‘2015 will be the launching point for India’s technology revolution’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From fashion and education to net neutrality and crowdfunding, 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 30 gems and insights from the week of December 28 – January 3 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 Fashion will be the key driver in the e-commerce growth story in India by 2015. - Venkat Vallabhaneni, angel investor

2015 will be the launching point for India’s technology revolution. – Vivek Wadhwa, Stanford University

Logistics infrastructures, irrational discounting, and returns are real challenges in India and we will continue to see these become bigger issues in the next 12-18 months. - Manish Chopra, Zovi

It is possible to travel safely with caution and yet with independence, and enjoy the beauty and hospitality that our country has to offer. - Vidula Tade, BuffyFish

Every rejection is a lesson. – Lloyd Shefsky, Kellogg School of Management

What really tipped the scale in our favour was the fact that we had no clue how it would turn out. - Medha Khanna, Grofers

If you say make me a chair and if they make you a stool, it may serve a purpose of sitting but it is not what you want. - Subhendu Panigrahi, Venturesity

Never compromise on team quality. Do not hire out of desperation. - Prukalpa Sankar, SocialCops

It’s the beginning of a long fight for net neutrality laws in India. - Smriti Tipirneni, legal consultant

Fashion is a style statement and something closely associated with your sensibility. It is not necessarily something expensive. - Rohit Gandhi, designer

If I start something, it has to change the marketplace forever or it’s not worth starting at all. - Shayan Italia, Biryani360

A lot of the basics are the same no matter what kind of company you are. - Pascal Finette, Singularity University

There is a huge scope of automating the financial transactions in the education sector and a business model based on technology can prove disruptive. - Ankur Sharma, FeePal

Many startup players seem to adopt the crowdfunding trend as never before, but just like our unique history of storytelling, crowdfunding in India is not a new phenomenon. – Vinay Dora, crowdfunding consultant

Some venture capitalists like to think of themselves as visionaries. But we really are opportunists. – Ann Winblad, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

India’s startups are pulling in Silicon Valley’s big hitters. – James Crabtree, Financial Times

Don’t just plan your success, but actually plan how to celebrate it. - Amit Punjabi, Sankalp Academy

An entrepreneur’s life is hard enough but being in India, the number of variables multiply. - Laxman Papineni, AppVirality

The future is going to be what we make it. It can be the Star Trek utopia or a Mad Max wreck, a creative playground or an Orwellian nightmare. – Vivek Wadhwa, Stanford University

Mobile is the new normal. - Sankar Krishnan, The Power of Mobile Banking

In 2014, the number of cellular connections exceeded the number of humans on the planet. – Chetan Sharma, mobile consultant

You are the mirror of divine beauty. – Rumi

Parents do not want to allow children to give priority to their passion while choosing their career. - Deepak Goel, TestFormula

Whenever I thought of retirement, there were people around me to inspire me to keep going till the time I could. – B.P. Baliga, aviation pioneer

We are more keen on getting young developers who don’t come from your usual pedigree engineering college. We’re looking for self taught developers, folks who’re really interested in technology. - Tathagat Varma, RSPCT

Ancient tales suggest that as long as humans have told stories, they have been intrigued with people who overcome adversity to succeed in life. – Ann Masten, Ordinary Logic

I love the Calvin and Hobbes series. One can really derive some deep insights from them. - Aprameya Radhakrishna, Taxi For Sure

Give yourself both the purpose and the opportunity to succeed on the most frequent basis that you possibly can. - Chris Hadfield, astronaut

I’m from Coimbatore and for those who don’t know – this place is the gold valley (similar to Silicon Valley) of India. It’s a huge hub of jewellery manufacturers. - Vivek Krishna, Krizda

India and its potential is my major inspiration, everyday there’s a new brilliant idea that launches. The landscape is ever evolving with people’s dreams and ambitions. – Nina Bual, SPA.ce


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