“Starting up a new business and long-distance running have much in common” – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|21st Sep 2014
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From mobile Internet to B2B startups, 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 14-20 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Starting up a new business and long-distance running have much in common. - Sridhar Venkatesh, Indix

Some startups hire an HR manager at 50 employees, some when they reach a 100. – Nitin Purswani, Zepo

There are lot of interesting problems around us, we just need to look around. - Anand Chitipothu, PyCon enthusiast

The explosive growth in mobile Internet is fundamentally reshaping the Indian classifieds Internet market. - Pranay Chulet, Quikr

Despite the company size, it is essential for any growing company to have an effective IP management strategy. - Gaurav Singhal, Patracode Services

Sustainability of a B2B company is much easier once it has secured a paying customer. Not to mention the huge earning potential once the company carves a niche for itself. - Kanumury Radhesh, IBM

There is a need to understand the consumer’s thoughts and preferences for a choosing a product, without influencing the selection process of the consumers in any way. – I.K. Rohit, Choosemybike

We teach people to respect the environment as a manifestation of the Supreme and to be conscious of the Supreme Being. – Jack Hebner, SurfingIndia.net

Messaging is one of the fastest growing communication channels in history, given its convenient asynchronous nature. - Rajesh Raju, Kalaari Capital

Everyone must have the skill of programming, whichever profession they are in. There will be a day in your career when you will realize that it is a superpower. - Ankit Jain, Cucumbertown

Whatever the pricing, there will always be people who want it cheaper. - V Narayan Raman, Tyto

Indian ecommerce and mobile sectors are delivering 30%+ growth rate – which attracts investors. - Ravi Gururaj, Nasscom Product Council

People are unsuccessful not because they did not try enough but because they did not try long enough. – Prashant Ashar, Pamac

The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. - Kin Hubbard

The Internet of Things (IoT) space offers tremendous opportunity and is not just about volume manufacturing but about innovation and smart devices. – Arvind Tewary, TiE IoT SIG

$30 million seems to be the new $5-10 million. - Parag Dhol, Inventus Capital

When you stop having fun at what you are doing, find something else to do. - Tereson Dupuy, Make It Happen

Inventory management is crucial to reduce wastage. - Hemant Thite, Stew Art

Life is just one long debugging triage. – Bo Ren, Facebook

In the realm of mobile money, India has a lot to learn from its African neighbours across the sparkling blue Indian Ocean. - Keya Madhvani, Acumen

The growth of mobile app downloads and smartphone usage has almost tripled in India in last couple of years. - Rajan Anandan, Google India

We have the software engineering horsepower of a Google, the design ambitions of an Apple and the e-commerce platform and customer service focus of an Amazon. - Hugo Barra, Xiaomi

Intelligent use of data is the future of everything on-line and mobile. - Naren Gupta, Nexus Venture Partners

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