Guardian interview Mike Volpi of Joost

October 24, 2021

Mike Volpi, CEO of Joost

Mike Volpi, CEO of Joost

Mike Volpi joined Joost, the online video service, in June after 13 years at Cisco, where he was chief strategy officer. For his final six years he ran the company’s $11bn service provider business which included the routing business, cable and wireless products and the Scientific Atlanta set top box business that Cisco acquired in 2005.

Volpi, an Italian, has spent most of his life in the US. In 2003 he joined the board of Skype, but left after founders Janus Friis and Niklaus Zennstrom sold it to eBay. An engineer by training, Volpi has both an engineering degree and an MBA from Stanford University. He moved to London last month with his wife and two children.

Joost was set up last year by Janus Friis and Niklaus Zennstrom. The video service finally went live at the beginning of this month and to date, 2 million users have downloaded content.

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