‘Fortune favors action’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

‘Fortune favors action’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Saturday March 07, 2015,

4 min Read

From life transitions to leadership lessons, 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 35 gems and insights from the week of March 1-7 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


My goal and mandate will be to help build the world’s best product company with a global ambition. - Punit Soni, FlipKart

We are planning to go global and enter emerging markets in the future, but before we take that step we will win India. – Azeem Zainulbhai, Housing

Licensing and not litigation is the best way to monetize patents and generate revenue. – Gaurav Singhal and Harini Niveda, PatraCode Services

There has been a significant uptick in appetite for businesses that connect offline businesses to consumers via mobile. - Mukul Singhal, SAIF Partners

Inclusion via mobile is key to solving multiple problems in the emerging world. - Karan Mohla, IDG Ventures

Don’t let fear restrict you. - Belinda Mueller

It’s impossible to say that every kid is the same, and that all of them should be treated equally. - Vaishali Pai, Tamahar

Only when women are strong enough to stand for themselves will they become self reliant and respected by others. - Tammana Bhati, Hamaara Sahas

I always wanted to earn a lot of money but ethically. - Mohit Verma, Threadcraft India

Developing others is the true mark of a leader. – Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef

Transitions teach new things in life. - Sreowshi Sinha, Frugal Labs

I can’t stay inside a box. - Dia Mirza, actress and entrepreneur

When you take pictures of wildlife there is no second shoot. - Rathika Ramasamy, photographer

As a woman I have never thought I am less than any man. - Timple Luloo, Fugle Pharma

The used two wheeler market is pretty unorganised in India. - Chitra Banerjee, Bikers Highway

A yearbook is not just a book. It is something that stays with you forever. - Shikhar Saxena, Zaffingo

Understanding what your time is worth helps take crucial decisions in life. - Akshay Arora, SellYourTime

Being a leader requires the ability to understand your team. - Razia Begum, Stayzilla

Mobiles and wearables will co-exist, just as the web and mobile apps have and always will. - Rahul Varshneya, Apprise

There is a lot of social acceptance, lower risk levels, easy money and extensive support that is helping a lot of people to try out entrepreneurship. - R. Ramaraj, Sequoia

People are awestruck that after spending 15 lakhs in MBA we are still not earning a penny and then there our friends who salute us for the courage, smile when we do something good. - Tanushree Khandelwal, Fashionove

Ola and TaxiForSure share the same vision of revolutionising urban mobility. - Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola

I am really excited about the potential of Angel List-like platforms in India. - Sandhya Hegde, Khosla Impact Fund

Applying growth hacks to your e-commerce store revolves around being innovative and grabbing the attention of users. - Kaartik Iyer, Infigic

If it was guaranteed that you’d win at the end of the day then everybody would want to be in a startup. - Rajat Upadhyaya, Urban Ladder

10 million passengers are carried by Indian Railways on a daily basis. - Piyush Bothra, Railtiffin.com

The Indian food industry stands at US $50 billion and is growing rapidly. The appetite for good food has increased tremendously. - Saurabh Saxena, Holachef.com

Customers love the convenience of viewing their live bill and splitting it with their friends. - . Vithata, Prost Brewpub

The biggest challenge in a startup phase is surviving with your idea. - Akash Takwani, Teasage

Fortune favors action! If you are reading this sitting on a job you don’t like, quit your daydreaming and start living the dream. - Ishita Sharma, Candidly Couture

Increasingly, companies will be asked — by activists, investors and others — to provide the scientific rationale for their sustainability goals. - GreenBiz report

The product companies’ era is just beginning, and a lot will change in the future. - Mukund Mohan, Microsoft Ventures

No matter how much everyone prepares you, only your own experience can teach you the best lessons. - Jasminder Singh Gulati, Nowfloats

We are now entering an age where financial engineering and the folks behind acts like this are increasingly going to determine the future of the startup ecosystem in India. - Sumanth Raghavendra, Deck App Technologies


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).