‘Every disagreement is an opportunity to learn’ – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From e-commerce to eco products, 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 the previous post here)! Share these 20 gems and insights with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

We believe India is at a turning point in its development and have confidence that India will grow strongly over the next decade. - Masayoshi Son, SoftBank

Almost 48 percent women drop out of work before reaching mid levels and most do not come back. The loss of financial independence and loss of GDP value is both immense. - Sairee Chahal, SHEROES.in

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector is crucial to India’s economy. There are 30 million enterprises in various industries, employing 69 million people. Together, these account for 45% of the industrial output and 40% of the exports. - World Bank Group

Every disagreement is an opportunity to learn another perspective. - Raghava KK, artist & entrepreneur

Food tech is at its infancy in India. - Alok Jain, Yumist

Eliminating electricity wastage even with one customer can potentially help power many villages in India. This was one incident that reinforced our belief of driving a change with our business. – Zenatix

Indian wood requirements theoretically can be met with the entire agriculture residue that is burnt or wasted. India produces the most amounts of bio-resins in the world due to her agrarian habits, but they lie un-monetised. - David James, ChloroEarth

After the top 25-30 universities, the quality drops dramatically and the percentage of ready-to-employ graduates is dismally low. - Ashwin Ajila, iNurture

The faith and belief in my vision keeps my spirits up. And most importantly, the belief of your team in you is the biggest strength. - Aakanksha Bhargava, P.M. Relocations

We would like to see the startup culture spread across the world. - Ariel Pollock, U.S. Consulate Chennai

It is extremely important to get a content team in place if you plan to sell online. - Sachin Bhatia, Drishti-soft

By 2030, India will have 68 cities with populations over 1 million, while all of Europe only has 35 such cities. - David Back, Zoomcar

Comfort is making us selfish and lazy. - Kalyani Khona, Wanted Umbrella

Gamification is much more than just badges and points but they are a good way to get started with it. Happy experimenting! - Avinash Saurabh, Zoojoo.be

No matter how advanced your product is, if it is unappealing or not easy to use, people will not adopt it. - PaintCollar

Healthizen tries to serve as a direct, official and efficient channel for active citizen participation. It is in the spirit of democracy and partnership. - Dr. Sadhana, KSHSRC

Ready-to-cook is a very unique category in the F&B segment. – PC Musthafa, iD Fresh Food

“Mayank and Kiran’s book of mistakes” will certainly have more entries, but we’ll be wiser, having learnt from those! - Mayank Shah and Kiran Shastri, SmartPocket

We want everyone to know that in the 21st century there exists a place which has approximately 92% forest land, around 570 Islands, a rich marine life, breathtaking virgin beaches and active volcanoes. - Awez Khan, Experience Andamans

Employee to Entrepreneur is a very challenging journey. - Pradeep Bhogaiah, BigBakery

Dare to throw your innovation away and start again from scratch, rebuilding it. - Jan Baan, Dutch serial entrepreneur

Four years ago, less than 10% of the VCs we contacted had education in their portfolio or were interested in investing in the same. Today, more than 30% either have invested or are very interested in doing the same. - Rajat Sadana, E-GMAT

Sometimes you end up spending more time with your colleagues than your family and that is when you realize their importance in life. - Prateek Goel, ScaleArc

We want to create important conversations about child labour and the horrible such life little children endure right under the nose of civilised society. - Narendra and Gomtesh, Symphony Films

Open source is the biggest motivation for students to develop codes for the betterment of mankind. - Sagar Pandey, Python whiz, student