We use a lot of Skype internally and externally. Quite a lot. Google Hangouts--we’ve tried and used as well, if our client insisted on not using Skype, but Skype is our go to. I don’t like the interface redesign, but on the other hand I don’t care because it works. I didn’t mind the old one and I never had any issues, so I don’t know why they changed it.
Founder & Managing Partner - Clever Europe
In the past, Skype used to break a lot.
Founder & CEO - Postman
Skype is especially helpful when speaking with partners outside of the U.S. In a digital era, there is still nothing that competes with a face-to-face conversation, and Skype gets you one step closer.
Co-founder & CEO - Amper Music
We don’t like Skype but it’s essential for communicating internationally.
Founder & CEO - API Fortress
We use Skype for external communication.
Founder & CEO - Planify
We use Skype consistently for videos.
Co-founder & CEO - StrongDM
We use Skype for external calls. I don’t really like it--what really annoys me about it is that you end up using your personal account for business calls. With Slack you can handle several accounts on the same app, but with Skype you can only have one account open. It should allow for the possibility to have a professional account that you can switch to.
Co-founder & CEO - Yalty
We rely a lot on Skype even though it often has some problems with the connection.
Co-founder & CEO - Proximi.io
Skype does not always work well--it depends a lot on the connection. When someone calls your mobile, it closes the conversation.
Founder & CEO - Topishare
We use Skype for video calls.
CEO & Co-founder - Pyze
We are often around and we use Skype to communicate both internally and externally. We use it mainly for video calls and screen sharing.
Co-founder & CEO - Ludwig
Skype is always breaking down but it is the most pervasive tool out there.
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Founder & Executive Chairman - BeMyEye
We use Skype to speak with contractors who aren’t in the organization sometimes.
Co-founder & CEO - Student Loan Hero
When we do external calls, we use Hangouts. Internally, we are around each other every single day but use Skype or Hangouts if we are ever remote.
Founder & Head of Engineering - Opentest
We use Skype as well. Skype we use for video, screen sharing really.
Co-founder & CEO - getPartnered
We are a scattered team in different cities so we use Skype for video calls.
Co-founder - ShipBob
We use Skype because a lot of our investors are around the world. We also use it to interview prospective hires. It is not that good of a product. In the future, I think Slack will make it irrelevant in the Enterprise.
Founder - Andy OS
Skype is very unreliable but everyone uses it.
Founder & CEO - Mifold
We have used Skype for years. Skype is ridiculously terrible ever since Microsoft bought it. It takes up a lot of memory, and is super slow. The video calls are pretty terrible. We have so much history in there though, so we keep using it.
Co-founder & COO - TradingView
We use Skype because a lot of us work remotely. We also meet in person whenever we can!
Founder & CEO - Coinkite
We use Skype when we have to connect with our remote team.
Co-founder & CEO - Qordoba
Skype is good for smaller audio and video group calls.
Co-founder & CEO - PowerToFly
We are all engineers, so we thought we should be on Slack. But it ended up being quite noisy, and we all reverted back to Skype.
Founder & CEO - Peerlyst, Inc.
We talk to our remote developers using Skype.
Director of Service & Operations - Smart Lunches
We use Skype for voice calls, messaging, and occasionally screenshares. It’s great for video calls as well, but all work from home, so no one wants to do video calls!
Founder & CEO - Skout Deals
We use Skype for interviews and phone calls.
Co-founder & Co-director - Boomtown Accelerator
Google Hangouts was buggy, so we started doing more in Skype. We use Skype for audio and video calls, as well as texting and group chats. The people we work with are not all in the same place; some are traveling, and others are living in other countries, and we use Skype with them.
Co-founder - Monarq
We use Slack and Skype often. We make audio and video calls, and sometimes chat, in Skype.
Founder & CEO - Social Data Collective
We use Skype mainly for quick messages with each other, but we also use it for video and audio calls.
Founder & CEO - Oktopost
We use Gchat and Skype for internal communication.
Founder & CEO - Creative Business Inc.
I love Skype. We use it for group and 1:1 chats, texts, and calls (video and audio). We like Skype more than Slack because to enable calls in Slack, you have to integrate it with something else, whereas that’s already embedded in Skype. We’ve tried using Slack 3 times, and it’s always so confusing to know the difference between groups and channels. It got frustrating never knowing where things would appear. We’ve decided to stick with Skype and it’s working well for us.
Co-founder & CEO - Comeet
We use Skype for video calls for our scrums, since we have a distributed team.
