Sabeer Bhatia

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Sabeer Bhatia
Born 30 December 1968 (1968-12-30) (age 48)[1]
Pune,[2] India
Nationality India Indian
Alma mater BITS Pilani
Caltech (B.S., 1989)
Stanford University (M.S.)
St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore (school)
Occupation Entrepreneurer
Known for Founded

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


After graduation, Sabeer briefly worked for 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

In July 2011 Hotmail had 360 million registered users, less than Google's Gmail service.[4] As President and CEO, Bhatia led Hotmail until its eventual acquisition by Microsoft in 1998. Bhatia worked at Microsoft for a little over a year after the Hotmail acquisition and in April 1999, left Microsoft to start another venture, Arzoo Inc, an e-commerce firm.[citation needed]

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 (HKN) as an undergraduate student [6]

Personal life[edit]

Bhatia belongs to the Sindhi community.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Bhatia, Sabeer (10 August 2002). "Sabeer Bhatia downloaded". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Bhatia, Sabeer (10 August 2002). "Sabeer Bhatia downloaded". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "How Many Email Users Are There?". Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "AFP: Hotmail co-founder launches free SMS service". Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Kappa Nu
  7. ^ Vora, Rutam (1 April 2016). "Tongue-tied in Sindhi". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Sakhrani, Tarun (4 January 2016). "The Sindhis of Sindh And Beyond". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  9. ^ 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. 

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