FACTS : Who is the inventor of Hotmail?
Indian-born Sabeer Bhatia had been in Silicon Valley when he invented Hotmail – to which Bill Gates first offered to buy it for $160 million. When Bhatia eventually did sell, it was for more than $400 million. The rest, as we say, is history….
Sabeer Bhatia (born 30 December 1968 is an Indian entrepreneur who founded the webmail company Hotmail.com.
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
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.In July 2011 Hotmail had 360 million registered users, less than Google’s Gmail service.
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. To date, JaxtrSMS service has failed to replicate the success of Hotmail. Recently he invested in email collaboration software, ccZen.