“Think beyond business plans” – 20 quotes from India’s startup journeys

From farming and power to e-learning and mobile money, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring the most notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see last week’s post here)! Share these gems and insights from the week of July 21-27 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Let’s start by encouraging our girls and peers to dream big and go after it in whatever-the-hell way they please. The world is theirs and they can have it all. – Ashwini Asokan, Mad Street Labs

I get more inspired by the negative comments that we receive. These words make us work harder than before to reach our destination. – MC Kaikanth, Infinite Engineers

Travel truly broadens your outlook towards life and everyone should travel irrespective of budget, time and company. – Ashpi Gupta, Mumbai Angels

Building a successful startup takes 8-10 years. – Arpit Agarwal, Blume Ventures

Free Download: ‘A beginner’s guide to app store optimization’

There are about 1,000 people in my network but the information of a lot of them just trails off my mind. – Ryan Roslansky, LinkedIn

People’s desire for online purchases underscores necessity for internationally acceptable e-payment. – Bisi Onasanya, FirstBank Nigeria

Our mission is to support the voices of women with the belief that to tell one’s story is a human right. – Masha Hamilton, activist

Think beyond business plans. – Snehal Nimje and Paras Jain, Townista

Learning is going digital. Both eBooks and digital coursework are seeing increasing adoption. – Nipun Mehra, Flipkart

A very simple indicator of what you feel for your work is the way you feel about it on a Sunday night or Monday morning! – Sravanth B., FrontalRain

Many times, you see a technology VC whose website looks like a relic. – Sid Talwar,

The distributed power segment will see explosive growth over the next few years. – Narayanan R., The Chennai Angels

Indian consumers spend over three hours a day on their smartphones. – Ericsson Consumer Labs

Ideas, no matter how simple or grandiose, need money and capital to be realised.  – John Rampton, Adogy

People are becoming more conscious of the environment and working towards its improvement – but are also unaware of how to do so and how to find time to take part in initiatives. – Sankalp Taru

Unlike the US where a majority of mobile startups are founded by 20-year old college drop-outs, in India, less than 10% are fresh out of college. – Helion Venture Capital

Go out and smell the fresh grass, ongoing analysis sitting in the comfort zone isn’t going to make things happen. – The Hammer & Mop story

The ecommerce industry in India, currently pegged in the range of $11-16 billion, has over 70% of the numbers coming from the online travel sector, with the rest coming from retailing. – YS Research

Young children are now tech savvy and prefer to spend more time on mobile phones and computers in comparison to text books. – Sipsala, Sri Lanka

Why we can’t become like Samsung, who is creating its own products and also has an identity. – Umang Srivastava, Casa Brands.


Are you working for/running a startup? Then here’s your startup’s chance to win big! Apply now to showcase your startup on India’s biggest launchpad, get on a TV show & more! Click here.

About the author

Madanmohan Rao is research director at YourStory Media and editor of five book series ( 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

Leave a Reply

Write your story
Share your stories with us and inspire others like you!

Free Download: 'A beginner's guide to app store optimization'

Never Miss a Story — Follow Us

Most Popular

Sign Up for the daily YS Newsletter for all the latest updates

Women Entrepreneurs