- “There’re no alternatives to hard work, discipline and professional ethics”
- "I dream of a completely integrated concept-to-packaged-silicon flow for both digital and mixed-signal ICs"
- "The goal is not to blindly follow the herd and copy ideas"
- "We dream of creating a special company ...where 'we' is always more important than 'me'
- "And miles to go before I sleep"
- "Information technology would be a key enabler for us"
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By being aware of the potential for failure in every success, we remain humble. By nurturing the seed of success in every failure, we remain hopeful. Murugavel Janakiraman, founder and CEO, Consim Info Pvt Ltd, has lived his life by this principle, and refuses to be carried away with the tide of success. When he embarked on his life's journey, it began with a failure. Accepting it as God's will, he moved on, only to realise that failure was actually the conception of his triumphant career.
I was born in Chennai, in a family where making ends meet was sometimes difficult. I am the first in my entire family to have studied past higher secondary and to attend college. The initial years weren't easy; I studied in a vernacular-medium school in Chennai. I have seen both difficult and progressive times, which enabled me to develop good values. The evocative memories of my upbringing help me stay grounded and humbled even when I am riding high on success. My teachers had a strong influence in my life, as they were the only ones I turned to for advice and motivation. They always encouraged me to do well in studies, and subsequently in life. Once I joined college, my parents were clueless what I was up to, as they had only studied till 6th and 4th grade, respectively. I looked up to my seniors and sought solace in their company during the difficult times. Besides my parents, I owe it to my teachers and seniors for whatever I am today.
Practice what you preach
I enjoy playing tennis. It helps me stay fit and energetic, and is a real stress-buster. I love having an aquarium, as it gives me the pleasure of owning a pet without the other hassles and noise, it is pleasant, colourful, and soothes the mind. I also love listening to music and reading books. On weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family.
The preparatory juncture
That was in the early 90s, and computers had made their presence felt in India. Every one was vying to study computer science, and so was I. And I was not just astonished, but elated to learn that graduation with chemistry as a major did not make a person eligible for a masters in Computer Science, but statistics did! This is when I realised that it was good that I did not get what I aspired for, because what I got instead was God's will, and God can never go wrong. Without sounding pompous, I think that is when the seed of my successful future was sown. I graduated in 1990, and subsequently pursued my masterâ€™s degree in Computer Science from the University of Madras. I was keen and interested in developing networking projects on the UNIX platform using the C language. I also enjoyed working on the internal projects that were given to me!
Some people are good in academics; for others, it's drama and sports that give them substantial exposure to help shape their career. I cannot pinpoint a single thing that I believe prepared me for future endeavours. But yes, I always had this go-getter trait in me. I voluntarily took up responsibilities in both school and college to organise fests, programmes and activities. That is what enabled me to hone my skills to be a successful entrepreneur, as I was determined to do something on my own, after studies.