Co-created Hotmail with Jack Smith. Hotmail was probably the first web-based email service and was launched on 4th July 1996. The date was chosen with great care as it signified “freedom” from ISP-based email.
The famous smiley was designed by Harvey Ball in 1963 to boost the morale of employees of Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio. Ball, who was then a freelance artist, was paid $45 for his creation. [more...]