Sabeer Bhatia

Sabeer Bhatia-The Man Behind Hotmail

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sabeer-bhatia (1)Everyone in our date and age is familiar with the email service provider “Hotmail”. Did you know that it was co-founded by an Indian American entrepreneur named Sabeer Bhatia? Sabeer Bhatia is one of the poster boys of Indian success story at Silicon Valley. Sabeer Bhatia was born in Punjab (India) on 30 December, 1968. He comes from a humble background. His father was an army officer and his mother worked with the Central Bank of India. Sabeer Bhatia had his earlier schooling at Bishop Cotton’s School in Pune and later on at St Joseph’s College in Bangalore. After passing out from school he joined the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) at Pilani. At Pilani, he qualified to try for a transfer scholarship at Cal Tech, considered to be the world’s most competitive scholarship. Sabeer Bhatia was the only applicant in the entire world in 1988 to get a passing score of 62.

In 1988 Sabeer Bhatia came to America and completed his B.Sc. with honours and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. In 1992, while working on his Ph.D., Sabeer dropped out and joined Apple Computers as a systems integrator. He worked for Apple Computer for a year. Then he worked for another startup, Firepower Systems Inc. In 1995, Sabir Bhatia cofounded Hotmail Corporation along with Jack Smith, a colleague at Apple Computers. They launched pioneering web-based e-mail service Hotmail. At the end of 1997, he sold Hotmail to Microsoft for $400 million. Sabeer Bhatia t worked for Microsoft for a year until March of 1999, and then in the middle of 1999 he founded Arzoo.com

Arzoo.com was supposed to be a real-time marketplace for technology related solutions and support. It was envisaged as a platform that would enable engineers, developers and scientists from around the world to monetise their expertise on the one hand, and enable corporations to improve the productivity of their employees on the other. Sabeer Bhatia’s vision was to make Arzoo.com, the world’s largest human network of intellectual capital. But Arzoo.com failed with the burst of dot-com bubble. In 2006 Sabeer Bhatia relaunched Arzoo as a travel portal. Sabeer Bhatia has also started a new venture called Blog Everywhere with co-founders Shiraz Kanga and Viraf Zack.

After this, Bhatia started a free messaging service called JaxtrSMS with a view to do the same for SMS what hotmail had done for email. However, Jaxtr failed to create the buzz Hotmail had created. He hasn’t stopped at this, for him the journey to create is never ending. The ideas keep flowing in his mind and he keeps coming with new e-ventures such as arzoo.com, live documents, nanocity, sabsebolo.com etc.

Unlike the other technical geeks, Sabeer has been in limelight for his ostentatious lifestyle. He loves outdoor activities and is a great tennis player; he also loves to ski in winters. He owns a lush mansion in San Francisco overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, has a passion for cars and drives his Ferrari down the crooked lanes of SF.

Bhatia’s success has earned him widespread acclaim; the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson named him ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 1997’, 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’. TIME named him as a “People to Watch” in international business in 2002