In 1992, Sabeer Bhatia posts a classified ad from his Stanford e-mail account offering his ’88 Toyota Tercel for sale. In June 1996, Jack Smith mentions Hotmail for the first time in Usenet. One month later, on July 4, they publically announced the product they created. Three years and eight million users later, they sold Hotmail to Microsoft for $400 million. It’s a good story, if you haven’t read it already.