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are referring to the tens of thousands of Indian immigrants
who have made a name for themselves in the Bay Area by revolutionising
the computer business and placing India on the world IT map.A
few names from this maze of enterprising Indian entrepreneurs
and achievers stand out -
Sabeer Bhatia,President & CEO Hotmail,Inc
Srinija Srinivasan, V.P. and Editor-in-Chief ,Yahoo
& CEO Hotmail,Inc.
few years back he was just another guy from India who had
come to the US to pursue his higher studies. Fast forward
to present-he has raced ahead of the pack and is reportedly
worth $200 million and is considered as a role-model by many
starry-eyed Silicon Valley startup entrepreneurs who are dreaming
that they too would strike gold the way Bhatia did with Hotmail.
was busy creating his own startup when he was working at another
startup called FirePower Systems. Little did this young Stanford
graduate realize that Hotmail would become one of the hottest
free e-mail service providers on the Internet and would be
purchased by the big B as in Bill
Gates for a whooping $400 million!
stumbled upon Bhatia's brainchild when they were consolidating
MSN's game plan for the internet. Hotmail started rolling
when the Internet was gearing up to be the next biggest thing
to hit the face of the earth and change the way people work
and live for the rest of their lives. By buying out Hotmail,
Microsoft realized that they would be early birds reaping
rich dividends in the rapidly expanding scope of the World
Wide Web. When Bhatia sold out Hotmail, he had already got
an impressive 10 million users sign up for this unique and
innovative free e-mail service.
the merger, Hotmail is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft
.Raised in Bangalore, another Silicon Valley of the world,
Sabeer Bhatia is
at present the President &
CEO of Hotmail Corp. at Microsoft. Not the one to rest on
his laurels, Bhatia is already working on his next e-commerce
venture called Arzoo.
young millionnaire's other interests range from tennis and
skiing to listening to Indian film music. Given his track-record
and boyish candor, Bhatia is undoubtedly one of the most eligible
bachelors in town.Infact there is a rumor doing the rounds
that he is all set to tie the knot with Bollywood's leading
lady and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai !
Bhatia a man with a vision or brand him just plain lucky-being
at the right place at the right time. However, don't forget
that he "walked the talk". He has been instrumental
in revolutionising the concept of communicating on the World
Wide Web.If he hadn't made the e-mail what it is today, we
wouldn't be experiencing the excitement of exchanging news
and information online with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Srinivasan, V.P. and Editor-in-Chief ,Yahoo.
you thought that the cut-throat world of bits and bytes is
dominated mostly by men. Think again. Meet the vivacious Srinija
Srinivasan who is considered to be one of the most powerful
people in cyber world.
twenty-something Stanford graduate is the Vice-President and
editor-in-chief of the site of all sites -Yahoo! As if that's not enough on her Resume, Srinivasan or "Ninja"as
she is known in Yahoo is also fluent in Japanese.
holds the title of an "Ontologist" ie someone who
is trained in the science of sorting information. She was
recognized by Newsweek in 1995 for her efforts in making the
Web a more organized place. The prestigious publication named
Srinija as one of the most important people who matter on
is based in SanFrancisco,CA. Way to go Srinija - you are an
inspiration for many of us!
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