‘One other thing on my list is to ring the NASDAQ bell’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
22nd Feb 2015
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From rural education to luxury e-commerce, 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 40 gems and insights from the week of Feb 15-21 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


You have to work to even the playing field, which has been uneven for generations. - Ashwini Asokan, Mad Street Den

One other thing on my list is to ring the NASDAQ bell. - Anisha Singh, mydala

Every time I would be confused or find anything difficult I would grab my shoes and hit the trails. It kept my sanity. - Kavitha Kanaparthi, Globeracers

Knowing that we can make even a small difference in a child’s life is our source of strength. - Aditi Prasad and Deepti Rao Suchindran, Robotix Learning Solutions

Like never before, India has recently become a ‘cash country’ bringing along more welfare and more opportunities to spend. - Sameera Iyengar, SMART

In 2014, in Std III, only a fourth of all children can read a Std II text fluently. – ASER 2014 report

In India, even now, nobody talks about sex openly, even if they are facing problems. - Vivek Satya Mitram, AdviceAdda.com

I want to ensure colleges enrich their students with experiential learning, work culture immersion and help students gain a better picture of a potential career path. - Aditya Gandhi, Purple Squirrel

Quitting high paying jobs and sitting in a room, working really hard to chase your passion gives you all the motivation and happiness. - Bhanu Pratap Singh, Rime

For accommodation owners and customers, our end-to-end managed marketplace model has been our biggest strength. - Yogendra Vasupal, Stayzilla.com

Part-time working in India is a cultural shift and there is a need to develop an ecosystem around it. - Mohankumar Swaminathan, DoPartTime

We realize that building a successful company is a lot more than just a product. It requires business partnerships, networks, right funding strategy, and right initial hires. - Shripati Acharya, AngelPrime

I believe the most unwise thing for any startup would be to give away their services for free. Keep money involved from the very first day. - Hitesh Agarwal, Lazyshopr.com

When shit happens, move on. - Ashwin Mohan, Adesa

The more important thing I have learnt in the journey so far is not to get distracted by daily operations of the business. - Anubhav Gupta, RIGO

If you strongly believe that something good is going to happen, that will happen. - Kavya Thejasvini, JumkeyGirl

You cannot be fashionable if you are uncomfortable. – Oru, OnuOru

Any Indian business that wants to expand in Asia starts with South East Asia, because of its geographic and cultural proximity. - Ankit Rawal, inMobi

Ours is a ‘mobile first’ strategy, which we believe is a key differentiation. - Ankur Pandey, Uolo

Luxury products and services is a $14bn market in India, growing at 30 per cent on an annual basis. – ASSOCHAM report

The current beverage market in India does not offer a single product which is healthy. - Riju Gupta, JuiceUp

By the end of 2015 transactions from mobile devices will far eclipse those from desktops. – Satya Krishna Ganni, MartMobi

If you are in a service-product dilemma, think no further: do your product first. - Vivek Raghavan, CrowdStudio

The biggest benefit of a startup is that founders are running the show and they are the most passionate people. - Raunak Guha, RankHigher.in

The ESOP concept works only if the company is in a high-growth sector. - Agam Gupta, QuickCompany

Follow the lean principle, think big yet start small. – Kaartik Iyer, Infigic

It’s the moral karma of every successful entrepreneur to introduce budding entrepreneurs to relevant and useful people in the ecosystem. - Anurag Batra, Exchange4media

As an entrepreneur you need a thick skin and be a little “couldn’t care less” about what others say sometimes. - Mayur Mundada, AmbitionBox

There’s nothing more satisfying than creating something that’ll benefit people by solving a real problem, and fixing things the incumbent players in the market can’t. - Gaurav Anand, f1Circle

At the very outset, it is important to understand the short-term and long-term goals that each founder has for the venture as well as for themselves. - Dhruv Suri, PSA

Start up. It is always a win-win situation. If you succeed you’ve won, obviously. If you lose, experienced gained. - Shubhashish Shukla, Kalakratti

The future of teaching is the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage. – Will Poole, Unitus Seed Fund

I have a dream that one day people will be judged by the content of their character and not the colour of their passport. - Amrit Sharma, ‘India or Pakistan’ app

Customer obsession is one of our core values. - Rajiv Srivatsa, Urban Ladder

I see Savita Bhabhi soon moving from the realm of being an Internet-only porn star to becoming a much more mainstream brand with offline products. – ‘Deshmukh’

We will become the Flipkart of the battery and inverter segment. - Dawood Zafar, BookMyBattery

Any form of advertising needs to get the messaging and targeting correct. - Sreekanth Sastry, Antarjaal Innovations

Many analysts and armchair experts questioned and predicted our failure. And we only got appreciation and love from the users. - Rahul Sharma, Yu TeleVentures

Enjoy the fact that you are a woman. Don’t exploit it. - Apurva Purohit, Radio City

There is no better time than now. Just take the plunge. - Rahul Yadav, Yoddhas


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