Sabeer Bhatia-co-founder of Hotmail, is one among select group of people who have made it big in America's Silicon Valley. Born in Chandigarh, Sabeer Bhatia did his schooling from St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore. He graduated from Caltech and went to Stanford to pursue his MS in Electrical Engineering. Sabeer attended many lectures by famous like Steve Jobs and was determined to make it big. After completing his Masters, he joined Apple computers. He left Apple soon after. He teamed up with his partner to create a web-based e-mail system Microsoft bought Hotmail on December 30th, 1997, for a reported sum of $400M. After the success of Hotmail, Bhatia in April 1999, he started another venture, Arzoo Inc, which however had to be shut down. In 2006, Arzoo was relaunched.
Bhatia has won many awards. Among the notable ones include the "Entrepreneur of the Year" awarded by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson in 1997, the "TR100" award, presented by MIT to 100 young innovators expected to have the greatest impact on technology in the next few years. Besides, he was named by TIME magazine as one of the "People to Watch" in International Business in 2002.