Nandan Nilekani on The Daily Show

March 19, 2009
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Nandan Nilekani, billionaire and co-founder of Infosys was on the Daily Show last night.

It was inspiring to see the humility of such a successful, rich, famous man who has virtually helped define the Indian technology industry.

Here’s a video of his conversation with Jon Stewart.

“When we started the company, there were lots of problems. Everybody told us to go to America”

Such a telling statement. I wonder if that is still the case today.

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12 Responses to “ Nandan Nilekani on The Daily Show ”

  1. Philip on March 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Oh…i saw the video too. Quite a humble guy.

  2. Poonam on March 20, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Oh, this time you are late, Mr. News reader. I already read about it, saw the video on Sepiamutiny. :P

    I have read the excerpts of his latest book (about 50 pages) too, but haven’t bought it for I have too many books waiting to be finished. It seemed v informative, interesting books judging by the excerpt.

  3. Solilo on March 20, 2009 at 2:18 am

    A friend in his 40s once told us that after his engineering he got an interview with a company which sold oil and baby powder. When he went for the interview found 4 people in one room with computers and papers. Hh got the job but he wasn’t amused with the one room set up so chose a bigger company and later moved to Canada did his MS and Phd. and now works in US in a top level good company.

    The 3 people who were sitting in that one room set up actually make more than him now and are share holders of the company. The company is Wipro.

    Thanks for the video, AD. Another top level from Infosys is our neighbor in India. A very polite guy but goes in hiding because daily there are zillion people at his house asking for job.

  4. naperville mom on March 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Thanks so much for sharing… I did miss this interview. As u said, quite a down- to- earth guy… and IMHO, great people’re always humble. It’s the people who’re hangers- on, want- to be- seen- with- them kind who’re flashy:)

  5. amreekandesi on March 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    @Philip – Yes, humble he is a lot of.

    @Poonam – Little guy cant compete with the might of a SepiaMutiny! I didn’t realize this was up there already though.

    @Solilo – Thanks for sharing those little fun stories. Very interesting stuff that!

    @Naperville Mom – You’re welcome. I agree, great people very often tend to be very simple and unassuming. Another example coming to mind as i write this is Sachin Tendulkar.

  6. Mridu Khullar on March 22, 2009 at 1:43 am

    “Such a telling statement. I wonder if that is still the case today.”

    I doubt it. For Indians, it seems the opposite is now true. If you want to start a business, head to India. Especially given the current US economy.

  7. amreekandesi on March 22, 2009 at 11:51 am

    @Mridu – Welcome to Amreekandesi!

    I have mixed thoughts on this topic. On the one hand i hear about a growing entrepreneurship scene in India, but i also get the impression that in terms of technology, India still isn’t doing much high end work. Maybe some, but not a lot.

    But then, that’s just the cynical side of me. Mixed thoughts aside, if i were to start something i would head to India.

  8. Mridu Khullar on March 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    You’re probably right. I think it might be worth considering whether a person is an American citizen or not though. For those who aren’t, setting up shop in America can be very difficult. If you can travel regularly and get clients around the world, having a business can be very beneficial in terms of cost.

    I suspect we’ll see more numbers and surveys in the coming in the next few weeks and months. Personally, if I were setting up a business, I’d do so in India. And I am, in fact, heading back after considering opportunities in NYC. India seemed better. (To be fair, I’m a journalist who focuses on social injustice, so India is an obvious choice for my kind.)

  9. Philip on March 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    am reading his book, “Imagining India”. Wifey gifted me ;)

  10. dolphin on March 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    thanks for sharing the video!

  11. solar panels on April 8, 2009 at 2:48 am

    I like this video.He is a humble guy in my opinion.

  12. Celebrity News Aggregator on February 5, 2010 at 12:50 am

    What can I say? I like Jon

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