Sabeer Bhatia -Founder of Hotmail

Sabeer Bhatia
Sabeer Bhatia
Sabeer Bhatia, born 1968 in Chandigarh, India) is an Indian-American entrepreneur who founded Hotmail.
Studied at the Jesuit school in Bangalore, he continued his education at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India and then proceeded to the United States to study at the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University and after graduation worked at Apple Computer and after saving a moment there he joined by Firepower Systems; where he spent two years.
In 1995, he along with Jack Smith launched Hotmail, the e-mail first and then sold it to Microsoft two years later for 400 million U.S. dollars.


Sabeer Bhatia was born in Chandigarh on December 30, 1968. He grew up in Bangalore and had his early education at Bishop School in Pune, the High School Boys of St. Joseph 'in Bangalore. In 1988 he went to the U.S. to earn a bachelor's degree at California Institute of Technology after transfer from BITS Pilani foreigners, Rajasthan. He earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
After graduation, Sabeer briefly worked for Apple Computer as a hardware engineer and Firepower Systems Inc. While working there he was amazed at the fact that it can access the software on the internet through a web browser. He, along with his colleague Jack Smith, set up Hotmail on July 4, 1996.

Today, Hotmail remains the world's largest e-mail provider with more than 369 million registered users. As President and CEO, he guided the rapid increase Hotmail for industry leadership and ultimately acquisition by Microsoft in 1998. Bhatia worked at Microsoft for about a year after the Hotmail acquisition and in April 1999, he left Microsoft to start another venture, Arzoo Inc, an e-commerce company.

Bhatia success has earned him wide acclaim; Venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson named 'Entrepreneur of the Year 1997' he, MIT chose him as one of 100 young innovators who are expected to have the greatest impact on technology and awarded 'TR100', San Jose Mercury News and magazines POV chosen as one of the ten most successful entrepreneurs in 1998 and Upside magazine's list of top trend setters in the New Economy named 'Elite 100' him. Bhatia has recently started a free messaging service called JaxtrSMS. He said that JaxtrSMS, will do "to the SMS what Hotmail did for e-mail". Claiming to be a disruptive technology, he said that the operator would lose revenue on reducing the number of SMS on the network but will benefit from the plan data that the user must buy.

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