Phaneesh Murthy

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Technology executive and consultant Phaneesh Murthy, in brief.

Phaneesh Murthy

Home: San Francisco Bay Area.  Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India.  Profession: Executive and consultant in business technology.  Organization: Primentor.  Title: CEO and Founder.  Alma mater: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (BTech); Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (MBA).

Personality profile: Driven, leader, learner.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Relentless.  How do you define a perfect friendship? One where honesty and respect are of the most importance.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? One where everyone involved is open to feedback and collaboration to produce the best result possible.  What is your greatest fear? Failure.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? And so forth.

What three emojis best describe you? 🧑‍💻✍️🐯

What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Donations and investments in tiger protection and preservation in India.  How do you relieve stress? Exercise and overall wellness activities that prioritize my health.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Being out in nature.

What book have you repeatedly read? Competing for the Future, by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? To be more productive by multi-treading, where I learned to solve different problems at different points in a day.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Generative AI.  What company or organization do you most admire? Nagarahole Tiger Reserve (Rajiv Gandhi National Park).

What is your big idea? I believe that I have the power to help those around me become better versions of themselves, and I have focused my work on helping entrepreneurs realize their visions and dreams. 

What change would you like to see in the world? I’d like to see more priority given to conserving natural habitats and the world around us.  What widely held belief do you reject? That differentiation is a challenge that cannot be overcome.  What mega-trend most excites you? The continued development of AI and Gen AI.  Newer technology fields always continue to interest me.

How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Enjoying myself in nature with family.  What advice would you give your younger self? Work a little harder on achieving work-life balance.  While there’s much to be said for extending oneself, creating better balance can help you avoid paying other costs along the way.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The day I founded my consulting business.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? College, specifically the major I chose for my undergraduate degree.

Personal mission: Helping younger entrepreneurs realize their vision and dreams while developing individuals, not just companies.  Favorite quote: “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle -when the sun comes up, you'd better be running” (Christopher McDougall).

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