer support plays the guitar or sings in a band that's quite well known in Estonia. It's an interesting place to be.

Sometimes coming to work feels like being reunited with my little extended family. We share our lives, and don't need to feel restrained by the formalities of a normal corporate company. In fact, don't be surprised if you're trying to tackle a complicated programming challenge, only to be interrupted by a three year old toddler, a grey husky and an orange kitten running past you. And yes, that's actually happened here!

Life outside of Skype?

My two great passions are arts - graphic design, drawing, painting - and music. I sing, write lyrics, play the piano and do some acting in a local university musical theatre. Occasionally, even after hours of writing training materials, I still take the time to write some poems or update my blog. I can't forget to mention the fact that there's hardly a person in Skype that changes their hair as often as I do :P

Alan Hawrylyshen

Education

  • Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada

Previous Employers

  • Ditech Networks (Director, Strategic Technology Application) asasassasasasas
  • Jasomi Networks (Chief Technology Officer)
  • Raytheon Systems Canada Limited (air traffic control software development and special technical projects)
  • Hughes Aircraft (air traffic control software development)
  • Various oil & gas companies (supercomputing support & engineering services administration)

What do I do at Skype?

I'm the Director of Platform Products & Engineering - SkypeKit

Why did I move to Skype?

To change the world, to touch people, and to help them communicate. Just as importantly, to do something I can explain to my mother in less than five minutes.

What do I love about working here?

That we make the world much smaller and more intimate.

Life outside of Skype?

I'm a qualified telemark ski instructor. I don't instruct at the moment, but I still love my telemark skiing. Apart from that, I like to ride high-performance motorcycles and fly light aircraft. I'm also an avid amateur photographer who likes to mess around with radio equipment.

Stefan K.O. Strömmer

Education

  • Technical Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Previous Employers

  • Sound Precision AB (loudspeaker systems design engineer)
  • Uppsala University (course assistant)
  • Strömmer Electronics (self-employed)

What do I do at Skype?

As an audio quality engineer, I'm responsible for optimizing and improving the end to-end audio experience. I design tools for automation and quality measurements and contribute innovations to the modules that are critical to the audio experience: the voice quality enhancer, the speech codec, the transport/network and UI.

Why did I move to Skype?

The job fit was close to perfect. And the ambition of the company to be the best at what it does was really important to me.

What do I love about working here?

We're making a difference to the world, changing how people commute and communicate. This has a real impact on so many lives. I've heard several touching stories of what Skype means to individual families - keeping them close and together, even when they're far away.

Life outside of Skype?

I like to explore. Now and then I'll organize a nice event for my friends, like a snow mobile trip or a deep sea fishing tour. I also play squash, go road racing, hike, eat good food... and just experience life with my lovely girlfriend.

Andrus Aidla

Education

I graduated from the Police Academy and studied Law at the University of Tartu in Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Before joining Skype, I served more than 14 years at various law enforcement agencies in Estonia.

What do I do at Skype?

I work in the Legal department, as the Head of Law Enforcement Relations. My main focus is managing Skype's interaction with law enforcement and governmental security officials across the world.

Why did I move to Skype?

It was an exciting prospect, working for a company that has so positively impacted on the lives of millions of people globally.

What do I love about working here?

This is a great environment to work in, plus it's great working alongside such talented and passionate people!

Life outside of Skype?

Living in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg means there are so many exciting opportunities nearby. You're only a few hours away from Paris or the Alps, and I make the most of that as often as I can.

Sergey Sablin

Education

  • MSc Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics, Tomsk State University, Russia

Previous Employers

  • Elecard
  • Mainconcept

What do I do at Skype?

I'm an engineer in the video team, where we all work on creating better quality videoconferencing.

Why did I move to Skype?

I've used Skype for a long time and I've always loved it. For some time, it was the only way to talk face-to-face with my relatives and friends, because I was living thousands of miles from home. I was really interested in the opportunity to make Skype even better, to help to improve the quality of communication, so that many more people could use it every day.

