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For Infy co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan, business is not a sprint but a marathon

He recalled that it took the IT behemoth 23 years to touch the $1 billion revenue mark.

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Oct 14, 2019, 02.35 PM IST
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Kris Gopalakrishnan, one of the co-founders of Infosys, left the IT giant five years ago, but he has remained active in the sector since.
Kris Gopalakrishnan, one of the co-founders of Infosys, left the IT giant five years ago, but he has remained active in the sector since. Today, he is a venture capitalist who supports early stage start-ups.

More importantly, however, he looks back at a nearly four-decade career to give them valuable advice on building their brand. And his number one advice? “Building a business takes time. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon,” he said at an event recently. He added start-ups must be boot strapped and maintain zero debt. “Many entrepreneurs think the ultimate goal is to secure external funding. But if you do that, investors will run the show and all you’d do is think about returns,” he added.

Speaking of Infosys’s growth as an example, he recalled that it took the IT behemoth 23 years to touch the $1 billion revenue mark. But the second billion took 23 months, while the third came in just 13.

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