The Info List - Sabeer Bhatia

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Sabeer Bhatia (born 30 December 1968)[3] is an Indian entrepreneur who founded the webmail company Hotmail.com.


1 Career 2 Acclaim and legacy 3 Personal life 4 References 5 Further reading

Career[edit] After graduation,[clarification needed] Sabeer briefly worked for Apple Computer
Apple Computer
(as a hardware engineer) and Firepower Systems Inc. He, along with his colleague Jack Smith, set up Hotmail
on 4 July 1996, American Independence Day, symbolizing "freedom" from ISP-based e-mail and the ability to access a user's inbox from anywhere in the world As President and CEO, Bhatia led Hotmail
until its eventual acquisition by Microsoft
in 1998. Bhatia worked at Microsoft
for one year after the Hotmail
acquisition and in April 1999, left Microsoft to start another venture, Arzoo Inc, an e-commerce firm.[citation needed] In July 2011 Hotmail
had 360 million registered users, less than Google's Gmail service.[4] Bhatia started a free messaging service called JaxtrSMS. He said that JaxtrSMS would do to SMS what Hotmail
did for e-mail. Claiming it to be a disruptive technology, he says that the operators will lose revenue on the reduction in number of SMSes on their network but will benefit from the data plan that the user has to buy.[5] To date, JaxtrSMS service has failed to replicate the success of Hotmail. Recently[when?], he invested in email collaboration software, ccZen. Acclaim and legacy[edit] The venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson named Bhatia ' Entrepreneur
of the Year 1997',[citation needed] 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 POV magazine selected him as one of the ten most successful entrepreneurs of 1998 and Upside magazine's list of top trend setters in the New Economy named him 'Elite 100'.[citation needed] Sabeer was inducted into Eta Kappa Nu (ΗΚΝ) as an undergraduate student [6] Personal life[edit] Bhatia belongs to the Sindhi community.[7][8][9] His father's name is Baldev Bhatia. His father was a captain in the Indian Army and his mother worked for Central Bank of India. Sabeer married Tanya Sharma in 2008 and the couple has a daughter together. Later, they filed for divorce in January 2013 in a court in San Francisco. The reason cited for their divorce is "irreconcilable differences". Tanya is an alumnus of the London School of Economics was the director of Good Care Pharma till 2008. References[edit]

^ Bhatia, Sabeer (10 August 2002). " Sabeer Bhatia downloaded". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2016.  ^ Gibbs, Samuel (11 April 2014). "The most powerful Indian technologists in Silicon Valley". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.  ^ Bhatia, Sabeer (10 August 2002). " Sabeer Bhatia downloaded". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2016.  ^ "How Many Email Users Are There?". About.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013.  ^ "AFP: Hotmail
co-founder launches free SMS service". Google.com. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011.  ^ http://www.ieee.org/education_careers/education/ieee_hkn/index.html%7CEta Kappa Nu ^ Vora, Rutam (1 April 2016). "Tongue-tied in Sindhi". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 August 2016.  ^ Sakhrani, Tarun (4 January 2016). "The Sindhis of Sindh And Beyond". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2016.  ^ Pal, Joyojeet (30 May 2008). "Computers and the Promise of Development: Aspiration, Neoliberalism and 'Technolity' in India's ICTD enterprise" (PDF). University of California at Berkeley. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

Bronson, Po, "HotMale: Sabeer Bhatia started his company on $300,000 and sold it two years later for $400 million. So, is he lucky, or great?", Wired, Issue 6