“Ups and downs are synonymous to a startup. Every day is so different” – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys

From e-commerce and mobile ads to crowdfunding and event planning, 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 27 – August 2 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Who would have thought that the two 25 year-old young graduates from IIT-Delhi who were distributing bookmarks outside Gangaram bookstore (Bangalore) in 2007, will own a $5 billion company one day? – The Flipkart story

India is on track to be our fastest country ever to a billion dollars in gross sales. A big ‘thank you’ to our customers in India – we’ve never seen anything like this. – Jeff Bezos,

What drives me is the quest to constantly learn. I want to learn from every situation and everyone. – Roman Saini, IAS Officer

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We are the first mobile advertising platform that is beyond the banner ad. – Raja Hussain, Air Loyal

The ups and downs are synonymous to a startup. Every day is so different. One day is filled with a mad rush of optimism and the next day feels like everything is going down the drain. – Nazaneen Jalaludheen, Applied Robotics

It’s very easy and common of us – the urban, young, well-to-do India, to shake our heads and curse our country and the government’s apathy. – Raghu Dixit

We not only stress on making the subject interesting, we also make sure that it makes a long-term impact on the student. – Dinesh Lahoti, EduGenie

Challenges change every day and so do the means to handle them. – Suman Dash, Vastradi Jewels

A common problem in Indian Railways which we came across was whether the waiting list status will get confirmed or not. – Mohammad Amir, TrainMan

Aaron Swartz sacrificed his life for the freedom of information. – The Eklavya of our times

It was alarming to hear that adolescents were suffering from anxiety and depression due to internet infatuation. Another concern raised was that children were becoming obese. – Noopur Raghunath, eKAVACH

Close to 15% of web shops have never even considered looking into their ecommerce search engines. – Finnish startup Klevu

The adult sexual products market in India is expected to grow to Rs. 2,450 crores in 2016 and Rs. 8,700 crores in 2020. – Flipkart expansion story

Indians are waking up to ecommerce, and online shopping has become a necessity today. – Avnish Chhabria, Stylista

Coming from a Computer Science engineering background, we put in a lot of effort to bring out a clean website without any messy content. – Apoorav Gilotra, Gadget Adda

Personal and Corporate Event Planning is a billion dollar industry worldwide. – Rahul Rane,

Slowing down will actually help you go faster. – Michel Bachmann, Deceler8

[Mark Zuckerberg is] just getting started, He’s going to become the richest person on the planet. – David Kirkpatrick, author

Building a philanthropic foundation has its struggles. The foremost is ensuring stringent and rigorous qualification processes to keep credibility intact. – Vikrant Bhargava, LetzChange

India’s already strained healthcare infrastructure requires transformational strategies. Wireless technologies are revolutionizing healthcare. – Karthee Madasamy, Qualcomm Ventures India


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

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