NR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, says he measures the success of his company not on the figures it generates but on the happiness it creates. “The only way countries, like India, can solve the problem of poverty is by entrepreneurship”
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Mr Murthy says he is passionate about entrepreneurship. “In some sense, there is a religious fervour… religious dogma about these things,” he elaborates.
But growing up, Mr Murthy reveals he was ardently opposed to capitalism. “I was a strong leftist, almost a communist,” he recalls. It wasn’t until “a seminal experience” in Bulgaria where he was incarcerated by the authorities for almost 3 days that he forced himself to examine his beliefs.
“That’s when I realised that the only way countries, like India, can solve the problem of poverty is by entrepreneurship,” he says.
The realisation allowed him to transform from what he describes as “a confused leftist to a determined compassionate capitalist.”
Indeed, Mr Murthy says he measures the success of his company not on the figures and revenues it generates, but on the happiness it creates.
He believes that the impact of his company – indeed of entrepreneurship in general – extends not just to its employees, but to their families and beyond: “the children of those families have new opportunities… new hopes, new confidence. And that’s what makes me sleep well.”
– excerpt from http://www.bbc.co.uk/