What do I love about working here?

The highly fragmented world of IP videoconferencing creates many interesting and complex challenges. Solving any of them helps a lot of people around the globe too. Best of all, I work on these tasks with really talented and motivated colleagues.

Life outside of Skype?

Most of my time is spent with my two young twin daughters. When I have spare time, I love to read books.

Jindra

Education

Master degree in Computer Science. That wasn’t enough so I did a deep dive into algorithms for computer graphics and visualization and finished that with PhD.

Previous Employers

  • Building a CAD software for land surveyors.
  • One startup (ad)venture.

What do I do?

Officially I am a Lead Software Development Engineer, developing Skype for Windows desktop client and Skype for Windows 8 client. In Windows desktop it means old good Delphi on top of old good Win32, in Windows 8 it means Javascript, HTML, CSS and C++ on top of new WinRT API. But it's not all about writing code, it's also about planning, estimating, documenting, and communicating with team members, designers, product managers and testers.

Why did I join?

Initially, because it was one of very few companies hiring Delphi developers ;-). Also because I was a bit curious what else that needed to be done within the Skype product portfolio given all the new opportunities following the Microsoft acquisition. Last but not least I wanted to work in an international tech company which builds great product everybody knows and loves.

What do I love about working here?

What I like the most is the impact of my work - my code runs on hundreds of millions of devices, is used by hundreds of millions of users and ultimately is making this world seem smaller and a bit nicer place to live in. Working here also great learning opportunity – every day you can and in fact you have to learn. Also, as we are true multi-cultural family one not only develops professionally but also has a chance to meet colleagues of many different nationalities and cultures. Finally, in a way, you’re not really working for your manager, you’re working for your friends and family so that they can communicate easily between each other.

Life outside work?

Almost all taken by my daughter Anna. Otherwise sports – cycling, running and a bit of mountaineering.

Tim

Education

Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, ILB.S. in Computer Science, with heavy minor in Math

Previous Employers

I worked at a small company called Parlano (Chicago, IL) that was acquired by Microsoft in 2007. I had the good fortune to get to come along for the ride!

What do I do?

I am the Dev Lead for the “Asynchronous Communication Experience” team in the Lync Desktop Client. Basically, my team owns any form of communication in Lync that doesn’t require both you and the other person to be staring at your device at the same time (i.e. “Synchronous Communication Experiences”). Chat, persistent Group Chat rooms, File transfer, etc.

Why did I join?

It’s a great company and was a huge opportunity for me when I was asked to move from Chicago to Redmond. I had always worked in small and midsize companies and wanted to experience a MASSIVE company. Wish granted.

What do I love about working here?

Microsoft has teams that work on EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE and you can spend your entire career here doing what you love and moving whenever you need a change. How many companies can say that?

Life outside work?

Board games with family and/or co-workers. Reading about ancient civilizations. Investing in Real Estate. Life hasn’t been dull for a single day in the last 6 years.

Kristel

Education

MSc Infomatics, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Affecto Estonia

What do I do?

I'm lucky enough to be the quality engineer that looks after Skype on mobile devices. I specialise in Skype for iOS and Android, but I take part in assuring the quality of Skype for other operating systems too. My work involves managing testing (creating test plans, testing, automating, reporting, scoping, risk mitigation) to see how quality can be constantly improved.

Why did I join?

Well, I loved Skype as an application. Also I really wanted to be part of something big and exciting, ideally involving some travel. When I met the people here, I was impressed by how professional, multi-cultural and friendly the team is.

What do I love about working here?

It's never boring! My work life consists of training, meetings, international travel and company parties. All in all, pretty enjoyable!

Life outside work?

I love dancing (especially ballroom dancing), playing the piano, skating and reading. And since joining I've taken up snowboarding-my colleague introduced me on our team day out and I'm hooked!

