Top 20 Quotes from Mobile Sparks 2013!

The annual YourStory Mobile Sparks 2013 conference and showcase of Indian startups revealed not just the Top 10 notable mobile startups of India, but a wealth of insights and advice from investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, authors, techies and designers.

MobileSparks 2013

Here is my pick of the Top 20 quotes for mobile innovators.

(See also the Top 30 quotes for startups and innovators from YourStory’s TechSparks 2013 showcase here.)

Mobile is the biggest platform in the history of mankind.

- Karthee Madasamy, Qualcomm Ventures

Growth is uni-dimensional, scale is multi-dimensional.

- Subroto Bagchi, Mindtree

Mobile commerce will be a multi-trillion industry, not just multi-billion.

- Abinash Tripathy, Helpshift

Apps come and go, ecosystems are what will stay.

- Rahul Razdan, Tencent WeChat

Mobiles can help create not just a consumer revolution but a citizen revolution.

- Pronita Saxena, NextDrop

It now takes only 60 days for new smartphones to reach 20 million subscribers worldwide in sales.

- Dongshin Jung, Samsung

Sensors in smartphones are enabling new kinds of commerce not at all possible in the Web era.

- Abinash Tripathy, HelpShift

Even if you are in love with technology, you have to understand branding.

- Subroto Bagchi, Mindtree

Localisation is not just about translation, it is about understanding culture.

- Virat Khutal, Twist Mobile

Mobile apps can be global from Day One.

- Bharati Jacob, Seedfund

There is a golden opportunity for Indian mobile startups to disrupt global players.

- Shekhar Kirani, Accel Partners

The world is your market in mobile apps.

- Abinash Tripathy, HelpShift

Reputation is currency today.

- Subroto Bagchi, Mindtree

You can’t just say “let’s bootstrap and then design later” – you have to build in UX and UI right from the start.

- Ashwini Ashokan, Intel

Smartphones are powering the Internet of everything.

- Karthee Madasamy, Qualcomm Ventures

Advertising is not dead in mobile, it has not yet started!

- Girish Ramdas, Magzter

Meeting the unstated need of the unknown customer – that is the bleeding edge of innovation.

- Subroto Bagchi, Mindtree

Silicon Valley folks can’t even imagine the kinds of problems that exist in emerging economies; Indian startups can target this space and expand to other emerging economies.

- Rutvik Doshi, Inventus Capital

You can keep fishing in the Bay of Bengal, there’s enough fish there!

- Abinash Tripathy, Helpshift

The world needs love, food, a good night’s sleep, and security – not just social media or mobiles or cloud or Big Data!

- Subroto Bagchi, Mindtree

Madanmohan Rao

Madanmohan Rao

Madanmohan Rao is research director at YourStory Media and editor of five book series (http://amzn.to/NpHAoE). His interests include creativity, innovation, knowledge management, and digital media. Madan is also a DJ and writer on world music and jazz. He can be followed on Twitter at @MadanRao