Jack Smith (Hotmail)

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Jack Smith
Born c. 1968 (age 46–47)[1]
Occupation CEO of Proximex
Known for co-founded Hotmail.com

Jack Smith, along with Sabeer Bhatia, founded the first free web-based email service Hotmail.com, in 1996.[1]

He has been the CEO of Proximex since 2007.[2]


Jack Smith worked at FirePower Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc., where he designed integrated circuits for use in high performance PowerPC workstations, and invented and marketed the first Web server accelerator card that boosted server performance significantly.

Later on at Apple Computer, he worked on several of Apple's early PowerBook Computers.[3]

He has been the founder and president of EEE.com, building custom Internet Web solutions.[4]

Smith came up with the idea for anonymous web-based email in 1995, and worked with Sabeer Bhatia, his colleague at Apple, to found the company.[1] The company launched on July 4, 1996 [5] with Smith as its Chief Technology Officer.

In December 1997 Bhatia sold Hotmail to Microsoft for a reported $400 million.[6]

Smith went on to co-found Akamba Corporation and work as its CEO.

He had also served as a Director of Engineering of Microsoft, first heading its Hotmail engineering division, and then leading a team developing next generation Internet software infrastructure.[7]

In 2007 he was named CEO of Proximex.[3]


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