Million Dollar Question

Chiara Goia for TIME

Infosys' Bangalore campus has been a beacon of innovation. Will it remain so?

For years I have impressed Indian friends by telling them I was in the office of Infosys' founders one morning in 1991, when a phone call from the U.S. told them they had won their first $1 million contract, to build an inventory-management program for Reebok. In the context of the Indian IT industry, the experience is analogous to being in the room with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak when they sold their first Macintosh. The two Infosys founders I was visiting that morning included me in their celebration: N.R. Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani and I toasted each other...

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