|Born||11 September 1965|
|Occupation||Investor, marketer, writer, speaker, entrepreneur, columnist|
|Columns in WSJ, Businessworld, Business Today|
|Television||Business Baazigar, The Pitch|
Early life and education
Murthy was born and raised in a Tamil Brahmin family. His father was a colonel in the Indian Army. and was accepted into Osmania University to study chemical engineering, from where he dropped out at the age of 17.
He worked for the advertising agency FCB (then FCB/Ulka) and Grey Advertising (then Trikaya Grey) in India. He then moved to Ogilvy & Mather, Hong Kong. In 1994, he directed a set of six films for MTV with Shashanka Ghosh, for which they won the New Directors Showcase award at the Cannes Lions.
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Products||Integrated digital advertising on a pay-for-performance basis, involving SEM, SEO, SMM, Display, ORM, Email, SMS, mobile marketing|
Number of employees
Pinstorm is a digital advertising firm headquartered in Mumbai, India with offices in New Delhi, Bangalore, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Zurich and Santa Clara. The company was founded by Mahesh Murthy.
In March 2008, Pinstorm announced a non-equity partnership with the Lintas Media Group in India.
There have been multiple sexual harassment allegations against Murthy, dating back as early as 2003. A year after the first allegations of sexual misconduct came up against Murthy, nearly half a dozen women, one of them alleging rape, filed written complaints before the National Commission for Women (NCW).
In late 2017, the Mumbai police registered a case of sexual harassment against Murthy after India's National Commission of Women wrote to them about complaints they received from various women. Murthy has denied the allegations. In 2020, the Delhi High Court reversed its gag order on publishing sexual abuse allegations against Murthy. It also rejected the contention that the accusers were "disgruntled" as Murthy had rejected their business proposals, calling it a "bald plea".
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Pinstorm and Lintas Media Group have announced a significant non-equity partnership. Designed to push clients to performance-driven media choices, the alliance between the two leading firms in the offline and online worlds will put further pressure on traditional agencies and media houses. This move is being seen in media circles as a positive step towards a more evolved phase in digital advertising.
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With the help of Mahesh Murthy, founder and CEO of search engine marketing firm Pinstorm, and his team, this private bank monitors around 1,600 tweets or conversations a day.lt Relationship Management'
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- Apoorva Mandhani (8 July 2020). "Delhi HC reverses its gag order on publishing sexual abuse allegations against Mahesh Murthy". The Print. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
- "No Escape for Mahesh Murthy, the VC Who Went to Court to Stop Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him". Yahoo. Retrieved 12 January 2021.[dead link]