Skype Qik

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Skype Qik
Skype Qik logo rus.png
Developer(s) Microsoft (as the Microsoft Skype division)
Initial release October 14, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-10-14)
Stable release
  • iOS:
    1.9.1 (October 12, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-10-12)) [±][1]
  • Android: (June 16, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-06-16)) [±][2]
  • Windows Phone: (November 14, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-11-14)) [±][3]
Development status Active
Operating system
Type Video messaging
License Proprietary
Qik, Inc.
Fate Acquired by Skype Technologies
Founded Redwood City, CA, USA (2007 (2007))
  • Ramu Sunkara
  • Bhaskar Roy
  • Nikolay Abkairov
Defunct April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30)

Skype Qik /ˈkwik/ is a video messaging service by Skype. It was created from the technology Skype Technologies acquired through the purchase of Qik. The service, offered for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices, allows users to exchange video messages between individuals or within a group.[4]

Previously, the Qik service offered a mobile-based live video-sharing website and two-way video conferencing application that allowed users to stream live video from their cell phones to the internet.[5] Qik enabled users to record and upload video directly from supported cell phones. Qik, a Silicon Valley startup, launched its alpha version in December 2007 and went into public beta in July 2008.[6]

Qik was compatible with approximately 140+ cell phones.[7] Qik videos can be shared on numerous services including Ovi Share, Facebook via Facebook Connect, Twitter, LiveStream,, YouTube, Blogger, Seesmic, Tumblr, WordPress, Digg, StumbleUpon,, MySpace, and Technorati. The videos can also be shared directly on the Qik website or embedded on a webpage for live or pre-recorded videos.

The Company's headquarters were located in Redwood City, California, with a satellite office that was located in Zelenograd, Moscow, Russia.

It was announced on January 6, 2011, at CES, that Skype had acquired Qik for a sum of $150 million.[8][9]


Qik was founded by Ramu Sunkara, Bhaskar Roy and Nikolay Abkairov in 2007.

In April 2008, Qik received $3 million in Series B funding from Marc Benioff (, Arjun Gupta (Telesoft Partners) and George Garrick (Jingle Networks).[10] In September 2008, a month after its beta release, Qik received an undisclosed amount of investments from Netscape veterans Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. Both agreed to serve as board advisers on Qik.[11]

In mid-2009 Qik received another round of funding under $5.5 million from Peter Loukianoff at Almaz Capital and Quest Venture Partners, and some private investors.[12]

In January 2011, Skype acquired Qik for $150 million.[13][14]

On March 19, 2014, Skype and Qik users received emails announcing the original Qik service was being retired. Notification of the impending shut-down was also posted on the company website. The Qik service was subsequently shut down on April 30, 2014.

The new Skype Qik service was launched on October 14, 2014.[15]

See also


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  7. Official Qik website (April 27, 2009). "Supported Phones for Qik". Retrieved April 27, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  8. Confirmed: Skype Buys Mobile Video Startup Qik
  9. Skype announces plans to acquire Qik
  10. Liz Gannes (April 27, 2009). "Qik confirms funding, Shares plans". Retrieved April 27, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Dawn Kawamoto (April 27, 2009). "Qik attracts Andreessen-Horowitz investment". Retrieved April 27, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Kee, Tameka (July 8, 2009). "Qik Nabs $5.5 Million In Funding For Mobile Video Streaming". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 30, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Confirmed: Skype Buys Mobile Video Startup Qik
  14. Skype announces plans to acquire Qik
  15. Kosur, James (20 March 2014). "Qik Shutting Its Doors On April 30, Will Refund Paying Customers". Social News Daily.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>