The Untold Story of Infosys, By Co-Founder Kris Gopalakrishnan
Infosys was just a one-room office at its initial age. Infosys has come such a long way, from carrying their first computer on a bullock cart to mark $200 billion.
The Indian IT industry has come such a long way since a bullock cart delivered an IBM 1620 computer to IIT Kanpur in 1963. In FY2022, it will have over $200 billion in cumulative sales and 5 million employees across the globe.
In their book, Against All Odds: The IT narrative of India, Infosys co-founder and successful startup investor S “Kris” Gopalakrishnan, N Dayasindhu, and Krishnan Narayanan provide a detailed account of this journey.
The book provides an inside look at the numerous variables that lead to the construction of a flourishing sector that is a symbol of India’s worldwide rise.
It is replete with facts and statistics on the IT industry and its second-order impacts. Gopalakrishnan discussed missing possibilities in manufacturing, the government’s role in advancing the IT sector, his experiences creating Infosys, and the reasons why first-generation business owners frequently thrive in the technology sector in an interview with Moneycontrol.
Infosys, a reputable IT company in India, was founded in 1981 by seven young engineers: NR Narayana Murthy, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Nandan Nilekani, SD Shibulal, K Dinesh, Ashok Arora, and NS Raghavan.
The founders first shared apartments and offices, which helped them develop connections that would last a lifetime.
According to Kris Gopalakrishnan, there was only one private cabin at the Infosys office in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar district.
Gopalakrishnan remarked, “We were lucky that some of the clients were willing to pay us in advance.
On the first, we would send out the invoice, and by the 15th, we would receive payment, so that we can pay the salary in the next month.”