Indian Inventors and Email Entrepreneurs

[Because of claims and counterclaims as to who invented the universal means of communication, at home and in the office – the Email! – I thought I’d try to set the record straight in my post today.]

Consider awhile that two Indians, both born in December, did wonders in our world of enabling prompt contact from ones home or office with friends, family members and business associates around the globe.

shiva-ayyaduraiLet’s start with Shiva Ayyadurai.

He had a tough time during his early years in the United States to gain recognition of the astounding fact that – at the age of 14! – he’d already invented the email.

Shiva was born December 2, 1963 in Bombay (now known as Mumbai) of parents from the state of Madras (now known as Tamil Nadu.)

His parents moved to the States before Shiva became a teenager, and in 1978, while a 14-year-old high school student he created an electronic emulation of the interoffice paper-based mail system, for which he was awarded the first US Copyright for “email”, “computer program for electronic mail system.”

Shiva is an MIT systems scientist, technologist, entrepreneur and educator, who holds four degrees from MIT, is a Fulbright Scholar, Lemelson-MIT Awards Finalist and Westinghouse Science Talent Honors Award recipient.

His research and entrepreneurial efforts are focused on systems science and its applications across the fields of both media and medicine. Most recently, in the field of health, he created CytoSolve, Systems Health(TM), and Your Body, Your System (TM), and was appointed the Director of MIT Integrative Health.


Then there’s the serial entrepreneur, Sabeer Bhatia, born December 30, 1968, who co-founded Hotmail, one of the first free e-mail services in the world.


For him, Chennai (formerly known as Madras) and Tamil Nadu’s capital, is special. In 1988, he’d come to that city to get a student visa to the United States.

He was again in the city 24 years later in December to open a 250-seat facility for AMP Technologies, another of his companies – a cloud-based real-estate asset management platform. That wasn’t all – Jaxtr, a telecom company backed by Sabeer in 2012,  launched a common SIM card that could be used in many countries.

References: Wikipedia

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