Karsten

Education

  • MSc Computer Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • PhD Speech Signal Processing, Aalborg University, Denmark

Previous employers

  • Aalborg University
  • Sonorit

What do I do?

I work as a senior research and development engineer in the audio team. I take projects all the way from idea to ready-to-use fixed point C implementation. This involves simulations with early prototypes, algorithm development using Matlab, writing patents and internet drafts, programming in floating point C and (as the end result) fixed point C code. My main contributions have been to help create the acoustic echo canceller, the background noise reduction and the Silk speech codec, all of which are used in the Skype client for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android, SkypeKit and various TV products.

Why did I join?

I was offered a job at Skype when they acquired my previous employer, Sonorit. I took the chance to relocate to Stockholm to join Skype because it was a great opportunity to be a part of the world's leading VoIP. And of course, that meant the chance to improve call quality for millions of users.

What do I love about working here?

We're creating real change, allowing people to talk for free to anyone else on the planet. All they need is a device with a Skype client that is connected to the internet. Another thing I love is the people. Everyone is very highly skilled and there's a real mix of different cultures and nationalities.

Life outside work?

I like travelling, hiking, skiing, photography and various sports.

Mike O Callaghan

Education

I attended the Henley Business School of Management in the UK. That was sixteen years after leaving school, and I gained an MBA-based qualification. I didn't go to university when younger - I started working at 17 - but I haven't ruled out studying for a degree later in life.

Previous Employers

My career has focused on managing call centers and contact centers. I began in banking, which was a little boring, but I did get involved in the successful launch of smile.co.uk, the country's first full internet bank. Then I ran the pan-European contact center operations for Eurostar, before joining Sykes, a major business process outsourcing firm. There I got to work with great brands like Dell, BT and Lexmark.

What do I do at Skype?

I manage our outsource partnerships, making sure the right contracts and agreements are in place. It's all about balancing value with performance, and making sure the Skype culture is embedded across our partner organizations.

Why did I move to Skype?

I thought it was one of the most exciting, current and fastest growing companies in the world. The brand advocacy that exists out there is amazing. I loved the software too, and what it does to connect people. I'd used it a lot to keep in touch with my family when I was travelling for my work. So it was fantastic to join the team that makes it all possible.

What do I love about working here?

The energy and the pace. It's the fastest-moving, most dynamic place I've ever worked. It's also very close knit, highly international and genuinely supportive. We all achieve more than the sum of our parts through dedication, world-changing ideas and a great spirit. It's a potent combination when you marry that to very clever engineers and exceptional products.

Life outside of Skype?

I'm married with two awesome kids, plus we've got two dogs, a cat, a tortoise and two gerbils! We all moved to Luxembourg recently, although we also have a house close to the beach back in Kent, UK. I'm very family orientated and we enjoy the outdoors. I love to play tennis, enjoy walking and I cycle to work as often as I can. Lastly, I'm a "Gooner" (which means I support Arsenal Football Club).

Magnus Hiie

Education

I took Computer Science and Business Administration courses towards degrees from Tallinn Technical University, Estonian Business School and Tartu University.

Previous Employers

  • Helmes (software consultancy), Tallinn
  • Ekspress Group (Estonia's largest publishing company), Tallinn

What do I do at Skype?

During my time at Skype I've worked as an architect on a number of different peer-to-peer projects, most notably in designing the network architecture underlying multi-party video. At the moment I'm an architect in the Core Web services group, working to connect the worlds of peer-to-peer and web.

Why did I move to Skype?

I'd always wanted to contribute to a major software product. And then my friends at Skype told me how awesome it is here!

What do I love about working here?

At Skype I'm always solving challenges and tackling interesting problems. There are no dull moments. I'm given real freedom to contribute to the success of the company - and I appreciate the way I'm recognized for those contributions.

Life outside of Skype?

I play golf and I like to travel. When I have spare moments with a computer, I also like to read about (and play with) different programming languages and formal methods.

