Jack Smith (Hotmail)

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Jack Smith
Jack Smith (5385865902).jpg
Bornc. 1968 (age 52–53)[1]
OccupationCEO of Proximex
Known forco-founded Hotmail.com

Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, 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 opened 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]


  1. ^ a b c Po Bronson (1999). "What's the Big Idea?". Stanford Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-08. Retrieved 2015-11-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Proximex Namck Smith as CEO". Business Wire. September 24, 2007.
  4. ^ Brief bio available in the "About" section of the original HoTMaiL website (archived 1997)
  5. ^ "Hotmail turns three". Microsoft News Center. July 9, 1999. Archived from the original on 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  6. ^ Jeff Pelline (January 3, 1998). "Microsoft buys Hotmail". CNET News.
  7. ^ "Executive Profile: Jack Smith", Bloomberg Businessweek

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