N. R. Narayana Murthy co-founder of infosys technologics ltd.

n-r-narayana-murthy-co-founder-of-infosys-technologics-ltd His is one of the

most inspiring stories


Being born with a wooden spoon in his mouth

did not deter him from pursuing his dreams. Today, he is counted among one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time and has been an inspiration for many to chase their dreams and make it big. But nothing came easy for him. He had to work extremely hard and brave innumerable challenges to be successful. Co-founder of Infosys Technologies Ltd. (a multinational corporation in India), N. R. Narayana Murthy is larger than life and has made his way to glory through sheer hard work,

self belief



, and


. He was the



chief executive officer ceo




chief mentor of the company

before retiring and taking the title of chairman emeritus


Early Life

Born in Shidlaghatta,


district of karnataka

to lower-middle-class parents, Mr. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy always wanted to pursue engineering though his father wanted him to be a civil servant. He cleared the IIT entrance exam but

due to financial constraints

, he joined a local engineering college (

NIE Mysore

) where he studied Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He went on to complete his M.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
awards-honours-achievements-a-few-of-the-many-awrds-conferred-upon-nr-murthy-infographics He settled for a job in IIM Ahmedabad that came along with several offers from well-known companies like




, Air India, etc. He worked on India’s first time-sharing computer system and also designed and implemented a BASIC interpreter for Electronics Corporation of India Limited.
Always wanting to be an entrepreneur, he started a company,


but it failed. He joined Patni Computers, Mumbai as

general manager in 1977


Beginning of a New Dawn

In 1981,

Mr Murthy

founded Infosys. The company today is a highly innovative software services global company listed on NYSE in the US and on the

Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai

. Mr. Murthy




, and implemented the Global Delivery Model (GDM) which has become the backbone of the

indian software industry

. GDM is based on collaborative distributed

software development principles

and has resulted in the delivery of superior quality software to global customers delivered on time and within budget. Mr. Murthy also introduced the concept of a 24-hour workday, to the world.
Under his leadership, Infosys became the leader in innovation, be it




, and

leadership training


software technology

, quality,



customer focus


employee satisfaction

, or physical and technological infrastructure. The

Indian government’s

decisive move toward

economic liberalization

and deregulation in the 1990s contributed to dramatic growth in the country’s technology and

computer sectors

. Taking advantage of the

government’s decision

, Mr. Murthy aggressively expanded his company’s services and

client base

, taking his business overseas with



systems integration

, software development, and

product engineering services

. In 1999, Infosys joined NASDAQ, becoming the

first indian company

to be listed on an

american stock exchange

In April 2004, the

bengaluru infosys


posted $1.06 billion in total annual revenues

an astonishing 33 percent increase in revenues over the previous

fiscal year

. The

company’s growth

was all the more remarkable because it came in the midst of a global downturn in the

information technology industry

After being the CEO for 21 years, he stepped down in 2002 and gave his post to

nandan nilekani

. Mr. Murthy

was chairman of the board till 2006

. He became the chief mentor and in 2011, he assumed the post of Chairman Emeritus. When Murthy retired in 2006, he left behind a company with some 70,000 employees and $3 billion a year in revenues. His wife,


, a

well known author

, has been a pillar of support for Mr. Murthy.
infosys-global-leader-in-technology-services-and-consulting Currently, Mr. Murthy serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey, and the United Nations Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Ford Foundation in New York, HSBC, and Unilever in London. He is a member of the advisory board of the University of Tokyo (Japan), ESSEC Business School (France), IESE Business School (Spain), and Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC – Brazil). He is also a member of the Board of Governors and Trustees of the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, and many more prestigious organizations.
He has served as a member of the boards of various well-known universities in the US like Cornell University, Wharton School, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and the Rhodes Trust at Oxford. He was the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), the #1 business school in India, and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).
He has also served on the international advisory boards of Yale University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership at the Tuck School of Business, Singapore Management University INSEAD, Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), the Indian School of Business (Hyderabad), and the International Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru.
He is a Trustee of the Infosys Science Foundation, which governs the Infosys Prize, an annual award, to honor the outstanding achievements of researchers and scientists.
A Hindi film about his life is in the pipeline. Not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he went on to become a global icon. Overcoming all the odds through hard work and self-belief and creating a remarkable benchmark, Mr. Murthy is a legend in his own right. Global India Business Forum salutes the indomitable spirit of this legend. This article is a humble token of appreciation and respect for Mr. Murthy.