‘Ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing’ – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From Internet infrastructure to employee inspiration, 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 from the week of December 14-20 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

I want my son to grow up in a culture that respects women, men and children and where safety is a given, not an aspiration. - Surya Velamuri, SafeCity

Art and culture can serve as powerful agents in personal development and social change. - Laurence Estève, Zip-Zap

Ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing. - Kumud Srinivasan, Intel

Yoga becomes a way of life in, deed, speech and awareness. This is not just my story but everybody’s. - Rinku Suri, Yoga 101 Studio

The largest internet company in India has to be an Indian company. - Amod Malviya, Flipkart

With the hectic work and travel schedules of working people and entrepreneurs, making sure you have breakfast as a priority meal for the day is important. - Archana Doshi, Archana's Kitchen

There are a lot of companies in Japan that are looking to expand to India and this platform can be a means of entry. - Sho Nakanose, CloudLancer

Home design and furnishing is largely serviced by mom-n-pop shops today. The pain point at the consumer end is high. - Rahul Chowdhri, Helion

Intelligence is never unwelcome. - Melchizedec Sunararaj, CloudInfra

Hustlers, as we know, sold that ‘one in a billion idea’ with the right tactics. - Laxman Papineni, AppVirality

The “app economy” and the new generation start-up eco system are expected to give a boost to the growth of content and applications provisioning in the country. - V. Sridhar, IIIT-Bangalore

Offline retailers till now were wary of the growing clout of ecommerce industry suddenly realized that they could immensely benefit by adopting the hybrid medium of online and offline retail. - Dev Dave, DesiDime

Aap asparagus jaante hain? – Om Prakash, Kinnaur

There is only one key difference between the Indian and the Chinese scenario – and it lies in the presence of vernacular language mobile applications. - Phani Bhushan, Anant Computing Platform

Today, we get lost with buzz-words like disruption, market niche, valuations and so forth; but what really differentiates companies and entrepreneurs- people and values. - Naman Shah, BizEquity

Efficiency and productivity are more important that actual effort. - Hari Krishnan, MavenHive

This year I perceive that there will be a huge move towards mobile payments.  They represent a massive opportunity for commerce in India to move straight into mobile payments from Cash on Delivery. - Stewart Noakes, TechHub Bangalore

Beginnings are special. They are qualitatively different from all that comes afterward - Peter Thiel, PayPal Founder

OTP through SMS is an innovation from India, which people started to use across the globe. - Kumar Abhishek, MobileGullak

As technologies and economic engines evolve, the regulatory framework needs to keep pace with the new paradigms. - G Raghunandan, TaxiForSure

The most challenging time was when I was made head of the front end team — I basically just came to know what responsibilities mean rather than just being responsible for individual work. – Aman Singla, Housing.com

I am a committed believer in the social, economic, and personal value of angel investing. – David Rose, New York Angels

Believe in yourself and your idea. Don’t look for historical references; you never know you are creating a new one. Always lead by example. - Ankush Tiwari, Mobiliya

Top line is Vanity. Bottom line is Sanity. Cash Flow is Reality. - Ritvik Lukose, Vahura