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'A good software engineer is nothing less than a celebrity' – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
1st Feb 2015
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From software engineers to UI designers, 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 25 gems and insights from the week of January 25-31 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


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A logo is not just a combination of some colors, shapes and fonts. A logo is an identity of your brand and the face of your business. - Vivek Raghavan, CrowdStudio

When a startup gets a high valuation for the seed round, then for the next round they need an even higher valuation and, that means the startup needs to rise up in his position a lot. - Agam Gupta, Quick Company

There are two key elements to consider while designing an experience, the breadth of customer interaction with your brand and the depth at which your brand connects with the customer. – Dhaval, Abir

Despite its relative neglect in the larger story of Indian nationalism, 1911 will always be remembered as a momentous event in the social history of Indian sport. – Boria Majumdar, historian

One shouldn’t just drop the idea for the fear of failure. - Sukriti Agarwal and Kaushal Modi, Outbox

Searching for new ideas is an endless process. – R.K. Laxman, cartoonist

A business venture without corporate social responsibility is doing nothing to aid the community. – Alexis Gomez, Helping Faceless

Very rarely does one get a chance to build something meaningful which can transform not just a single customer but an entire community. - Satya Vyas, Orobind

Renting makes sense for anyone and everyone who is looking for off the shelf solutions to furnish their house without spending much. – Parmeshwar, Rentomojo

Creating awareness about benefits of carpooling is a big challenge. - Pedro Meduna, Tripda

Currently, a majority of real-estate deals take place offline but there is a marked shift in this with 30% transactions being enabled through internet-based offerings. - Pankhuri Srivastava, Grabhouse.com

To me, a good software engineer is nothing less than a celebrity. - Mohit Saxena, InMobi

When cabs could be called at doorsteps through a call, why couldn’t auto rickshaws? - Karan Vir Singh, Tele Rickshaw

Once I had topped my batch and got the gold medal, everyone was proud. It wasn’t easy, though. - Anjana Bhaduria, first woman to win a gold medal in the Indian Army

In India, the business mentality is more flexible, it is not a problem to call someone at 8 am on a Sunday. - Swati Bhargava, Cash Karo

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think. – Oprah Winfrey

Learn something new every day to achieve the best. - Ashok Swain, California Burrito

Enterprise UI is woefully behind. - Scott Weiss, 16z

With the average urban Indian spending more than 1.5 hours daily in his car, automobile infotainment has got good scope. - Nagasai Arun, IoTBLR

Don’t just ask your initial users for feedback, meet up with them and observe them using your platform. - Shantanu Jain and Nitin Jain, MedYog

We believe we are one of the few VC funds that includes women in the investment team. - Suvir Sujan, Partner, Nexus Venture Partners

We felt there was a gap wherein the technology needs of small and medium-sized banks in emerging geographies were not being addressed. - Ashish Katkar, Verinite

56% of the content on the Web is in English and Indian languages collectively form only 0.01% of all online content. - Arvind Pani, Reverie

If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. - Emil Zatopek, Olympic gold medallist

Every year over 1 million workers will enter India’s workforce – and enabling these workers to find the right jobs matching their skills is imperative. - Rutvik Doshi, Inventus Capital

New behaviors with tech are just emerging. That’s a great time to bring new tech like AI and computer vision into the game. - Ashwini Asokan, Mad Street Den

If Indians can reach the Moon, they can surely solve India’s problems of energy, learning, food and nutrition, shelter, clean water, social justice, connectivity, and waste. – Vivek Wadhwa, Stanford University

Thousands of unknown freedom fighters laid down their lives in the struggle for independence. Does anyone know who their descendents are and how they are living? - Shivnath Jha, activist

YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).

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