Skype in 2011 = $8.5 billion, Apple in 2004 = $7.5 billion
Just a quick stat here pointed out by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, following Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of VoIP company Skype.
Roll back a mere seven years and Microsoft could have bought Apple for that much money, and still got $1 billion dollars worth of change from the transaction. The Cupertino company was worth just $7.5 billion, before its valuation sky-rocketed over the coming years.
Sure, you’d have to factor in inflation and the like, as well as the difficulty anyone would have had in predicting the astonishing success of the iphone, let alone iPad. But you cant help but feel Microsoft may have got a bit of a rough deal here.
For a full breakdown of Apple’s metoric rise to become a >$300billion dollar company, click here.