“Building app engagement with millions of users is like creating magic” – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From vernacular Internet to spiritual 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 January 11-17 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 Being a mother of two little girls, it was an absolute nightmare for me to teach them about sexual abuse. - Deepa Kumar, HowToTellYourChild.com

We have contributed to reduce the usage of plastic bags in Pune. Citizens use 3.5. lakh plastic bags less every month. - Rohit Nayak, EcoAd

It is my firm belief that talent and performance will always be recognised, irrespective of gender. - Azra Fathima, Institution of Engineering and Technology

In 2015, 50,000 Gram Panchayats will be connected by the national fibre optic network. – Aruna Sundararajan, Bharat Broadband Network

India needs to grapple with the fact that failure makes you stronger. We need to ask: “How are failures rewarded?” - Zenia Tata, XPRIZE

Why do we see beauty in an old tree, but see nothing in an old person? - Seema Nanda, Nomadic Spalon

Make it easy for users to write in Hindi, not just type in Hindi. - Jayanth Mysore, Google

India, with its young, highly connected population, and multiple major urban hubs separated by long distances, has great potential for ridesharing. - Nicholas Brusson, BlaBlaCar

In our primary research we found 87% of individuals were interested in digitizing their medical records either for themselves or for their aging parents. - Kiran Kalakuntla, eKincare

Building app engagement with millions of users is like creating magic. - Raja Hussian, AirLoyal

Being a woman and a techie is difficult, and people don’t take you seriously until they see you code. - Rani Paruchuri, Dream Tekis Software

With over 35 million vehicles on road in India, we are the 5th largest in the world and increasing at the rate of 10 percent every year. - Jasmeet Singh, Speed Car Wash

To tap a wider user base, it’s important to have mobile wallet applications in a variety of vernacular languages. - Phani Bhushan, Anant Computing

2015 is going to see the birth of Indian ODM 2.0. - Ankush Tiwari, Agreeya Mobility

What good is any technology or advancement in science if it excludes the majority of the country? - Piyush Agarwalla, Venus Washing Machines

Physiologically, when you hold someone for twenty seconds or more, it releases feel good hormones. - Samantha Hess, professional cuddler

Public figures for the first time are having direct one on one conversations with millions of Indians. - Nikunj Jain, Frankly.me

Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India. - Snehal Shinde, Rdio

I think we are slaves to the legacy mindset that we should bow to the Facebooks, Instagrams, Googles, Yahoos and the Twitters of the world. - Karthik Reddy, Blume Ventures

Today, in the fashion industry, the opportunities don’t necessarily go to the big and established players, but to the fastest one out there. – Siddharth Munot, Bewakoof.com

The cost of living and attrition rate in Kolkata is lower so we can keep our costs down and quality high as well. - Sanjoy Chatterjee, Ideal Analytics Solutions

Sport has packed in it dollops of inspiration, invention and insight. - Vinay Kanchan, ‘Lessons from the Playground’

Whatever you think, that you will be. – Swami Vivekananda


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