The dollar I lost to George is repetitively making me think about Infosys. Here are three incidents that come to my mind today:
First incident – I don’t remember the exact date, but it has surely been 6-7 years. While debating on Infosys campaign based on Thom Friedman’s World Is Flat, Nandan Nilekani made one interesting statement. According to him, today Infosys can knock board room of any Global 2000 firms, and it gets opened. Possibly Nandan was right! With rising role in World Economic Forum, coveted positions like seat on Bill Clinton foundation, he surely was one of the most well connected Indian CEO.
Bangalore, October 2005; George Colony (Forrester’s Chairman and CEO) was in India. We finished our meeting with Infosys’ top brass – Murthy, Nandan and Kris and were on our way to Sarjapur Road to meet Mr. Premji. Earlier evening we were in the then new TCS facility at Banyan Park (Mumbai) to meet Mr. Ramadorai and the CTO.
We were discussing where Indian IT is heading and how these players will evolve. In his typical style, George asked me to stake my neck out and predict which company will be the first to cross US $10B mark. I thought Infosys will overtake TCS somewhere around 2009-10 and will be first to become 10 Billion dollar company. George thought other way round. This was how our $1 bet happened!
April 23, 2012; TCS announced its results and crossed the $10B mark.