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Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström at London's Kingly Club on April 8, 2005. Photograph by Jonas Karlsson.

Skype's the Limit

Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis are the geek stars of "disruptive technology." First their file-sharing site, Kazaa, soared from Napster's ashes. Now the Scandinavian team has plans to rewire the planet—wirelessly—with Skype.

by Brett Forrest September 2005

Some people don't like change. Change doesn't much care.

But when you're the guys doing the changing, manners still count. Let them down easy. Speak in code, as if a kid were in the room. Refer to the pivotal event as the "Y meeting," and make sure no one is listening in. Have a quick look around the café, where the dark-goggled figures are staring blanks into the light.

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