Biography of Sabeer Bhatia

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Indian Businessman Sabeer Bhatia Biography

Sabeer Bhatia, a leading Indian Businessman is the co founder of Hotmail and associated with many other business venture.
General Studies Question Bank CD Sabeer Bhatia, a co founder of Hotmail, is also known for his other business ventures and associations. Sabeer Bhatia was born on December 30, 1968 to a Punjabi family in Chandigarh.

His father, Baldev Bhatia, was as an officer in the Indian Army who later joined the Indian Ministry of Defence, while his mother, Daman Bhatia, was a senior official at the Central Bank of India.

Sabeer Bhatia completed his schooling at the St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School in Bangalore. In 1985, Sabeer Bhatia began his undergraduate education at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani and was transferred to Caltech after two years at BITS.

After graduating from Caltech, Sabeer Bhatia went to Stanford University in 1989 to pursue his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. At Stanford, Sabeer Bhatia worked on ‘Ultra Low Power VLSI Design’.

Eventually, during his stay at Stanford, Sabeer Bhatia got inspired by entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Scott McNealy and decided to become one himself. Instead of pursuing a Ph.D. after his Masters, Sabeer Bhatia decided to join Apple in 1991.

After a brief career at Apple, Sabeer Bhatia joined a startup company called ‘Firepower Systems Inc’, where he spent two years successfully. In 1994, Sabeer Bhatia started working on innovative ideas for the Internet and started a team in association with Jack Smith, a colleague from Apple Computer, Inc. Both came up with the concept of a web – based database entitled ‘Javasoft’.

While pursuing this idea, they consequently realized the potential of a web – based e – mail system and thus decided to create one called ‘HoTMaiL’ (the uppercase letters spelling out ‘HTML’ – the language used to write the base of a webpage).

In order to catch the attention of the Internet audience, the e – mail service was provided for free and revenue was obtained through the advertising on the website. Draper Fisher Ventures invested $300,000 on the project and the service was launched on July 4, 1996.
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Within six months, the website attracted more than 1 million subscribers. As the interest in the web – based email provider increased, Microsoft eventually took notice and on December 30, 1997, Hotmail was sold to Microsoft for a reported sum of $400 million.

At this time, there were an incredible 12 million users, and new subscribers coming on board at the rate of 150,000 per day.

After selling Hotmail in 1997, Bhatia became an Internet strategist for Microsoft Corporation in April 1999 for about a year and, Sabeer Bhatia left the company to start another new website, called as ‘Arzoo Inc’, which was shut down later.

In 2006, he relaunched ‘Arzoo’ as a travel portal. Sabeer Bhatia started alongside co – founders Shiraz Kanga and Viraf Zack, BlogEverywhere, which was a website attempting to capitalise on the emerging art of ‘blogging’.

In 2006, Sabeer Bhatia became the prime investor for ‘NeoAccel’, a network security vendor and maker of SSL VPN – Plus. In November 2007, Sabeer Bhatia released an online office alternative to Microsoft Office, called Live Documents.

This application allows users to use their documents both offline and online, edit, join forces and share documents in real – time with others, and sync documents between various computers and users.

Users can also download their Microsoft Office plug – in, which allowed them to get the best of offline and online office tools, along with full compatibility for all office document formats. Sabeer Bhatia has also pushed for enabling access to the Internet through cable television in the homes of India.

In January, 2008, Sabeer Bhatia had announced the launch of his latest venture SabSeBolo.com, a free web – based teleconferencing system. Sabeer Bhatia intends to develop a new city in India called Nanocity.

The aim of Nanocity is to replicate the vitality and eco – system of innovation found in the Silicon Valley.

This Indian businessman has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions.

Some of the awards received by Sabeer Bhatia are as follows :

  • “Entrepreneur of the Year,” by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (1998).
  • Recipient of the TR100 award, presented by MIT to 100 young innovators who have the greatest impact on technology.
  • Named to the “Elite 100,” Upside magazine’s list of top trendsetters in the New Economy.
  • Selected by the San Jose Mercury News and POV magazine as one of the ten most successful entrepreneurs of (1998).
  • Named by TIME as one of the “People to Watch” in International Business (2002).