Co-founder - BuzzStream
We use Skype for all of our international calls. Also, Skype can also be a really lightweight and easy solution for screen sharing too.
Co-founder & CEO - Sociality Squared
Yes, it’s old school, but it’s been reliable for us and another good option for international calls. They seem to have updated the interface recently, so at least it’s prettier to look at…
Founder & CEO - Stacklist
I have 2 iPads, 2 Macs and 2 phones. I always have Skype open at all times on one of my devices. Ivan and I use Skype for face-to-face meetings during the day. We also leave it open for chats during the day that don’t require a call or video chat. This gives us a written transcript of conversations, which is really helpful when you’re trying to recall a conversation you had 2 weeks ago.
Founder & CEO - Writing It Right For You
My team is spread out all over the world; from China to Mumbai, Brazil to New Zealand, throughout the U.S., and beyond. I am on the phone all the time via Skype. The beauty of Skype is that you can make video calls if you want, but people can decide if they want to share their camera or not, and you can also easily screenshare and share documents in Skype. And everyone already has Skype, so there’s no learning curve involved. We’ve tried to use Google Hangouts, but it’s confusing, and not everyone has it. Skype is just really simple, easy and works across platforms, e.g., mobile, tablets and computers. And best of all, it’s free.
Founder & CEO - Halo Life Science
I’d like to move the team to Slack because I like all of its integrations. But there’s nothing wrong with Skype--it works---so it’s harder to find the impetus to move.
We use these tools for quick comments/questions with colleagues, or to have an online meeting with people in multiple locations. Skype is easy to use, free, but can sometimes drop service or fail to connect. Lync, now Skype for Business, is easy to use and creates a record that is emailed to you (you can also turn this off), making it easy to reference prior conversations. It has a very simple interface, and is only available via Microsoft products.
Director of Operations - Inxent, Inc.
We use Skype for internal conversations in chat rooms and to call each other. But since our team only has 11 people right now, we mainly just talk to each other in person.
Founder & CEO - Sociallybuzz
Our teams live in Skype. We have separate group chats for developers and support. We do a lot of calls and screenshares in Skype, too. In the past, we tried Slack and a couple other tools, but in the end, they fizzled because we didn’t get enough buy-in from the team.
Vice President of Technology - Golf Genius Software
We use Skype a lot. We each keep Skype open during the day so anyone can ping us at any time. We’re trying to have Slack open more and move into Slack, but Skype is really good for us for now for having a chat, to call each other, and to have quick meetings.
Founder & CEO - UnifiedVU
Skype is handy because some of our engineers are in India, and we can also use it to talk to our clients.
Founder & CEO - Socure
Skype is a communication tool utilized mainly by development and operational team members. It was the home of all development or engineering discussions until the rollout of Slack. It’s frequently used across the company.
Founder & CEO - Kargo
We use Skype for internal calls. This is great for communicating with our partners all over the world--we support game studios and contractors based in Croatia, Vietnam, Turkey, San Francisco--and for internal meetings, as well. Skype’s video calling doesn't always work well, so we just use it for voice calls.
CEO - TreSensa
Skype is universal. Everyone knows it. It's easy to connect, share files, chat, talk and share your screen. (used for external communication)
Founder & CEO - AirHelp
16%Stacklist Startups Are Using Skype
One of the oldest and most familiar communication tools on the market, Skype offers free instant messaging, audio and video chat. Beyond its free services, Skype for Business (formerly known as Lync, and now part of the Microsoft Office suite) enables you to boost productivity by integrating with other Office apps--for instance you can schedule meetings in Outlook or start conversations from Word or PowerPoint. Skype lacks many of the bells and whistles of its newer competitors and faces some complaints of spotty service, so many Stacklist startups are thinking twice about using the platform for their internal communication needs. Some do, however, continue to utilize it as a low-cost way to communicate with individuals outside of their organization.
Skype is utilized by companies of all sizes, though it’s generally not their sole communication platform. Instead, it’s used largely for external communication needs, supplementing more popular internal communications tool like Slack or HipChat.
Skype is free to use, but also has a business package that, at minimum, costs $2/user/month. The basic service allows for up to 25 people on a call at once, and also enables mobile or landline calling for a small fee. Skype for Business offers additional security and integration features, while upping the maximum number of people allowed in online meetings to 250. Upgrading to an advanced business package costs $5.50/user/month and unlocks additional features like the ability to schedule Skype meetings in Microsoft Outlook, the ability to record meetings and a meeting lobby for presentation attendants before the meeting begins.
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