Sabeer Bhatia – Many of the young generation people who know Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg, might not have heard of Sabeer Bhatia – not because he hasn’t done anything, but because he has done so many amazing things even before some of today’s tech savvy kids were born. Sabeer Bhatia was born in Chandigarh and rose to prominence in the late 1990s as one of the most innovative person in the world at that time. Let’s have a look at some of the most inspiring things about Sabeer Bhatia.
Founder of Hotmail
Sabeer Bhatia along with Jack Smith founded HoTMail – one of the world’s first free webmail service. It was founded in the silicon valley of the world – California and was headquartered at Sunnyvale. Hotmail gained instant popularity and was soon acquired by Microsoft.
Hotmail got acquired by Microsoft for around 400 million dollars back then in 1997. By 2011 it had 360 million users per month. Interestingly the webmail from Microsoft – outlook which is world famous and used by all is the modified and renamed version of HoTMail.
Sabeer Bhatia did his graduation in Engineering from BITS, Pilani and also studied at the very famous CalTech (California University). He did his masters from Stanford University after which he worked for Apple computers for a short stint.
After Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft, Sabeer for a short while worked with Microsoft but soon realized it was not a fit for his Entrepreneurial mindset. He quit Microsoft then and started a venture with them called Arzoo Inc – one of the first E-Commerce companies of the world. He also founded a free messaging service called JaxtrSMS. His advice to the new generation is – “Don’t be afraid to tread new ground, but do a sanity test”
He was chosen as “Entrepreneur of the year – 1997” by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and was also on the list of MITs 100 young innovators who can impact technology. He was also awarded and recognized by San Jose Mercury News and POV magazine.
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