He is back now, with a new venture — ShowReel — a social video platform that connects job seekers with potential employers. Bhatia feels that ShowReel, which will help job-seekers create professional videos of themselves in response to questions posed by mentors or hirers, will help companies find out merits in an individual beyond resumes.
So, what did Bhatia do in over two decades after his deal with Microsoft. He tried his hands across many ventures and invested across several tech companies, but nothing came closer to the success of Hotmail.
Does he invest in Indian startups? “No. There are lot of efforts required to invest in startups in India. I don’t directly invest in startups. It’s all through funds. They make decision on investments,” Bhatia tells TOI.
An education system, simply focused on scoring marks with not much emphasis on ‘inquiry’ and inquisitiveness, means less creativity, he says. He lauds success of Indian startups and stratospheric valuations that some of them get, but says ‘original ideas’ are still missing, which means lesser chance of scoring a global success. “All our unicorns are copycats of what has been done in the West” On bitcoin and crypto, he sounds a cautionary note and feels they are headed towards a ban.