Narayana Murthy did not grow up with the most favourable circumstances but that didn’t hold him back from achieving phenomenal success. The first focus for Murthy was education. He received his master’s degree from IIT, Kanpur and post that he started working at IIM, Ahmedabad. However, soon after, Murthy decided to quit his 9-to5 job and embark on his entrepreneurial journey in the IT sector. It was a brave choice for him at the time but it worked out wonderfully well.
Narayana Murthy’s career and life before Infosys
In the early days of his career, Narayana Murthy started off as a Research Associate and then a Chief Systems Programmer at IIM, Ahmedabad. He worked closely on India’s first time-sharing computer system as well as designed a basic interpreter for Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL). However, after a short stint, he moved to entrepreneurship with his first company –Softronics. Interestingly, this was also the time when he was dating his current wife Sudha. Meanwhile, her father was adamant on Murthy having a stable job and was against the wedding. Coming back, Softronics was an IT services firm for the domestic market. Unfortunately, the firm didn’t achieve any success and Murthy was forced to bring it to a close only after a year and a half of operations.
With a tanked business and a bid to marry the love of his life, Murthy occupied the position of General Manager at Patni Computer Systems in Pune. Subsequently, he married Sudha Murthy a year later, in 1978.
The key role Narayana Murthy’s wife, Sudha Murthy played in kickstarting Infosys
In 1981, after quitting his job and borrowing Rs 10,000 from his wife, Murthy started Infosys. In a span of only four years, the company grew into a tech giant and employed over 2 lakh people, while also making Bangalore the IT hub of India. Not only did Murthy taste sweet success with Infosys, he also created an array of jobs for IT graduates. Little did he know, that his company would go on to become India’s second-largest IT company of all time. The company’s annual earnings of Rs 21,539 Cr in the past year (according to Economic Times) are a key indicator of its dominance in the IT sector around the world.
How Narayana Murthy became the pioneer of the IT world
Apart from his towering contributions to the Indian economy through his company, Narayana Murthyalso made significant benefactions to the IT world. The Global Delivery Model, which was designed and implemented by him, is now popular in IT companies around the globe and a familiar chapter in business schools as well. Now, everyday terms in the IT world – like off-shoring, near-shoring and no-shoring – were also coined by him. Soon, Murthy was recognised as the “father of the IT world” – the honour was first given to him byTime magazine and then quickly picked up by everyone else.