(Video) Sabeer Bhatia – The Successful Indian Multi-Millionaire Behind Hotmail.com

By   Darpan Sachdeva
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More than 500 Million people worldwide have a Hotmail account for their email service. I have one and it’s very likely that at one point you had or still have one too! Have you ever stopped to think how Hotmail came to be? It’s a pretty interesting story actually…

“You have to give it a shot, it’s like a gamble, but you’ve got to take that chance.” These were the words of 27 year old Sabeer Bhatia. Sabeer was born in Chandigarh, India and is now a Multi – Millionaire Indian American entrepreneur. While he was at University, he was inspired by entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Scott McNealy and decided he wanted to become one himself!

Sabeer Bhatia started working at a startup company called Firepower Systems Inc, where he spent 2 years. In 1994, he paired up with Jack Smith ( a colleague from Apple) and started working on new ideas. Together they developed the concept of a web based database named Javasoft which they started to pursue. While working on this idea, they realised the potential of another brilliant idea – A web based e-mail system. They decided to create one called HoTMaiL (the uppercase letters standing for HTML, language used to write a webpage) They wanted to make the service free in order to attract people and would obtain revenue through advertising on the website. Draper Fisher Ventures invested $300,000 into HoTMaiL and the service was officially launched on July 4th 1996.

In less than 6 months, Hotmail already had over 4 million subscribers and due to the continual growth and interest, Hotmail was sold to Microsoft in December 1997 for the sum of $400 million!!

Sabeer Bhatia has gone on to develop several systems and his future plans include the development of a new city in India called Nanocity with the aim of replicating the vibrancy and eco-system of innovation found in the Silicon Valley.

Sabeer Bhatia is an advocate and role model for Young Indians with a dream for success and has proven that with determination and a hunger to want the best for yourself pays off! Sabeer ventured into a project only to find inspiration for an email service that is known by people all over the world today – Hotmail!

Advice from Entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia: ‘Provide the Same Value at a Cheaper Price’

 

Steve Jobs: The Most Important Life Lesson Of All

By Darpan Sachdeva

In this heartfelt speech by the late Steve Jobs, he describes how losing his company, and feeling like a public failure affected his outlook on life.

After having been fired from his own company, and done so very publicly, how was he able to start over after having being rejected, and what were the priceless life lessons he learned?

Watch this 4-minute clip to hear his story and final words of wisdom.

 

 

 

What I Wish I Had Known: 8 Entrepreneurs Share Their Startup Secrets

By Alex Espenson on May 7, 2014

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If you’ve ever tried to start your own company, then you know that some of the “advice” you get from friends, relatives, and even perfect strangers isn’t always all that valuable.

It can range from the simply unhelpful (“Don’t go out of business!”), to the impossible (“Give it everything you’ve got!”), to the downright dangerous (“No matter what happens, stick it out!”), but you can bet that once everyone has offered their two cents’ worth, you probably won’t be any closer to grasping that elusive secret of success. Of course, that all changes when you’re getting your advice from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. These people know what they’re talking about, and they’re willing to share their wisdom with you. Yes, you. So get ready to be enlightened, because here are nine pieces of startup advice from people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Here are the 8 secrets of startup success from a handful of successful entrepreneurs.

 

What I Wish I Had Known

 

1. Jared Kim (Founder & CEO of Forge)

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Don’t burn out. Take care of yourself by getting 8 hours of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. If you don’t take care of yourself, there’s no way you can take care of your company in the long-term.”

It may seem as though your new company is the most important thing in the world, but it isn’t. If you sacrifice your own health and happiness for the sake of your company, then you’ll just end up without happiness in either.

 

2. Leo Widrich (Co-founder of Buffer)

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It took me years to finally start saying no to things that would take me away from what really needed my attention. No to meetings. No to interviews, and no to extra projects (for extra money.) When I implemented my daily to-do lists my whole day/week/month changed. I would only accept opportunities if they could come after my to-dos were completed.”

Sometimes, as the founder of a new startup, it’s easy to overload yourself. When new responsibilities or opportunities come along, feel free to put them on your plate, but only if they don’t end up costing you time and energy that should be going towards more important issues.

 

3. Mark Otero (Founder & CEO of Klicknation)

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Know your weaknesses: Knowing your weaknesses is as important as knowing what your strengths are, and even more important as your company grows; hire or have co-founders who are great in areas where you are weak.”

Chances are you’re not an expert in every area where your business will require you to be an expert. Maybe you have problems with finances. Maybe you just don’t get marketing. Maybe the idea of schmoozing with investors makes your sweat through your suit. Well, that’s all OK, as long as you’re sure to hire people who fill in the gaps in your armor, as the Mark Otero, founder ofKlicknation, explains.

 

4. Todd Pedersen (Founder & CEO of Vivint)

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First, if you’re going to run a company, you have to provide the best service you possibly can for your customers. Second, you have to treat your employees like gold. And then three, everything else will work itself out.”

The secrets to building a successful company aren’t really secrets at all; you just give customers what they want and treat your employees well, like Todd Pedersen, CEO of Vivint, has said. Of course, just because it’s simple to say, it does not necessarily follow that it’s easy to implement.

 

5. Phineas Barnes (Partner at First Round Capital)

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Your choice of partners and investors should be thought of as permanent and are therefore the most important two decisions you make.”

Starting a business is a big commitment. In fact, if all goes well, then it may be a large part of your life for the rest of your life, as Phineas Barnes of First Round Capital explains. As such, you’ll want to be very careful about whom you include in your startup, because if you aren’t, you may end up having to deal with an imperfect fit for years—or even decades—to come.

 

6. Jeff Bezos (Founder & CEO of Amazon.com)

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I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”

For some reason, many of us have been conditioned to be more afraid of failure than we are of inaction. However, failure, in addition to being inherently valuable as a learning process, contains within it the chance of success. And no matter how small that chance is, it’s better than the chances of success when we choose not to even try.

 

7. Peter Berg (Founder of October Three)

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Be really picky with your hiring, and hire the absolute best people you possibly can. People are the most important component of almost every business, and attracting the best talent possible is going to make a huge difference.”

While CEO’s and founders, and the ideas on which their success is built, often get the spotlight when it comes to business, the truth is that it is the employees that actually breathe life into a company. Even the most innovative idea can wither and die without the right kind of support from a talented workforce, so give your hiring process the attention and time that it deserves.

 

8. Thomas Edison (Founder of General Electric)

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The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

You have an idea that will change the world? Well, it’s not worth anything unless you can turn that idea into a reality. So take the plunge and see just how far that idea can take you. Or, you can sit around trading advice over the internet.

The choice is yours.

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Alex is a self-employed business/technology writer and green enthusiast.

(Video) Kid President’s Letter To A New Born On How To Be Awesome In Life

-Darpan Sachdeva

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Kid President shows not only young kids, but every other age group in this world how they can be awesome individuals. He is set out to inspire as many people as possible to be more positive, thoughtful and passionate about life.

He shares a world of wise words for such a young buck.

Kid President even goes on to say “There’s plenty of reasons to dance, you just gotta look for them“.

What a great example for the younger generation. Kid President, you are so wise and so inspiring to all.

Good on you!

Kid President’s Advice On How To Live An Amazing Life

“If there are two paths, I want to be on the one that leads to awesome” – Kid President

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