Andrey Smirnov

Education

  • MSc Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics, Moscow State University, Russia

Previous Employers

  • Qik (aquired by Skype)
  • NetStream (developed "Russian YouTube")
  • Moscow State University (teaching, Ph.D. student)

What you do at Skype?

I'm leading the Qik Web development team. My team is responsible for all the server-side Qik APIs (except for actual media storage and processing), qik.com website, embedded versions, delivering real-time notifications to mobile devices, etc.

Why did I move to Skype?

Qik has been aquired by Skype, and I really love this fact. Qik and Skype are on the same page in terms of product goals, and being part of larger company is really cool. And of course, I've been using Skype for a long time under Windows, Linux and Mac. Skype has always been the only way for me to connect with my friends living in other countries and do multi-point chats with my colleagues at work.

What do I love about working here?

I really love working together with really smart people, solving complex challenges coming from mobile nature of Qik product.I'm mostly involved in server-side development, but still we need to optimize for mobile usage, optimize network algorithms both on server and client side. And last but not the least is Skype scale: developing and supporting products which are used by hundreds millions of users is a fantastic opportunity.

Life outside of Skype?

Having fun with my two young kids, canoe trips.

Maxim

Education

Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology, Computer Science, M.Sc. (1996), Ph.D. (2001)

Previous Employers

I came to Skype when Qik was acquired in 2011. At Qik. I was the Engineering VP and before that I worked in a start-up called VPN.RU as CDO/CTO and co-founder.

What do you do?

I lead the Async portfolio client teams in Moscow. The teams are working on great features like Video Messaging and other cool products for all Skype clients.

Why did you join?

Actually, it was a great opportunity for a start-up like Qik to bring technology and expertise into Skype and then into Microsoft, as well as bring this “super-fast-time-to-market” start-up spirit and enthusiasm. This and the opportunity to ship new features to all Skype/Microsoft users was, and still is, super exciting.

What do you love about working here?

To me it’s about people. There are people in the company who are exceptionally smart. And we keep hiring smart people who make a big difference.

Life outside work:

If I’m not working then it’s likely that I’m with the kids and family. Or I might be cycling, taking photos, travelling or trout fishing. :)

Stefan K.O. Strömmer

Education

  • Technical Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Previous Employers

  • Sound Precision AB (loudspeaker systems design engineer)
  • Uppsala University (course assistant)
  • Strömmer Electronics (self-employed)

What do I do at Skype?

As an audio quality engineer, I'm responsible for optimizing and improving the end to-end audio experience. I design tools for automation and quality measurements and contribute innovations to the modules that are critical to the audio experience: the voice quality enhancer, the speech codec, the transport/network and UI.

Why did I move to Skype?

The job fit was close to perfect. And the ambition of the company to be the best at what it does was really important to me.

What do I love about working here?

We're making a difference to the world, changing how people commute and communicate. This has a real impact on so many lives. I've heard several touching stories of what Skype means to individual families - keeping them close and together, even when they're far away.

Life outside of Skype?

I like to explore. Now and then I'll organize a nice event for my friends, like a snow mobile trip or a deep sea fishing tour. I also play squash, go road racing, hike, eat good food... and just experience life with my lovely girlfriend.

Meelik Gornoi

Education

  • MSc Management of Production, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • BSc Information Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Previous Employers

  • Ektaco AS (Software Developer)

What do I do at Skype?

Officially I'm a Software Engineer, developing the Skype client for Windows. Besides that, I'm like the right hand of our team lead, acting as the main contact for technical issues - both for other product teams in Skype and also for external partners. I take care of the hundreds of different builds we generate every month, as well as for the branching and continuous integration policies in our team.

Why did I move to Skype?

When I came back from Sweden, I was looking for a challenging new job. Skype provided exactly that.

What do I love about working here?

