India Today - - STATES - —M.G. Arun

N.R. Narayana Murthy set up In­fosys with six en­gi­neers in Pune out of a Rs 10,000 loan he took from his wife Sudha. To­day, the com­pany nets over $10.21 bil­lion (around Rs 65,464 crore) in rev­enue. Be­fore In­fosys, Murthy was chief sys­tems pro­gram­mer at IIM, Ahmedabad, and worked at Patni Com­puter Sys­tems, Pune. In­fosys went on to pi­o­neer the global delivery model and be­came the first In­dian IT com­pany to be listed on NASDAQ. Its em­ployee stock op­tions pro­gramme cre­ated some of In­dia’s first salar­ied mil­lion­aires. In­fosys cre­ated the digital net­work in­fra­struc­ture and sys­tems for the gov­ern­ment’s Goods and Ser­vices Tax re­form. “The con­cept of One Na­tion, One Tax, which is the agenda of the gov­ern­ment, has been suc­cess­fully en­vi­sioned by the In­fosys team and GST project team,” says COO U.B. Pravin Rao. The In­fosys Foun­da­tion works with the poor­est sec­tions of the so­ci­ety, while the In­fosys Sci­ence Foun­da­tion en­cour­ages sci­en­tists and re­searchers through its an­nual awards.

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