Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sabeer Bhatia was born in Chandigarh in the year 1969. He grew up in Bangalore and had his early education at Bishops Cotton's School in Pune, then St. Joseph's College in Bangalore. For a short-time he was a student at the Birla Institute of Technology (BITS), Pilani and in 1988 he went to US on a Cal Tech Transfer scholarship to get a bachelor's degree at the California Institute of Technology. He earned a master's degree from Stanford University. After graduation, Sabeer briefly worked for Apple Computers as a hardware engineer and Firepower Systems Inc. His success graph took off exponentially when he, along with his colleague Jack Smith, set up Hotmail on 4th July 1996. The venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson named him 'Entrepreneur of the Year 1997', MIT awarded him 'TR100', San Jose Mercury News and POV magazine's one of the ten most successful entrepreneurs of 1998 and Upside magazine'snamed him in 'Elite 100'.