Narayana Murthy

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Born on August 20, 1946, N. R. Narayana Murthy, one of the billionaire founders of Indian software giant Infosys, graduated in the 1960s from the University of Mysore and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, but in those years an Indian engineering degree could not guarantee a high income. His first real job overseas was in 1971 when he took up employment with SESA in Paris. He worked with a team to design a real time operating system for handling air cargo for the Charles de Gaulle airport. In 1974, at the age of 26, confident that he had gained a lot of insight into the world around him, he decided to return to India. According to a Business Today article, N R Narayana Murthy's first entrepreneurial venture was actually a company named Softronics, an IT consulting firm, which Murthy founded in 1976 in Pune. The company lasted a year and a half. When he realised that his first venture wasn't taking off, he learned from mistake and moved on. “You might fail, but get started”. He shut it after a while and took up a job at Patni Computer Services. Narayana Murthy is a member of the Advisory Boards and councils of Universities such as the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Corporate Governance Initiative at Harvard Business School, Yale University and University of Tokyo President’s Council. Murthy has received several awards and honors. Mr. Murthy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. * The Time magazine “Global Tech Influentials” list (August 2004) identified Mr. Murthy as one of the 10 leaders who are helping shape the future of technology. * He was the first recipient of the Indo-French Forum Medal (in the year 2003), awarded by the Indo-French Forum, in recognition of his role in promoting Indo-French ties. * He was voted the World Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 by Ernst and Young. He was one of the two people named as Asia’s Businessmen of the Year for 2003 by Fortune magazine. * In 2001, he was named by Time/CNN as...
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