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success and enterprise in the Information Age better than Sabeer
Bhatia. At an
age when most were in college or busy watching movies, Bhatia
things that can be called truly world-class. He started Hotmail, a
now caters to over 100 million people in more than 30 countries across
world. And not just that- he made $400 million by selling it to
a country of Maharajas and snake charmers, it has become a country from
one can draw upon the intellectual resources of a large number of
high-technology people. Sabeer Bhatia's Hotmail is, for instance,
sphere of American's life.
is one of the
free 'webmail' e-mail services, which are accessible from anywhere on
planet via a standard web browser. It was founded by Jack Smith of
Computers and Indian entrepreneur, Sabeer Bhatia in 1995, and was
launched on July 4th , 1996, lndependence Day of the USA,
symbolically representing freedom from ISPs.
“They wrote down all
of mail - Speedmail, Hypermail, Supermail and finally settled for
Hotmail as it
included the letters "HTML" - the markup language used to write web
pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper
casing." A brand name was born. Every single day Homail adds 100,000
users. It has 12 million unique logins per month. A study says over 220
people profit by it world over.
Times of Indin
named him as 'One of the Indians of the Century', a pantheon which he
with the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Sunil
Sabeer Bhatia's creed is "Work hard, play hard." Bhatia's visionary
contribution to the Internet revolution has earned him widespread
many awards and accolades include:
- Entrepreneur of the Year,
1997. Awarded by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Urvetson.
- Named to the 'Elite 100,'
Upside magazine's list of top trendsetters in the New Economy.
- Recipient of the 'TR100'
Award, presented by MIT to 100 Young innovators who are expected to
have the greatest impact on technology in the next few years.
- Selected by the San Jose
Mercury News and POV magazine as one of the ten most successful
entrepreneurs of 1998.
and negotiating grit have become the stuff of Silicon Valley legend.
born in Chandigarh in 1966 and raised in Bangalore. His father, who
held a high
post at the Ministry of Defence, and mother Daman, a senior official at
bank, placed great value on education. Their only son did not
For parent-teacher days they would recall "Sir. We tell Sabeer to solve
the questions on the blackboard for us," says Bhatia's senior.
he decided to open a sandwich shop and drew up his first business plan.
his mom said, "Stop thinking about these things and go and study."
But that's the culture in India. In 1988, Bhatia won a full scholarship
California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena. When his plane touched
that tarmac Bhatia had $250 in his wallet and butterflies in his
felt I had made a big mistake,” he says. “I knew nobody,
different, and it was hard for them to understand my accent and me to
understand theirs. I felt pretty lonely.”
say when Bhatia
room he owns it. "I call him the Hindu Robot," says Naveen Singha,
Bhatia's friend, mentor. "He is persistent, focused and disciplined.
a superior human being." It was his primary education that he considers
the most valuable asset from India. He attributes his immense success
hard work, perseverance and a vision for the future to make e-mail, the
lnternet application, and thereby change the way people communicate. He
himself: "I am an Indian-American. I was born and brought up in India
have now adopted America as my new home. Personally, I hope my success
as a beacon of hope to young, bright Indians. I hope to be a role model
entrepreneurs in India and in Silicon Valley". His new company was
Arzoo.com. He closed shop in 2001.
Carlisle, a friend of his has commissioned
a bust-a bronze statue of Sabeer by an artist in Los Angles. And Bhatia
"It is an honour. My hope is that, when entrepreneurs come into this
prestigious address on Sand Hill Road, it will give them an
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