You need a job and the offers that come to you are from Air India, TELCO and TISCO. You would pinch yourself. Is it real? But one man rejected all these offers. Instead, he decided to work at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad as a chief system programmer. Reason? His quest for learning. Today, that man Narayana Murthy is a billionaire, with a Rs 33,800 crore net worth.
Murthy said he completed his master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and that he had several job offers at the time. The company has been trying to install a first time-sharing system in India.
“So, I was the only person from my batch of 16 students to have taken half the salary in quest of learning about a modern operating system, about the opportunity to interact with very bright students, about the opportunity to create lots of interactive lessons using computers for students in accounting, in simulation, in finance, in production, etc. So, therefore, I chose that path and that’s probably the best decision I made in my life,” Murthy was quoted as saying.
In 1981, he founded Infosys with just six software professionals and an initial capital investment of Rs 10,000. The market cap of the company is Rs 5,25,000 crore.
One man’s vision became an enduring legacy.