Founding History of KaZaA

Founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.

Undisclosed incorporation date.

Started design and development work in January 2000.

Purchased the kazaa.com domain name in June 2000.

Launched in private beta in August 2000.

Launched in open beta in September 2000.

Accepted acquisition offer from Sharman Networks in November 2002.

Headquartered first in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and now in Sydney (Australia).

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Year 1 of KaZaA

Backstory






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Version 1 of KaZaA (Desktop App)

AUG 2000

Stats of KaZaA (Pre-Sale)

2000 to 2002

Full Year 1 of KaZaA

Y1 of Kazaa.pdf

JAN to DEC 2000

Extras of KaZaA

2008 MAR Conversation with Janus Friis