“Facing failures early in life is actually a good thing” – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|7th Sep 2014
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From lessons learned to teacher tributes, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see last week’s post here)! Share these 20 gems and insights from the week of September 1-7 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Facing failures early in life is actually a good thing, as failures are a part of our lives and this is something I have learnt from the later part of my life. - Srinivasa Raghavan, Animaker

At least five Indian product companies have crossed or are on track for a $1 billion and the names include two from Pune. - iSpirt

Data is the fundamental building block on which next wave of solid businesses will be built. - Dhiraj Rajaram, muSigma

Entrepreneurs should move to developing countries to build their startups due to the lower cost of living. – Tim Ferris, The Four Hour Work Week

Keep marketing for later, first focus on product assortment. - Vikram Chopra, FabFurnish

If done with conviction, your pitch certainly will go unmatched. With practice, ensure that you value time and use it to your advantage. – Shradha Sharma

If you believe in yourself then your dreams can come true. Women have the capacity to do whatever they want, and they should fight for it. - Roshini Sharma

People stare more at screens now than at actual faces, so that’s the place to be. - Rohit Raj, The Glitch

Learning is a continuous process. Learning can come from anybody and anywhere. - Radhika Shrivastava, FIIB

When I know for sure that I am not going to take anything away from this world when I pass away, why waste my time in pursuit of material gains? - James Suresh Ambat, Sikkim Himalayan Academy

91% of Indian respondents believe innovation has improved people’s lives in last 10 years. - GE 2014 Global Innovation Barometer

Most of the problems that we Indians face are because of the anomalies in the education system. – Raghavmurari, Octofeb

Indian SaaS industry is growing massively and the only key to grow in this competitive industry is to increase your offerings. - Sahil Goel, KartRocket

Until the cost of smartphone acquisition falls and broadband services become efficient and affordable, mobile money will remain a pipe dream. – Sim Shagaya, Kong.com

Forever – is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson

We have free food, take leave when you require, free movies and outing sessions to keep folks ever ready to innovate and brainstorm. - Saurav Kumar, Cube26

How will we get educated if we get scared? - Bharti Kumari, teacher aged 16

Learn to play music and indulge in sports, since music will help you think about the abstract and sports will keep your body going. - Adityo Deshmukh, HelpShift

Ecommerce is a very capital intensive industry and companies will continue to burn a lot of capital to acquire more customers. - Danish Ahmed, Yebhi

The thought of failure, yet finding the courage to take the first step was our greatest risk… and our greatest blessing! - Shalini Menon, Educators Collective

I find a lot of inspiration in ordinary people who are a part of my life and who have dared to break barriers to do what they love. – Anshum Mandore, AM Photography

The home care industry in India is worth nearly $2-$4 billion, growing 25% annually. By 2025, it is estimated that nearly 20% of the Indian population would be senior citizens, and 70% of those over 65 would need long-term healthcare services. – The CareAtMyHome story

Life can become limitless if we are open to seeing things differently. - Jonathan Rotenberg, Boston Computer Society

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. – Swami Vivekananda