We've been changing the world - and we'll continue to do that. It's just so enormously satisfying knowing you've created something that 50 million people are using every day. Wow... And you never get bored: things are always changing and always challenging you.

Life outside of Skype?

Lots of sports. Basketball, running, skiing, adventure racing. Plus chess, bridge and theatre. I watch plays as often as possible.

Alexy Pikin

Education

  • Engineer degree in Computer Science applied to Economics

Previous Employers

  • Qik (aquired by Skype)
  • Spirit DSP
  • Kami Sever

What you do at Skype?

I am leading Streaming Grid team. We handle media receiving, storing, processing and improving, broadcasting and distribution.

What do I love about working here?

I love competition at the top of edge, I love to see happy faces of people using our products, I love to be surrounded by world-class professionals, I love to build the future.

Life outside of Skype?

Traveling, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing and other xtreme activities

Manhattan

New York City is the home of GroupMe, now a part of the Skype family. We're currently hiring people who love and believe in the product and have excelled in areas they're passionate about. We admire individuals with ambition, confidence, bold opinions, and talent. We work in a casual, collaborative environment at an awesome office near Union Square. There's a ping pong table and a pinball machine and plenty of free food and drinks. It's sunny and comfortable in here. You'll love it.

We offer competitive salaries, employee stock options and benefits, and an opportunity to be an integral part of something big. Plus fun. Lots of fun. If you think you'd be a good fit, let us know! We can't wait to meet you.

Jeremy Schoenherr

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, BSE Computer Engineering

Previous Employers

Intel, Doubleclick, Screaming Media, Major League Baseball, Hot Potato

What do you do at GroupMe?

I develop for iOS

Why did you move to GroupMe?

I liked their product and the people creating it. They made me laugh and I knew GroupMe would be something I would use every single day, which is rare. I don't even shower every day.

What do you love about working here?

I love working on something that I use, and I know would be useful to anyone that wants to communicate with a group of people. It's simple. You don't have to convince people why it's useful. It's also a fantastic team led by some inspiring people. To state it bluntly: It rarely feels like work.

Life outside of GroupMe?

I help organize a monthly meetup of creative types (whether tech/art/whatever) called the North Brooklyn Breakfast Club. It's a great way for people to talk about what they do and to get a good sense of the great things coming out of the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area. I also like photography and putting way too much time into what I wear. I probably spend 3 or 4 minutes a day deciding. I used to play guitar a lot, now I make sure it's propped up in the apartment to look like I just put it down before you arrived. I also work on some side projects, some of which see light of day, some of which are just exercises.

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Interaction Designer - Skype.com - Skype Job London, GB Apr 15, 2014
Lead Software Development Engineer in Test – Async - Skype Job Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION Apr 8, 2014
Media Principal Software Development Engineer - Skype Job Redmond, WA, US Apr 11, 2014
Media Senior Software Development Engineer - Skype Job Redmond, WA, US Apr 11, 2014
Media Software Development Engineer - Skype Job Redmond, WA, US Apr 20, 2014
Media Software Development Engineer II - Skype Job Redmond, WA, US Apr 11, 2014
Operations Service Engineer, SMS Operations Job Tallinn, EE Mar 28, 2014
Principal Development Lead - Skype Job Palo Alto, CA, US Apr 10, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer - Services Job London, GB Apr 10, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer - Services Job Prague, CZ Apr 20, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer - User Tech Job London, GB Apr 10, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer - User Tech Job Prague, CZ Apr 20, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer – User Tech Job Tallinn, EE Apr 23, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer - Web Job Prague, CZ Apr 20, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer - Web Job London, GB Apr 10, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer in Test Manager – Async – Skype Job Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION Apr 8, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer, Client Job Stockholm, SE Apr 10, 2014
Principal Software Development Engineer, Services Job Tallinn, EE Apr 10, 2014
Principal Software Engineer, Media Job Tallinn, EE Apr 10, 2014
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