Date of Birth: 30-Dec-1968
Place of Birth: Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Nationality: United States of America, India
Sabeer Bhatia (Gurmukhi- ਸਬੀਰ ਭਾਟੀਆ)) (born December 30, 1968) is an Indian American entrepreneur who co-founded the Hotmail email service and Jaxtr. Sabeer Bhatia was born in Chandigarh on 30 December 1968. He grew up in Bangalore and had his early education at The Bishop’s School in Pune, then St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School in Bangalore. In 1988 he went to US to get a bachelor’s degree at the California Institute of Technology.
After graduation, Sabeer briefly worked for ”’Apple”’ ”’Computer”’ as a hardware engineer and Firepower Systems Inc. While working there he was amazed at the fact that he could access any software on the internet via a web browser. He, along with his colleague Jack Smith, set up Hotmail on 4 July 1996.
Into the 21st century, Hotmail is the world’s second largest e-mail provider with over 369 million registered users, a figure exceeded only by Google’s Gmail service. As President and CEO, he guided Hotmail’s rapid rise to industry leadership and 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, he left Microsoft to start another venture, Arzoo Inc, an e-commerce firm.
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 SMS’s on their network but will benefit from the data plan that the user has to buy. To date, Jaxtr SMS service has failed to replicate the success of Hotmail.